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DCIM: Lost in Integrations




By Christophe Maisonnave, Asia Pacific and Japan Critical Facilities Strategies practice principal


The integration “no man’s land” is the biggest issue these days for DCIM to get out of the hype position that analysts assign to it. In addition to the actual technology-readiness and robustness, a larger issue will be the rules governing integrations. The fact is that today these rules are extremely open and undefined. Worse still, the capabilities and need for integration varies from vendor to vendor.


Most of the time, future users are not even able to define precisely what they need to transit, when they need to move their data, and where the DCIM master data information should be stored. If multiple systems create records – are the system able to overwrite data on another system? The system-to-system access control lists (ACLs), if you like, are empiric and need to be tested by most companies during their implementations.


So what can we do better? How can we make sure data is not flowing everywhere just because it is technically possible? How can we protect the respective databases of a DCIM ecosystem? 


Well, to be honest, the response is not simple today. Very few vendors have a robust story to present to clients, and more often than not they begin to realize the pain-points of putting integration business logic in place. Integration is much more than the actual technology and sets of application programming interfaces (APIs) proposed. In fact these out-of-the-box integrations are often just a polite handshake between vendors trying to sell their “joint” DCIM suites.


The way HP looks at this problem is to propose a universal staging zone able to help each customer to guaranty exchanges between DCIM point solutions. This approach provides a long term value proposition to the customers -- the removal of point-to-point integrations, the clarification of roles and responsibilities and the elimination of finger-pointing during the integration lifecycle.


The staging zone is set, and HP is the DCIM point-solution vendor who can manage the full  integration.


bio2_sm.jpgAbout Christophe Maisonnave …


He is Asia Pacific and Japan Critical Facilities Strategies practice principal, living and working in Singapore for the past 15 years. He has 14 years of experience at HP, in multiple IT roles spanning mechanical and electrical engineering to IT systems definitions and data center service management.


He currently works with several major customers in Asia, providing guidance and recommendations at different stages of their facility strategic initiatives. He also represents HP as a speaker at seminars and events, covering topics such as the next generation datacenter for cloud or green IT trend analysis for global and regional markets.


Prior to HP, Mr. Maisonnave was a senior consultant working for several French companies, acquiring broad international experience in his work for Leibherr Aerospace and Alcatel Space in Toulouse, France.

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