More and more Data Centres are implementing Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software. Do you need to?
Using home-grown databases, Visio drawings or Excel sheets to manage your data centre infrastructure is error-prone, cumbersome and difficult to accurately maintain in an operational environment where many changes take place. Ultimately it’s costly. Here are six reasons, as identified by Patch Manager, for investing in a DCIM solution:
- It saves you time and money
DCIM software enables you to easily organise, locate and store information relating to your physical layer assets. Data centre storage capacity is expensive. Studies have shown that most data centres under-utilise their existing infrastructure, which means that they might be expanding their storage capacity without using all of their potential space. Without a DCIM, it is hard to keep track of everything, even in a small network, not to mention a larger one. For this reason alone, it is worth investing in the right DCIM software.
- Cable and connectivity management
The cabling of any data centre is a vital element of the infrastructure, yet its importance is frequently undervalued. Inconsistent cabling can lead to significant downtime and costs, which affects reliability and efficiency. A DCIM solution that places cable management on a genuine equal footing to device and rack management will provide you with the tools to manage your entire infrastructure down to the port, connector and cable strand.
Accurate visualization enable you to organize your data centre, from rooms and racks, down to device, port and cable level. With a DCIM solution, you can view 2D or 3D visual representations of your infrastructure, including rack elevations, asset locations and connectivity. These features allow you to plan changes more easily, and when troubleshooting network issues, can reduce the need to send technicians on-site for visual inspections.
- Change management
Errors in performing network changes can prove to be very costly for your organisation, both in terms of downtime and inefficient use of resources when planning moves or expansions. A DCIM solution will allow you to plan your network changes according to change processes through work orders and work flows. This not only greatly reduces the chances of errors being made, but also provides a detailed audit trail, greatly increasing the chances of being able to swiftly take corrective action in the event of any errors occurring.
Home-grown databases, Visio drawings or Excel sheets become even less maintainable as your network grows. A DCIM solution that delivers high and consistent performance will alleviate this problem. Another consideration is that your network data is not just of interest to your network professionals, but is also a gold mine of information for many other roles within your organisation. For example, your purchasing department may require to accurately track current stock and store levels. As more and more users tap into this information, it is vital that the DCIM solution will scale accordingly.
- Reporting and greater efficiency
Reporting is an integral part of data centre management. A DCIM solution will provide data that you can reply on and will allow you to generate both engineering and management reports on a wide range of subjects. This will ultimately help you decide how to proceed with your everyday operations and will provide you with valuable insight for making long term decisions.
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