Four Ways DCIM Software Can Give You a Competitive Advantage
February 09, 2017

More organizations are considering a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software solution to gain a competitive edge. As a class of software that helps data center managers operate their data centers more efficiently, DCIM can replace programs like Excel, Visio and homegrown systems, as well as bridge information across organizational domains.

Few data center managers truly understand the specific ways that DCIM software can benefit their data centers. Look for a DCIM solution that will not only help with efficiency but also will solve your data center operations issues, meet environmental regulations, accelerate time to deployment, and address other key objectives.

Here are four key benefits of leveraging DCIM software in your data center and how they can give you a competitive advantage:

1. Improve Uptime

With DCIM, you can easily identify the physical network connectivity between devices and restore service quickly by immediately knowing the physical connectivity of the network path. Additionally, with DCIM you can monitor, set thresholds, and get alerts for all breakers in rack PDUs, floor PDUs, and panels, allowing you to correlate the power chain power capacity, reduce power outages and circuit failures, and thereby maximize uptime.

2. Increase Data Center Energy Efficiency

Data centers are power hungry, and being more energy efficient is a constant struggle for data center managers. Improving your data center’s energy efficiency will better position you to comply with environmental regulations and separate you from other organizations that are not going green. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) analytics and billback reporting ensure that you and your organization are meeting corporate sustainability objectives.

3. Enhance Capacity Planning with a Single Source of Truth

It’s difficult to manage your capacity when you don’t know how much space, power, or cooling is available. Even when you are able to obtain this information, it might be spread over disparate systems, not integrated. With DCIM, in a single system, you can know what you have in real-time and predict how much capacity is needed to run efficiently. You can even reduce stranded capacity by more efficiently allocating space for new servers in just a few clicks.

4. Boost Employee Productivity and Morale

DCIM software automates tasks, eliminates the need for employees to be on site, and reduces the associated costs with traveling to and from your data center. DCIM allows employees to save time on travel and routine tasks and enables them to work from wherever they are, which boosts productivity. With real-time reporting and fully integrated workflow management, employees are also able to ensure that approval processes are in place for quicker, more informed decisions.

DCIM solutions help data centers reduce downtime, run more efficiently, and drive smarter decisions—key improvements that can provide you with an edge over the competition.

Want to experience these benefits for yourself? Take a test drive today to see how Sunbird DCIM can help your organization get a leg up on your competition.

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