The three physical resources that have the biggest impact on datacentre cost are power, cooling, and floor space. The analytics functions of DCIM installations show where and how these physical resources are used and predict future needs based on existing trends.
DCIM enables organizations to create baselines from which they can author new optimized workflows and manage their assets over long periods of time. With DCIM, organisations can capture current business practices and then modify them to optimize performance and improve efficiency.
Datacentre consolidation has been a major trend for the past several years, and it promises to continue on into the future. Advances in computing technology have enabled the concentration of more computing power into an ever-smaller space. DCIM directly supports the volume of commissioning and decommissioning of computing equipment found in datacentres that are undergoing consolidation and becomes an essential enabler of datacentre migration and consolidation projects.
A datacentre’s operating costs are dominated by the carrying cost of the IT equipment and its power and cooling. In order to make the optimisations that will reduce power consumption and save money, a wide array of measurements must be made and evaluated to get a baseline of the resources currently in use by the datacentre. DCIM can then identify areas that can be optimized. As computing load and other conditions change, DCIM continues to suggest adjustments that can provide continuous improvement.
There is an urgency to trim electricity usage in the datacentre due to its sheer magnitude and associated costs. DCIM provides the information that enables datacentre managers to identify equipment that uses more resources than are justified, enabling replacement by more efficient equipment.