A data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system is a set of software tools used to monitor, plan, and manage infrastructure components within the IT ‘white space’ including UPSs, PDUs, racks, rack PDUs, environmental monitoring gear, physical security, and fire detection/suppression systems. The aim of an effective data center infrastructure management initiative is to provide administrators with a holistic view of a data center's performance, so that energy, equipment and floor space are used as efficiently as possible.
A data center infrastructure management system effectively matches the facility’s resources with changing IT requirements, preventing downtime, improving resiliency and response, reducing operating expenses, and providing a sound basis for capacity planning decisions.
A well-implemented DCIM system helps operators to make the most efficient use of power, cooling, and space capacities. Availability of the physical infrastructure systems and the IT workloads that are supported by them is enhanced. At the same time, many data center management activities are simplified or automated, enabling operators to focus on other issues and tasks.