How DCIM improves data center planning while cutting operational costs

Some data center operators do not use any physical infrastructure management tools. This can be risky.

Oct 18th, 2012

A recent white paper from APC-Schneider Electric demonstrates, through a series of examples, how data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software tools can simplify a data center's operational processes, while cutting costs and speeding up information delivery.

The document's premise is that IT and business executives have realized that hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy and operational costs can be saved by improved physical infrastructure planning, by minor system reconfiguration, and by small process changes. The systems which allow management to leverage these savings consist of modern data center physical infrastructure (i.e. power and cooling) management software tools. Further, legacy reporting systems, designed to support traditional data centers, are no longer adequate for new “agile” data centers that need to manage constant capacity changes and dynamic loads, contends APC-Schneider Electric.

As noted in the white paper's introduction, "Some data center operators do not use any physical infrastructure management tools. This can be risky. One operator who only managed 15 racks at a small manufacturing firm, for example, felt that the data center operations 'tribal knowledge' he had acquired over the years could help him handle any threatening situation. However, over time, his 15 racks became much denser. His energy bills went up and his cooling and power systems drifted out of balance. At one point, when he added a new server, he overloaded a branch circuit and took down an entire rack."

Read the full white paper here.


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