You’ve probably heard of Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM),a new breed of software designed to fill the gap between Facilities and IT teams and Building Management Systems and IT management systems. But how can you know if DCIM is right for you?
This blog post by our partner Sunbird Software answers this question by highlighting common data centre scenarios where DCIM can help you save time and money, improve operational workflows, and increase efficiency.
Read on to discover four signs that indicate you may want to consider investing in DCIM.
With your data centres constantly changing to keep up with user needs, how do you know if you are managing all of the components effectively? If your situation falls into one of these four scenarios, DCIM may create the efficiency boost you need to handle future growth.
1. You rely on multiple spreadsheets in different locations to track assets.
Excel files function well enough when storing static information, but their brilliance fades when tracking statuses, processes, and assets that frequently change. A few forgetful employees and unsaved updates can corrupt records with incorrect, out-of-date, or missing data. Integrating these files with other systems is often a time-consuming, patchwork solution. In some situations, even the most complex spreadsheets cannot provide the information you need.
DCIM streamlines asset management with transparent workflow. With DCIM’s single, centralized database, employees can access real-time information from any location. Integrated ticketing, monitoring, and reporting improve accuracy. DCIM also tracks space and capacity, allowing you to evaluate scenarios and ensure that space is available and can be reserved before committing to a move.
2. You use trial and error for temperature and humidity levels.
Finding the balance between uptime and energy usage can be difficult. If you lower temperatures unnecessarily, you waste electricity. If you raise temperatures too much, you save money on power but you risk equipment overheating.
DCIM eliminates overcooling and hot spots. The software lets you visualise scenarios to determine how high or low temperatures can be set and how much money the changes will save. Additionally, DCIM dashboards provide this information and more in a single-pane-of-glass view.
3. You drive to the data centre every time you have a problem.
Does your troubleshooting start with a trip into the data centre? Once there, do you struggle to locate the asset in trouble?
DCIM lets you visualise problems and potential solutions—without setting foot on site. You can troubleshoot assets, connections, floor plans, power chains, and circuits and then provide specific direction to technicians on restoring service. You can improve communication among on-site and remote technicians, monitor work orders at each step, and avoid unauthorized changes. After service has been brought back, you can analyse event reports to prevent additional outages.
4. You think you need a new data centre.
Have you reached maximum capacity? Are you worried about finding funding for a new data centre?
With DCIM, you efficiently use the capacity you have, eliminating stranded capacity and the potential to incur new expenses. Trending and forecasting allow you to predict and budget for future space and power needs. You can review space and power graphs to avoid overprovisioning.
Overall, DCIM helps you streamline workflows, regulate power consumption, implement remote management, or maximize capacity.
Want to learn more about how DCIM can help you improve data centre efficiency, capacity utilisation, and operations workflow? Watch the on demand version of our latest webinar now.