What should you look for in a DCIM vendor? What’s myth? What’s real?

DCIM: Myth vs. Reality

DCIM: Myth Vs. Reality, written by our own Dan Fry and published at Computer Technology Review, strips away the market hype.

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Information is Power

3D visualization shows you living, breathing web of assets in context.

Physical and logical
New trends in cloud computing, green IT, and virtualization require a new model.

The power chain
Reduce energy consumption and costs as an integrated initiative.

The Insight You Need To Compete and Win

For many companies, the staggering amounts of raw data that can be pulled from their IT systems can be overwhelming, compromising their ability to track, sort, analyze, and leverage this information so it becomes useful, actionable insight. This is true in the data center as well as for other physical infrastructure.

The good news? IT executives who can transform raw data into usable information can quickly exploit emerging technological opportunities, respond to the changing needs of the business, and generate maximum value for the enterprise.

The problem? Conventional physical infrastructure data collection tools typically collect only pockets of information in a fragmented process where there is no centralized control and command – and no way to turn the data into genuinely transformative insight.

iTRACS, fortunately, has the solution.

Our Converged Physical Infrastructure Management™ (CPIM®) platform uses the data center as the hub of data collection, offering a single repository of information collected across your entire physical infrastructure. This raw data is then transformed by CPIM into actionable insight that empowers you to generate a new level of value from your IT.

The convergence of your logical and physical layers.

Traditionally, the logical and physical sides of the data center have been treated and managed as two separate silos, creating technical roadblocks and costly delays in the ability of the data center manager to execute Moves, Adds, and Changes, plan for capacity, assess utilization, or make rapid, efficient infrastructure improvements. This has been the natural but costly fallout of the inherent limitations of conventional DCIM tools that were unable to correlate the two. But iTRACS is changing all of this with a new converged paradigm. Our CPIM software sees the demands of your applications, and intuitively – and automatically – understands how those demands affect your physical assets. This gives you a unique ability to understand and manage capacity, utilization, and power management within the context of the interrelated whole.

Example of CPIM in action – reducing energy consumption and costs.

Reducing energy consumption is top-of-mind in every data center today. The good news? CPIM can collect all of your energy-related data in real time – from power strips, server-based energy management tools, HVAC, PDUs, and other equipment across your entire physical infrastructure – and drop it into a single, central CPIM repository. This information is then managed in the CPIM environment and presented to you in a holistic, context-rich view that makes it easy to understand your overall power burn, where energy consumption can be reduced, the costs savings associated with that reduction, and how to do it with optimum speed and efficiency.

Our vivid, dynamic, real-time 3D visualization transforms your power usage data from mere static information into context-rich, actionable insight based upon the software’s unique ability to see, understand, and show you the myriad interrelationships between all of your individual devices, assets, and physical components – including every aspect of power and network connectivity.

For IT executives seeking a competitive advantage, CPIM’s context-rich, actionable insight opens a world of opportunity in physical infrastructure management that extends far beyond just power management:

  • Improved operational and diagnostic decision-making that ensures optimum performance, availability, and uptime
  • Deep-dive analytics to optimize the data center as a strategic business asset
  • Best-in-class strategies for intelligent commissioning, capacity planning, virtualization, green data centers, and other initiatives
  • Integrated “single pane” visibility into and management of the power chain across the enterprise so you can reduce energy consumption and costs not only in the data center, but the entire building and facilities infrastructure

What does actionable insight from CPIM encompass? Take a look:

How can you use this insight to create competitive advantage for your organization? Just about any way you want.