Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is a system of excellence for any data storage hub. It is an essential system for any data center hosting servers that contain high-security information. Having a quality, time-tested DCIM system is crucial to any government sector dealing with confidential data. But DCIM systems can be somewhat confusing to those who are not experts in the world of cybersecurity. Schneider Electric is a leader in developing high-quality and user-friendly DCIM systems, and we want to help you thoroughly comprehend the programs we offer. We have created this “crash course” for you about how data center infrastructure management programs work. Read on to learn more.
What is a Data Center Infrastructure Management Program?
A DCIM program is a combination of software and hardware that keeps any data center running as efficiently as possible. Having a DCIM in place prevents downtime, maximizes energy efficiency, and actively prevents physical error. A DCIM is often a part of or combined with a data center maintenance plan. Both are essential components of keeping your data not only safe but optimized for future use and reference.
Two Functions of DCIM Plans
Data center infrastructure management programming is usually in these categories: monitoring and automation; and planning and implementation. Monitoring and automation refer to the part of the plan that helps in continuous upkeep of the data center and also aids in feedback running in real-time. It is there to catch errors when they occur. The latter is programmed to actively investigate the causes of errors and eliminate the issues in order to keep the data center running as smoothly as possible.
Traditional vs. Next-Generation DCIM
Currently, there are two types of DCIM software plans available on the market for your government smart data center. Firstly, there are traditional data center plans that rely on physical software that is installed directly into your data center’s infrastructure. This can include computer discs or program files installed via the internet or custom ethernet, depending on the security levels. This was the first type of DCIM used in data centers. Many government facilities still rely on traditional DCIM plans. However, there are a few setbacks. For example, DCIMs usually are custom programs that must be programmed individually for each version. Then, the new version must be installed manually, creating system downtime. This doesn’t happen very often, as DCIM programs are meant to last.
Schneider Electric has been working on a next-generation version of DCIM software based on Cloud properties, which will eliminate the use of physical software and vastly minimizes data center downtime projections. Also, next-gen DCIM programs remove antiquated programming techniques and replace them with new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics, that run in real-time and can be accessed from virtually anywhere with access to the server. This makes next-gen DCIM a perfect fit for a data center setup with little to no staff physically on site.
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