Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools – like ABB’s Decathlon for Data Centers – monitor, measure, manage and/or control data center utilization and energy consumption of all IT-related equipment (such as servers, storage and network switches) and facility infrastructure components (such as power distribution units and computer room air conditioners).
In a recently published article on ABB Conversations, Marina Thiry, Director of Strategic Marketing, Data Centers, for Process Automation Control Technologies (PACT) North America, points out that although this definition of DCIM hasn’t changed much over the years, the model has changed significantly.
„Once considered a set of disparate tools, expectations of DCIM have evolved from tools to a platform. A true platform is necessary because integration capabilities are no longer considered optional. No single technology solution (nor vendor) is viable for data center evolution.“
Moreover, the author mentions three other key factors that will shape and influence DCIM adoption.
First, she outlines how the criteria for asset management has expanded to virtual systems and cloud services. Second, she believes that end-users’ attitudes have evolved to begin accepting industrial automation as a necessary component to achieve stringent optimization targets. And third, more and more customers are demanding actionable insight from their data center operations for various roles, even roles outside of data center operations.
In combination with the other factors this demand for more transparency in data center management drives the widespread adoption of DCIM.