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DCIM – yet another hype?

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I've recently found a very detailed and methodical article on DCIM systems – "Before you jump in to the DCIM hype..." by Jan Wiersma of Data Center Pulse. Today, when we hear about DCIM everywhere, same like with any other fashionable term in IT industry (read: "cloud", "big data" etc.), we should be ready to look at DCIM adaptation from critical point of view. The most important questions to be asked are – how can we support our data center processes and what data sources should we integrate with DCIM system (because integrating everything is definitely pointless, if even somehow possible)? Jan Wiersma's article will definitely help us to be prepared to answer these questions and – what is more important – to be able to define the scope of DCIM implementation in our organization.



The 451 Group DCIM ModelThe 451 Group DCIM Model - this is the foundation of Jan Wiersma's analysis on DCIM adaptation


The article explains what is the purpose of DCIM system, what are the differences between DCIM and SCADA/BMS and what is the possible scope of integration? It is based on 451 Group model created for their DCIM analysis, as well as many data center related sources which were trying to categorize the knowledge behind DCIM over the time (Turing's Man Blog included – nice! :-). Also, it shows how different are the scopes and purposes of DCIM and SCADA/BMS applications – which is easy noticeable on the model presented in the article. On the other hand, this assumption shows that the key for effective DCIM implementation is – "integration". I would, personally, add – wise integration, as we really shouldn't even try to integrate everything with our DCIM system.

Finally, Jan Wiersma concludes in his article that we should be really prepared for DCIM implementation. Not only we should define the exact scope of functionality for our DCIM solution (to support required processes), but also we should decide on the level of integration with other possible data sources in the data center – and these are not only SCADA/BMS, dozens of MS Excel spreadsheets or asset database, but maybe ERP or CRM systems, too? Everything depends on our organization and currently driven processes – before we decide on DCIM implementation, we should really enable critical thinking and try to answer all possible questions.

As a final point, we can agree that sales representatives of DCIM systems vendors will not help us too much. And we should definitely try to avoid "a jump in to the DCIM hype" (hype is good for solution vendors – we've learned this lesson already at least on "cloud computing" and "big data" examples).



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