Unified Data Center Management: 10 Data Points to Keep in Mind
The Cloud Is Making Unified IT Management a DCIM Imperative
Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is evolving facilities management to include the data center's IT infrastructure, thanks to the rise of private and public cloud technologies and virtualization. By giving IT professionals a holistic, real-time view of the entire IT infrastructure, DCIM can help align IT management with business services and ultimately create business value and meet business demands.
Innovative IT aimed at improving data center efficiency continues to gain ground in 2013. Continuing trends include new software that combines the management of physical and virtual assets in the data center along with the increasing use of automation in systems of all kinds. Then, there is the continued growth in deployment of cloud services and private cloud systems. IT managers are also squeezing costs and increasing efficiency from data centers that use less electricity. Next, massive workloads and storage capacities are required to process what we call big data. Hand-in-hand with that trend is the integration of business intelligence into just about all aspects of data management. Finally, there is the ever-growing volume of stored data in all its formats. Managing all this can be highly complicated, to say the least. But if an enterprise can find one central way to do it, that's nirvana. In this slide show, eWEEK worked with Raj Sabhlok, president of Pleasanton, Calif.-based ManageEngine, and senior research analyst Suvish Viswanathan to offer insight into unified data center management systems. Customers for ManageEngine's IT management package include Disney, Time Warner, Sony, Ericsson, Barclays and many others. Here is a free DCIM whitepaper to check out.