Many data centers, including most built before 2001, are at risk of outstripping their power and cooling capacities. Data centers already consume 10 to 30 times more energy per square foot than the typical office building — a figure that continues to grow. In fact, energy costs represent the single largest component of a data center’s operating expenses, and a potential barrier to future expansion. Compounding this challenge, today’s data centers are actively increasing agility and striving to maintain high standards of uptime while improving energy efficiency.
That’s where a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution can help. A unified monitoring and management solution, DCIM gathers, presents, and analyzes system-wide data in detail to identify opportunities for cost savings, downtime prevention, and energy efficiency across information technology (IT) and facilities domains. It provides common views and workspaces to visualize power and thermal data, linked to hardware and business services.