Data center infrastructure management, or DCIM, plays an important role in increasing the operational efficiency of data centers. It is becoming an area of focus for CIOs of almost all business enterprises that employ the services of a data center. However, there are several misconceptions and myths that people believe about DCIM.Without addressing these myths, the true potential of such a strategy cannot be unleashed. Some common myths regarding DCIM are:

All DCIM providers are the same

Common Myths About DCIMThe need for a DCIM solution is essential, but you need to choose a service that is the best fit for your operational model. Not all DCIM solution providers offer the same services. You need to identify the ones that best match your business needs.

DCIM only reduces power costs

DCIM strategies help in planning your data centers physical infrastructure and employ green architectural norms. But they are not concerned about power consumption alone. A good DCIM strategy would propose a building architecture optimized for networking, security, disaster proofing techniques and more.

DCIM lets you watch the game and not control it

DCIM stands for Data Center Infrastructure “Management” and not “Monitoring”. It provides strategies for energy management, availability management, service management, IT automation management and much more in a data center environment. It should not be confused with a performance tracking solution.

DCIM is a magician

DCIM does allow enterprises to simplify and manage their data center environments effectively but in the end it is ultimately a tool that has to be managed properly by managers. It relies on the ability of the management team to control and allocate resources for the DCIM strategy to work adequately.

It is important to eliminate misconceptions like these in order to realize the true potential of DCIM solutions.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.