I recently published an update on power and cooling in the data centre, and as I review it online, I am struck by the combination of old and new.
The old - the evolution of semiconductor technology, the increasingly elegant attempts to design systems and components that can be incrementally throttled, and the increasingly sophisticated construction of the actual data centres themselves with increasing modularity and physical efficiency of power and cooling.
The new is the incredible momentum I see behind Data Centre Infrastructure Management software. In a few short years, DCIM solutions have gone from simple aggregated viewing dashboards to complex software that understands tens of thousands of components, collects, filters and analyses data from 1000s of sensors in a data centre (a single CRAC may have in excess of 20 sensors, a server over a dozen, etc) and understands the relationships between components well enough to proactively raise alarms, model potential workload placement and make recommendations about prospective changes.
Of all the technologies reviewed in the document, DCIM offers one of the highest potentials for improving overall efficiency without sacrificing reliability or scalability of the enterprise data center. While the various DCIM suppliers are still experimenting with business models, I think that it is almost essential for any data centre operations group that expects significant change, be it growth, shrinkage, migration or a major consolidation or cloud project, to invest in DCIM software.
DCIM consumers can expect to see major competitive action among the current suppliers, and there is a strong potential for additional consolidation.
Posted by Richard Fichera