The IT aspects of DCIM are primarily concerned with resource and process management. Do you have enough space and power in the right place for new application rollout? Are the provisioning, remediation, and decommissioning workflows the correct ones? Are these processes repeatable and defendable? These are the main questions that IT managers are asking, and they’re looking to DCIM for the answers. Today’s DCIM software should be able to give answers to these questions with an easy-to-comprehend visual representation of the state of the system at any point in time.
To the facilities manager, visibility of the real-time status of energy usage and cooling effectiveness is important, as is the capability to manage capacity-related planning and what-if scenarios. Job one is to reduce downtime by providing an environment that enables continuing, trouble-free operation. This must also be accompanied by a clear understanding of the impact of new projects on power and cooling resources.
IT and facilities management must constantly maintain a delicate balancing act to match the supply of computing with the ever-changing demand for it. A major business goal is to provide needed computing services at the lowest possible cost per unit of work. To do that, organizations must follow data center best practices and maintain sufficient capacity to satisfy peak demand while simultaneously planning for future computing needs over time. In the future, DCIM systems will be a critical set of metrics to be used by virtualization systems to perform the matching operation between computing supply and demand automatically, without human intervention.