What’s The Deal With Cloud-Based DCIM Services?

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When it comes to data centers, the data itself holds the key to improving data center operations, as well as meet an array of goals, including availability, energy efficiency, and capacity utilization. Cloud-based DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) solutions are proving to be a game changer for facility management. It is also steadily taking over on-premise DCIM monitoring, and appealing to a new generation of Internet service users. Let’s find out some of the reasons that are driving the growing appeal:

Predictive Maintenance

In the past, physical infrastructure equipment was managed via least optimal approaches such as an arbitrary calendar timetable, a break-fix basis, or guidance by average conditions. Today, a wide variety of connected services are amassing data about equipment under different operating conditions. Cloud-based DCIM is getting smarter by the day, and can meet maintenance requirements according to their environment and use. For instance, the approach can provide granular guidance on the requirement for spares holding, conditions surrounding an outage, or likelihood of failures. All in all, the cloud-based approach can give facility managers more control and more choices when maintaining and repairing their data center infrastructure.

Enable Better Decision Making

Cloud DCIM can deliver benefits that point monitoring services can’t match, from a big data perspective. It has the ability to turn raw analytics into customized recommendations that are designed to improve data center performance. Today, more data centers are connecting to cloud-based DCIM. This means that more data from a diverse range of manufacturers’ equipment are being accumulated into a data lake. The data, though anonymized and tagged for privacy reasons, are what people need to make informed decisions.

Meet the Needs of a Wide Variety of Data Center Applications

Today, it is normal for applications to be outsourced, due to the emergence of a hybrid approach to data center environments. In addition, the resources that are being hosted also become more business critical. Typically, many data centers are colocated with their primary clients, and tend to be under-invested from a redundancy and design POV. This is where cloud-based DCIM comes in. It is low cost, easy, quick to deploy, and require a simple software download. Users will be able to get real-time insights into the data center, and facilitate remote monitoring with exceptional ease. What’s more, cloud DCIM deployments can enable fast track to value by utilizing data from ubiquitous temperature sensors.