EcoStruxure IT and DCIM 3.0 in 60 seconds
EcoStruxure IT, our comprehensive DCIM solution, addresses the challenges of DCIM 3.0 by modernizing 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 center utilization 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 center 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 center 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 center 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 center 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
Modernize the management of IT infrastructure
Our comprehensive DCIM solution, EcoStruxure IT, enables secure monitoring, management, insights, planning, and modeling, from a single IT rack to hyper-scale IT, on premises, in the cloud, and at the edge.
The world has changed, and IT managers will require new DCIM tools to manage today's data centers. This is what we call the DCIM 3.0 trend: infrastructure everywhere, data centers without boundaries. Legacy DCIM software wasn’t created to meet these challenges, which is why we are investing in EcoStruxure IT.
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