Intelligent Data Centres Issue 35 | Page 63

Nick Ewing , Managing Director , EfficiencyIT
data centre ; rather they are housed in a hybrid environment spanning large facilities hosting cloud-based applications and smaller facilities running niche applications that are typically spread around a wide area . The larger the company , the wider the sprawl .
Nonetheless , this last barrier presents an intrinsic opportunity for DCIM deployments because the very nature of distributed IT portfolios nowadays means that the need for suitable tools to manage the various facilities efficiently is more pressing . The monitoring and management capabilities of DCIM , especially versions deployed over the cloud , allow companies of all sizes and with all manner of disaggregated IT to identify what their assets are , manage how well they are performing and identify any issues that need to be addressed . Any company that subscribes to ISO 27001 , the global standard for IT security , must be able to track its assets and the people who have access and control to those assets . Cloud deployments also allow distributed sites to be monitored and managed at relatively low cost .
DCIM has also proved to be useful to manage large deployments and the decommissioning of old equipment . The ability to manage traditionally laborious processes efficiently , identifying stranded capacity and consolidating distributed architecture saves considerable time and resources .
Another critical concern is minimising downtime . Here , a reliable DCIM system can provide insights into all key power www . intelligentdatacentres . com