This white paper from Cormant and Fluke Networks  examines the demand for network connectivity by DCIM solutions. Several new dynamics are affecting the management of enterprise datacenters. One is the increased requirement for energy efficiency. Another is the need to optimize the investment in infrastructure. The third is the revolution in data center architecture brought about by virtualization and its cousin, cloud computing. Overseeing these dynamics is an innovative discipline called Data Center Infrastructure Management or “DCIM.”

DCIM is often aimed at controlling the physical facilities: power, cooling, racks and space. But DCIM is also a comprehensive repository for information and a logical means to manage other key pieces of data center infrastructure, including the cabling that interconnects servers, storage, switches, routers, firewalls, etc. This paper explains that by including structured cabling within DCIM, holistic and proactive data center infrastructure management can be achieved.