Data center, also known as the server farm, or the computer room is where electronic equipment needed for handling your data is stored and housed. This involves servers, storage and network devices which are here located, operated and managed. A well maintained data center will keep high standards of its environment for assuring that the data is safely secured, by supporting cooling, air handling, power distribution, backup power and so on. In addition, It needs to properly maintain and upgrade the electronic equipment itself.

A third-party entity that manages and distributes software-based services uses data centers to retain database information related to the decision-making processes of an organization. Efficient and carefully calculated management of a data center is essential with so much sensitive digital information depending upon it, and with all the various access points and parties involved. Everything in a data center must go like clockwork to avoid down time.

Data Center Components

  • White space – usable raised floor environment (measured in square feet)
  • Support infrastructure –  additional space (can consume 4-6 times more than white space) and equipment (power transformers, UPS, chillers…) required to support data center operations
  • IT equipment – all gear required to deliver computing services, such as racks, cabling, servers, storage…
  • Operations – the staff that controls systems from both support infrastructure and IT equipment, and assures they are properly maintained, and repaired when necessary

New Practice: Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tool

Modern data centers are challenged with disconnects between the facility and IT infrastructure architectures and processes. Tools, such as Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) emerged, to bridge this gap. Initially, DCIM tool was introduced and designed to reduce energy consumption of a data center, but has evolved over time, and is now transforming how the whole IT ecosystem of a data center is managed. Basically, along with virtualization and cloud computing, DCIM is offering a new approach to how both virtual and physical resources of a data center can be standardized and automatized.

Finding the right DCIM tool means that you will have complete visibility into your data center and how your equipment is performing. This is crucial in optimizing the performance, efficiency, and the market value of your organization. Once your documentation has been in order and you have defined your personal needs and goals (e.g. decided on what information you need to manage your data center, what equipment do you want to monitor), the DCIM tool will be successful in helping you:

  • simply locate all your assets
  • simply visualize all your assets
  • simply manage all your assets
  • get meaningful holistic information about interrelationships between assets
  • automate the commissioning of new equipment
  • automate planning/decision-making with simple “what if” scenarios
  • get valuable risk management information
  • think green and reduce energy consumption