Edge data center management became an issue as these types of facilities started getting built around the world. While these critical facilities brought data center resources to the organizations they served locally, it also created problems for maintenance efforts. Beyond regular maintenance, there’s always the need to discover hidden inefficiencies and to correct them. Cloud-based DCIM software may just be the solution to keep edge computing ahead of the curve.
What is DCIM?
DCIM stands for “Data Center Infrastructure Management.” According to Gartner’s definition of DCIM, these “tools monitor, measure, manage and/or control data center utilization and energy consumption of all IT-related equipment and facility infrastructure components.” Similar to how other automated smart buildings generate information on building systems, DCIM monitors and reports data center management metrics through software, hardware, and sensors. Data center managers use the performance reports on everything from server uptime to cooling systems to make decisions on improving the data center’s infrastructure. Data-driven changes take full advantage of facility assets to improve operations while finding areas to reduce costs or environmental impact.
As one can infer from its name, cloud-based DCIM software carries out the same functions as traditional DCIM. However, administrators can now use web interconnectivity to manage data center environments from a central interface. Using cloud-based tools also enables advanced technologies to support data center management, such as machine learning and generating real-time analytics. Today’s DCIM software can recognize data patterns and suggest areas of improvement or detect warning signs of outages. These actions help data center managers and system administrators monitor all aspects of the facility to strive for peak efficiency.
The Inherent Problem of Managing Edge Data Centers
Edge computing requires establishing smaller, distributed data centers at localities near where data originates. Edge data centers serving the local areas means those organizations will face fewer issues with latency. Deploying these types of small-to-medium sized data centers solves the issue of providing high-capacity data processing and storage to various regions. Yet, it highlights another problem: the majority of these critical facilities are in remote locations with few to none IT staff on standby to enforce necessary data center management.
How Cloud-Based DCIM Brings Solutions
Ultimately, cloud-based DCIM helps individual staff to manage edge facilities remotely and efficiently. The software automatically collects and processes facility data to produce insightful reports on performance. Using cloud-based technology means all connected critical machinery can continuously deliver real-time data, instead of relying on manually logging the vast amount of information. Machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms can more quickly and accurately analyze the data sets, which would otherwise consume a human administrator’s time. Afterward, as remotely as the software gathers metrics of edge data center performance, it can command adjustments from the remote interface control. Actions like reducing power during lower usage times, configuring ventilation and air conditioning, downloading new security protocols, and so much more can get carried out without full on-site IT staff.
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