DCIM Moves Beyond Data Center Walls and Into the Cloud

Categories: DCIMBy Published On: August 15th, 2017327 words
Khaled Assali

Khaled Assali

As more enterprises adopt a hybrid environment where the IT infrastructure is made up of both physical data centers and the public cloud, management software needs to adapt. At the forefront are data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools. Today’s DCIM software needs to move beyond monitoring simply the on-premises infrastructure to also include the cloud.

To do so, DCIM tools must understand public cloud offerings and model these accordingly–whether they are computing instances, storage or other services. DCIM tools must also provide benchmarking data and actionable intelligence so that a data center manager can make an informed decision on how to distribute workloads based on business requirements like cost, performance, energy efficiency and resilience. Only a single-pane-of-glass that provides rich data on bare metal servers and AWS, Azure or Google Cloud instances will offer a complete picture for both the C-suite and data center operator to understand where to uncover efficiencies in energy and compute.

Tuangru’s RAMP DCIM software enables users to monitor their public cloud instances, along with their on-premises IT assets and workloads. This powerful feature–being rolled out in the next few weeks–eliminates the need to rely on different software tools or platforms to find out important information like which internal user owns a cloud instance or which instances are zombie servers. Users can also report on their cloud instances with RAMP DCIM’s advanced reporting suite (see in the screenshot examples below).

As data centers move towards becoming truly “software-defined”, DCIM tools must quickly adapt to hybrid infrastructures and take in to consideration what is inside the walls of a data center and beyond.

About the Author: Rajan Sodhi
Chief Marketing Officer at Hyperview, a next generation DCIM software provider.
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