There are many data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software solutions on the market that promise to help data center operators manage their assets, but not all of them are created equal. When choosing a DCIM solution, it’s important to consider how well it will fit into your existing infrastructure and whether it will be able to scale as your needs change.
As workloads continue to shift out from the traditional four walls of a data center, It has given way to a far more complicated hybrid digital infrastructure environment that demands the appropriate DCIM software in order to manage it.
Erik Vogel in CIO.com correctly stated: “The logical data center construct now extends to cloud providers, colocation facilities, edge devices, and edge computing. Today’s data center exists without clear boundaries, creating growing complexity. The new hybrid computing environment is now much harder to operate as performance, reliability, compliance, and security are all more difficult to manage.”1
Legacy DCIM solutions were not meant to deal with this degree of complexity. However, a new generation of DCIM software providers has emerged that rise up to the challenge.
One of the most important features to look for in a modern DCIM software is the ability to monitor and manage data center assets at the edge. The edge data center market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.4% by 2026. The exponential growth in mobile, IoT, and online streaming services–along with the COVID-19 pandemic–has boosted edge data center solution adoption across industry verticals as users move to leverage field service solutions advantages, such as expansion and less cost.2
As a result, more and more data is being generated at the edge of the network, making it increasingly difficult for data center operators to get a complete picture of what’s going on without a solution that can collect and analyze data from all parts of the network.
Another key feature to look for is the ability to automate key aspects of data center operations. As data centers continue to become more distributed and complex, the need for automation will only become more apparent. A modern DCIM solution will offer features like automatic asset discovery and inventory management across all digital infrastructures (on-premises, colocation, cloud, and edge), as well as the ability to create custom workflows that can help operators save time and increase efficiency.
Finally, it’s important to choose a DCIM solution that can grow with you. As your digital infrastructure environment expands and changes, you’ll need a solution that can adapt to new challenges and scale accordingly. Look for a DCIM solution that offers flexible licensing options and the ability to add new features and functionality as your needs evolve.
Choosing the right DCIM solution doesn’t have to be difficult. Hyperview is a next-generation, cloud-based DCIM software that provides data center operators with the visibility and control they need to manage their assets, both in the data center and at the edge. The platform’s modular design and flat yearly price per asset makes it easy to add new features and functionality as your needs change, and its cloud-based architecture ensures that you’ll always have access to the latest version of the software.
1 E. Vogel. (30 August 2019) CIO.com: Don’t be left behind. Dramatic change is impacting datacenters and people.
2 (February 2022) MarketsandMarkets: Edge Data Center Market by Component(Solutions, Services), Facility Size(Small and Medium Facilities, Large Facility), Vertical and Region (North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East) – Global Forecast to 2026