Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools

DCIM: What used to be a much simpler subject a few years ago has blossomed into a fast-developing part of the data center industry.  Today it seems like there are many qualified tools and packages on the market to help with managing your white space, but also much beyond.  This has mainly come from the outside in – facilities support software tools were developed and applied to help with the IT infrastructure instead of IT management tools growing beyond the white space to track more than IT.  We’ll be following the many tools as compared by Gartner and other third party reviewers as well as asking and reviewing more from the providers themselves.

Schneider Electric (via APC) has a white paper establishing a classification to their products.  This is a useful beginning point when thinking of what needs to be covered in a data center, but by no means the end.  The latest revision (3) offers a good insight on what to expect for your DCIM product:

Classification of Data Center Management Software Tools

It is free and in PDF format.

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