How to Get the Best Return on Your DCIM Investment?


As with any technology investment, a business owner should examine the return
on investment (ROI) before making a purchasing decision on a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution. There are innumerable white papers and articles that point 
to the fact that DCIM – a solution that helps to address the infrastructure management needs 
of the data center - has a remarkable ROI. When a DCIM solution is properly implemented and managed, it saves hundreds of man-hours and helps maintain high availability, both of which                                                  increase business profits. 


However, it is important for data center operators to understand that DCIM will not fully transform a data center overnight. It takes time, effort, and commitment from various stakeholders throughout the organizationto reap its full benefits. But, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be some immediate benefits. Here are three primary areas in which DCIM can provide a phenomenal ROI from the start.

Improved Energy Efficiency

The manner in which the DCIM helps to improve efficiency is straightforward: it collects data from building meters, UPSs, Floor PDUs, RPPs, busways, intelligent rack PDUs, Branch Circuits,environment sensors, and CRACS; and presents that data in the form of easy-to-understand dashboard reports. That information helps data center managers identify areas where energy efficiency improvements can be made such as underutilized servers, or cooling systems that can be optimized. By being able to “see” the problem, data centers will have the ability to effectively address it right away.

Better Power Capacity Management and Operations

DCIM can immediately help data centers to improve power capacity management and operations.  Say the data center receives a work order to set up a new server that will host a business service. Without DCIM, the technician would have
to check his Excel® spreadsheet or Visio Diagram to determine where there is available space, power, and cooling
to support the new asset.  When the technician goes to power-on the new server, he or she may unknowingly trip
the circuit breaker due to faulty or dated power information they were relying on. DCIM can help technicians locate
available capacity within a few clicks, thereby streamlining the process, and eliminating the risk of downtime.