Energy cost reduction of 30%
DCIM is important for different stakeholders within an organisation. Most obviously perhaps, the IT department, who’s role it is to keep the IT infrastructure going.
The facilities department has an interest as it supplies power and cooling, plus has a duty to maintain building infrastructure. The executive team and finance departments will be focused on how DCIM can reduce costs whilst improving corporate management tasks.
Energy Consumption and Green IT
Well configured DCIM helps to minimise the impact IT infrastructure has on the environment. As the internet and wider IT currently consumes around 10% of the worlds electricity, efficiency increases in this sector are globally significant. Sophisticated DCIM software can allow IT infrastructure to be optimised for resiliency and efficiency by providing actionable intelligence aimed at reducing energy consumption. Certain DCIM tools can consolidate virtual servers on to fewer machines, optimise data centre cooling as demand shifts and assist with future change by including computational fluid dynamic models to assist with efficient airflow.
Capacity Planning and Avoiding Downtime
DCIM software can help IT or Facilities Managers identify the devices or services responsible for capacity constraints. Capacity planning requires the IT and Facilities teams to plan for critical resource allocation within the datacentre, ensuring that the data centre’s function is always met. DCIM tools help with capacity planning by providing real-time detailed insight to facilities management and IT staff, allowing optimum resource utilisation and allocation.
IT Infrastructure needs to be constantly monitored to ensure maximum server uptime. Unplanned data centre downtime can spell disaster for a company, costing potentially millions of pounds while also causing huge damage to a company’s reputation. Cloud based DCIM software such as EcoStruxure IT can perform high-level analytics to provide predictive and prescriptive maintenance. EcoStruxure predicts when failures may occur and can make recommendations to increase resilience and enable you to take a proactive role in the management of your IT estate. EcoStruxure IT Expert pulls sensor readings up to the data-lake for each connected device to check for anomalies, harsh operating conditions, pre-failure patterns and to benchmark assets against every other similar connected device in the world.
A good DCIM software package should go some way to answering the questions below.
- Is my equipment currently operating as it should be? Are there any alarms?
- What changes can I make to run my systems more efficiently?
- What capacity shortfalls may I face in the future?
- Are they any proactive maintenance procedures that my systems require, and are there any problems on the horizon?
Without proper visibility, it is almost impossible to successfully manage IT infrastructure.
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