Modern organizations operating in a highly complex and dynamic business environment know that their very survival is directly linked to their agility, ability to innovate, efficiency and cost effectiveness. Information centres are constantly being challenged to upgrade to an advanced level of infrastructure that is qualified to serve an organization’s complex IT operations and data processing needs. Organizations are under tremendous strain to evaluate, analyse and finally implement their observations to upgrade their infrastructure so that they are in a better position to meet their upcoming needs. Data centre management is expected to grow both in size and complexity as organizations cope with processing huge amount of complex data which are beyond the processing capacity of traditional medium.

Data centres are growing big and complex. The ability to deploy and manage customized infrastructure management software has been a necessity rather than some exotic vocation more apt for big organizations to indulge in. These customised infrastructure management software have a tremendously important role to play as they enable adaptation and assimilation of eco-friendly and economical solutions for businesses. This makes it imperative on the part of businesses, irrespective of their size and operational capacity, to wholeheartedly embrace them to increase their efficiency and take their offerings to the market in quick time.

The need for adopting data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) is more important than ever owing to the generation of huge amount of data, the benefits accruing from their careful processing and more importantly the huge increase in workload, (which is usually beyond handling capacities of current IT infrastructure). Also, there is an additional need to have an efficient and reliable disaster recovery mechanism in place as loss of business critical data can quickly force an organization to prematurely down its shutters.

              

What is Disaster Recovery?

Disasters can take many shape and forms. They can be in the form of natural disasters terrorist attacks, thefts, or technical disasters among others. The underlying thread common to all disasters is that they lead to tremendous amount of resource losses. Data loss in particular could be specially destabilizing for a business as they cannot hope to function normally in an extremely competiti9ve environment without important data that keeps their ball rolling. Studies as such which reveal that 80 per cent of the business cease to exist within three years of them suffering a major disaster, should not come as a surprise to us.

The seriousness and severity of the losses that major disasters can unleash warrants the need for a comprehensive disaster recovery mechanism in place.

What are Data Centres?

Data centres are central repositories that houses or better still centralises an organization’s IT operations and equipment. It can be termed as the brain of a firm as this is the place responsible for running mission critical processes. Rapid advancement in computer technology and development of efficient systems with extraordinary computational power has made little impact as the functional scope of IT has increased to such an extent that the systems still required the same amount of space. 

Even today, where an individual PC is much faster and powerful than mainframe computers of bygone era, every large-scale operation require complex IT infrastructures with substantial amount of hardware. These hardware need to be placed in properly managed and run rooms so that they keep performing at their optimum level. Depending on their size, these are referred to as “server rooms” or “data centres.”

These server rooms as such house a network’s most critical system that are vital to smooth and hassle free business operations of an organization. This makes security and efficient management of these centres top priority for modern firms.

Data center architectures and requirements can differ significantly from place to place and organizations to organizations. For example, a data center built for a large scale cloud hosting services provider may significantly vary in arrangement and security from that of a completely private data center, such as one built for a military organization that is dedicated to securely maintaining classified data. 

Requirements and Functionalities of DCIM

DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) requires specialised implementation of software, hardware and sensors. This is important as it allows businesses the facility of monitoring things real time which in turn can help them with their production efficiency.

DCIM plays an important role in augmenting a business’s agility by addressing factors related to change management, capacity planning and data centre management to ensure that the available resources are utilised with utmost efficiency.

Another important benefit offered by DCIM is that it offers business a powerful tool which enables them to match available resources with different data loads.

DCIM offers managers and operators a central data control as well as help them plan their power management with accurate data of power usage. Its importance can be gauged from the fact that it is one most important factor organizations consider before settling upon a particular IT service provider. 

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