Making sense of the data centre

DCIM solutions are increasing in uptake as organisations look to improve visibility in expanding data centres and to enhance controls and performance of their compute infrastructure

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Making sense of the data centre Data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions are becoming standard to help manage increasingly complex environments.
By  Keri Allan Published  January 8, 2015

Data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions are becoming of interest to a growing number of the region’s CIOs. Their integration of IT and facility management disciplines, allowing centralisation of data centre monitoring, management and capacity planning, has become an appealing proposition.

With increased demand in data centre virtualisation, enterprise migration into private clouds and operational cost optimisation, DCIM is emerging as an important trend. A 2014 Micromarket monitor report highlights that the Middle East and Africa (MEA) DCIM market is expected to grow from $84.9m this year to $578.3m in 2019. Meanwhile, Navigant Research forecasts that global DCIM spending will grow from 2013’s $663.2m to over $4.5bn in 2020.

Indeed, there has been a rapid transition from future looking curiosity to a funded set of deployment initiatives, with most of the upcoming data centres looking at implementing DCIM solutions from the start.

“Companies that operate commercial data centres of more than 1,000 square metres as well as those companies with 500 or more employees are now evaluating or adopting DCIM. This includes in-house enterprises as well as co-location operator facilities,” says Mark J. Harris, vice president of Marketing and Data Center Strategy at Nlyte Software.

“The reasons vary, but in recent surveys across Eurasia, the primary reason identified was capacity planning, both for IT and facilities resources. Worth noting in a few cases, DCIM was selected for new data centre build-outs because it ‘simply made sense’ to start the operation of a new data centre properly with capacity planning and asset lifecycle management and associated business-grade analytics,” he notes.

Rajesh Rajan, Sales Manager – IT infrastructure & Datacentre, Rittal Middle East said that medium to large size data centres are implementing DCIM, aimed at monitoring and managing their IT infrastructure. The savings achieved through effective monitoring can go a long way in reducing the OPEX, also preventing mishaps that may lead to downtime.

As Jim Curran, VP Enterprise Sales MEA at Commscope puts it, the region’s data centres have become both a very complex and very dynamic environment at the same time. “Without DCIM to operate and maintain this environment, data centre managers’ jobs will be a ‘mission impossible’,” he says.

Schneider Electric has witnessed the greatest demand for DCIM from KSA, Qatar and UAE. The company believes markets such as the Middle East, which is still a relatively new player, bring their own advantages.

“For instance users in these markets are able to leap over the early phases of development that more mature markets enforce. This is to help consumers to re-focus on improving efficiency through methods such as heat-recycling and a comprehensive unified data centre operation approach — DCIM provides such solutions,” says Thierry Chamayou, ITB vice president, Middle East, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Schneider Electric.

DCIM solutions optimise capacity, efficiency, agility and strategic value by offering visibility and control over the entire data centre ecosystem.

According to Rajan, the CIO can gain “a dashboard view of all his facilities in a physical layer presentation, which facilitates better management and control while monitoring the trouble spots. Operational expenses in terms of power and cooling spent can be monitored from the  dashboard which facilitates effective control and billing of each department, if it calls for distribution of operational cost across different departments.”

However, they can vary greatly from vendor to vendor.

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