The Benefit of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

For upper management, data center maintenance is viewed as an unfortunate, yet necessary, write-off. It is akin to having one’s automobile breakdown and taken to the shop. The repair is an expenditure that is inevitable by virtue of the large investment that was initially made. With DCIM implementation it is possible to extend the life of your servers, thereby minimizing costly replacement and repair.

The truth is, there is a tremendous business value in proactively implementing data center infrastructure management (DCIM). With the right monitoring tools, the need for maintenance can be minimized. Moreover, staff can be equipped with accurate symptoms that can prevent costly breakdowns.

As old data center architectures are getting deteriorate, inefficiencies are surfacing that reveal an ongoing extraneous cost. As upper management become more informed on the benefits of DCIM technology, they are progressively setting aside budget dollars for DCIM. Instead of another cost, it is seen as a significant cost-saver.

Here are a handful of facts and data that support DCIM and the modernization of data centers.

IT architectures are changing, but shedding assets is a costly option.

Replacing IT hardware is a costly undertaking. Investing in new data center infrastructure means swallowing the cost of the initial investment. Financially, this is difficult to justify. Technology is always changing, and by the time the old infrastructure is replaced with the new the industry is already on to the next thing. What results is a vicious cycle of unsustainable cost. The prudent approach is to maximize the full lifetime value of the existing IT assets available through proactive infrastructure management. A flexible DCIM allows business to expand its capabilities to meet new needs.

Energy Costs will always be unpredictable.

No matter where a business’ data center resides, it is certain that energy costs will remain volatile. Energy costs will always be on the rise due to more demand. Optimizing energy loads can go a long way in energy savings. This can be achieved through proactive environmental monitoring and data center cooling. As an added incentive, the public face of the business can be enhanced by touting green credentials.

Building new data center facilities is costly.

Many data centers are approaching capacity due to poor facility designs, lack of space, or unsustainable power load. Others are struggling with integration as they move their data centers into adopted facilities. DCIM can often circumvent the costly endeavor of building new data centers and allow for flexibility and breathing room for a business’ growing assets. DCIM can also make the migration into an adopted data center more manageable.

Incorporating physical monitoring is crucial.

Physical monitoring is an essential part of DCIM. Introducing hardware can provide a complete picture of the health of a data center. In addition to maximizing energy efficiency, monitoring can make sure your assets are secure and safe.


Businesses are always looking to maximize the return on their assets and mitigate risk. Building a case to upper management should not be communicated solely in technical terms. Modernizing a data center with DCIM is actually putting money in the bank. It is an investment that pinpoints inefficiencies and maximizes business potential. Harkening back to the automobile metaphor, what if you knew how and why your infrastructure was behaving at all times? It would be like driving a car with a mechanic in the passenger seat at all time. Fortunately, implementing the appropriate monitoring tools is a one-time investment with an ongoing return. DCIM has not only immediate tangible short-term return, it extends the life of a data center and protects a business’ assets. It is clear why more and more businesses are becoming mainstream and implementing DCIM.

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