The UK press has really got its teeth into something chewy this week: horsemeat. Yes, that’s correct. Apparently, those too cheap to be true ready meals and burgers containing “100% pure beef” were just that – too cheap to be true! The supermarkets and food manufacturers are falling over themselves to cry “foul”. It seems the devil is in the labelling and the foodchain needs a good mucking out. Pure does not mean 100%.
So, pity the poor buyer of DCIM products who is faced with a bewildering range of
possibilities when considering products under that acronym. Unlike value burgers, the market penetration of DCIM is low and that seems to be down to several factors including: high prices, over-complexity, and integration difficulties. Yet, more and more data centre managers have energy reduction, capacity management, and infrastructure monitoring on their priority lists. These are where DCIM should be able to help and add value. However, those same data centre managers are often still relying on paper records, manual data capture, spreadsheets and personal experience as their primary tools.
It’s time to stop horsing around and get started with automating the monitoring of your data centres and server rooms and ICT labs. For example, we see so many facilities which have installed IP-addressable, metered power strips and inline meters and branch circuit metering and temperature and humidity sensors – yet the only monitoring in place is occasional manual reads. This makes no sense. Implementing a solution to automate the monitoring of all those devices, bringing them to life on live dashboards, and leveraging value from them through reports which deliver actionable information is achievable very cost-effectively.
Getting into DCIM might not be as cheap as buying a value burger but if you know what you want to achieve for your data centre then you can realise outstanding value for your business. Look for a solution that lets you get started quickly and with minimal business risk. Make sure it can scale up to meet your growing needs and cope with the increasing complexity likely to go with that growth. Be sure it is vendor independent when it comes to hardware. Test out the candidate to ensure it is a “100% pure” solution match to your goals. Get in touch if you need any help. And then jump into the saddle!