DCIM.

Excel deploys and leverages market-leading DCIM solutions, ensuring the best use of the available physical resources and enabling the seamless integration of the datacentre into the enterprise’s other business management systems.

DCIM

With information being the enterprise organisation’s most strategic asset and competitive differentiator, the datacentre floor is inevitably a producer of enormous strategic value.

With a datacentre potentially comprising hundreds of millions of dollars in assets, and facilitating the flow of billions of dollars of information, DCIM becomes an essential management tool.

Modern DCIM suites touch every aspect of the operation of a datacentre, providing value in a range of different ways. Some of these ways have to do with controlling costs, some facilitate smoother and more supportable operations, and others make it easier to operate in compliance with government regulations.

Today’s most robust Datacentre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions include all the functions needed to support equipment provisioning, optimisation, remediation and documentation in your datacentre.

Planning

Each datacentre is shaped in its own way and has a fixed amount of floor space into which everything must fit. Datacentre racks are the basic building blocks from which datacentres are built. DCIM offerings enable racks to be placed on the floor tile map. As a result, the DCIM contains a high fidelity representation of the location and placement of every device.

Change management

Every asset in a datacentre has a life cycle and the increasing rate of change demands the incorporation of DCIM into any datacentre desiring efficiency. The fiscal benefits of deploying DCIM to manage changes can far exceed the savings derived from power savings alone.

Capacity management

One of the most sought-after capabilities of a modern DCIM suite is its capability to handle capacity. Whether considering floor space, weight, power, connectivity, or cooling, DCIM gives you clear visibility into these limiting factors.

Benefits of DCIM include:

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.

Excel is experienced in deploying the major DCIM systems including Nlyte, iTracs, Cormant CS and RiT.

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