Hey, IT types and Facilities honchos – can you please play nicely together?
Because the C-suite has got its eye on you.
Many CIOs, urged on by savings-hungry CFOs, are placing data center energy efficiency at or near the top of their agenda for this year. They’re unlikely to make much progress unless they find a way to integrate management of the physical layer with enhanced monitoring, reporting and management of energy consumption across every link in the power chain.
Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions attempt to do just that, and the market for these goods and services is exploding. Software vendors, in particular, are crowding into this space and can expect to see the market expand by a compound annual growth rate close to 40 percent through 2015, according to analyst firm 451 Research. (Network Computing blogger Steve Wexler looks at the growth numbers in this piece on the emerging DCIM software market.)
But DCIM extends far beyond software, touching just about every aspect of the IT processing infrastructure. And the potential benefits go beyond energy cost savings. It’s a complex discipline, and it’s morphing at a dizzying rate. Indeed, the FAQs for DCIM are often pretty basic: What exactly is it? How does it work?
For a quick intro to DCIM, check out a new post to the Enterprise CIO Forum blog by HP’s energy and sustainability management expert Ian Jagger: The Least You Need to Know About Data Center Infrastructure Management.
Ian covers all the basics: What does DCIM look like to IT leaders? What does it look like from the Facilities viewpoint? Where are the performance challenges for DCIM solutions? What are the potential pitfalls with “plug-and play” approaches? It’s a quick guide to what Ian calls “the magic” that can get IT and Facilities on the same page.
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