EcoStruxure IT and DCIM 3.0 in 60 seconds
EcoStruxure IT, our comprehensive DCIM solution, addresses the challenges of DCIM 3.0 by modernising the software portfolio for monitoring and management of sprawling, hybrid IT infrastructure, which has become increasingly complex in the last few years.
But first, what is DCIM?
In their last DCIM Magic Quadrant report, industry experts at Gartner define DCIM as “tools (that) monitor, measure, manage and/or control data centre utilisation and energy consumption of all IT-related equipment (such as servers, storage, and network switches) and facility infrastructure components (such as power distribution units (PDUs) and computer room air conditioners (CRACs)).” The report goes on to make clear DCIM primarily covers “the equipment that provides the power, cooling, and physical security necessary to keep the IT systems up and running.”
DCIM goes beyond basic device monitoring to enable data centre operators to understand what’s happening in their environments, including power and cooling device status. The idea is to help managers prevent problems and to aid in planning for future requirements and optimum equipment placement.
Data centre management software generally falls into two main categories: monitoring/automation and planning/implementation. The first category deals with monitoring and automation of the IT room and facility power, environmental control, and security. It helps ensure the data centre is operating as designed and provides user-configurable thresholds for alarms on physical devices, including heat, ventilation, and air conditioning. It also reports on real-time, average, and peak power use, and measures power usage effectiveness (PUE). Planning and implementation software focuses on helping IT managers facilitate data centre changes, deploy new equipment for peak efficiency, and track assets. It supports “what-if” scenarios to help with planning and reduce the total cost of ownership.
DCIM helps customers with four key pain points:
- Preventing downtime
- Lack of remote monitoring and management
- Managing equipment from multiple vendors
- Dealing with a large number of sites with limited or no IT staff