Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is gaining in popularity as a solution, and often viewed as one of today’s most significant areas of green computing. 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.
In a recently published article on Datacenter Dynamics UPS Ltd’s Alan Luscombe points out how bringing the UPS into the DCIM environment provides significant benefits in securing data center availability and efficiency.
“This relationship works best if DCIM/UPS communication is two-way”, he writes. “The DCIM software monitors the UPS status, and can make tactical or strategic decisions that drive changes to the UPS’s operation, maintenance plan or configuration.”
Luscombe is also convinced that the UPS topology plays a critical role in setting up a DCIM strategy that contributes to efficiency and availability. He recommends modular design:
“As data center loads become ever larger, more complex and changeable, DCIM offers a logical management solution while achieving greener, more highly-available data centers. UPSs with the right topology, software and communications capabilities can contribute significantly to these objectives.”
Read more at DCD: How your UPS installation can benefit your DCIM»