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July 12, 2012

The Benefits of DCIM in Collocation Data Centers



By David Gitonga
TMCnet Contributing Writer



The move to reduce the costs of maintaining data centers has made collocation a popular alternative. This in turn, has seen the collocation market change where providers differentiate their services while extending data center life due to intense competition.

In order to optimize the use of the physical infrastructure, which includes the space, power and cooling, collocation providers have been forced to go beyond reliance on proprietary and isolated monitoring systems. The use of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) offers a much deeper level of insight into IT and facilities infrastructure, from the physical inventory to the virtual systems. DCIM is able to offer detailed real-time data about assets with visualization tools, sophisticated analytics and reporting capabilities that help better manage data center resources.

DCIM has transformed asset management and capacity planning by drastically cutting down on time. What used to take hours or days now takes minutes, while providing a level of insight that did not exist before. Collocation providers can now deliver more responsive and transparent services to clients while maximizing data center density without risk.

With many companies still looking to cut costs by relegating capital equipment and the need to increase data centers to second choice, collocation has continued to become a particularly attractive alternative. There are now more than 1,000 collocation data centers in the U.S., creating a highly competitive market with superior service offerings. Providers no longer compete on price alone but in value-added services that address the growing expectations of their customer base. Customers now demand collocation providers to support “green” initiatives, guarantee bandwidth and uptime, optimize IT staff productivity and enable expected growth at reasonable costs.

By offering a centralized approach to asset management and capacity planning, DCIM solves the common problems and challenges across IT and facilities. All types of service providers can benefit from the precise, real-time asset management and intelligent capacity planning that DCIM offers.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
 
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