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Data Center CMDB

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Sounds like: "da-ta cen-ter c-m-d-b"

A Data Center Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is a part of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software that expands upon what is typically tracked in a traditional IT CMDB. It maintains an accurate representation of all IT equipment residing in the data center (e.g., servers, network, storage equipment) and supporting infrastructure assets (e.g., racks, rack PDUs, patch panels, structured cabling, patch cabling, UPSs, busways, branch circuits) with relationship mapping down to physical port levels and up to virtual machine and application levels.

While a Data Center CMDB and a traditional CMDB share similarities, they are typically used by different teams and, as such, track and monitor different information. A traditional IT CMDB is used by IT teams to track all corporate IT assets and their configurations as logical objects. The goal of using a CMDB is to better align IT with the business throughout the product or service delivery lifecycle.

By comparison, a Data Center CMDB provides a holistic view of all data center resources and capacity. It is used by data center operations teams and information can be shared across organizational functions to provide single pane of glass management. The information tracked in a data center CMDB supports a wide range of uses cases including asset management, power and environment monitoring, space capacity planning, connectivity and port management, and 2D/3D visualization and modeling. The primary goal of a Data Center CMDB is to enable real-time capacity and change management to optimize the availability, utilization, and efficiency of the data center.

What is Typically Tracked

Tracked in IT CMDB or Data Center CMDB

Asset identification

Both

All corporate IT assets (Configuration Items)

IT CMDB

Configuration Item relationships

IT CMDB

Hardware/software configurations (e.g., server, memory, disk space)

IT CMDB

Asset lifecycle (e.g., in service, out of service)

IT CMDB

Hardware/software that resides in the data center, along with their configuration and asset lifecycle

Data Center CMDB

All physical data center infrastructure (e.g., racks, rack PDUs, patch panels, structured and patch cabling, UPSs, busways, branch circuits) along with their physical relationships/connections

Data Center CMDB

Detailed physical location of data center assets (e.g., site location, cabinet location, and U position)

Data Center CMDB

Rack elevation views with high-fidelity front and back images

Data Center CMDB

Measured power and temperature readings, trending, and alerting

Data Center CMDB

Dimensional, weight, and physical data/power port information of assets

Data Center CMDB

Physical relationships and connectivity for power supply and network interface cards along with capacity of all physical port types

Data Center CMDB

Utilization and capacity of data center infrastructure resources (e.g., power, space, cooling)

Data Center CMDB

3D visualization of assets and logical connectivity between equipment

Data Center CMDB

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Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
A software-defined data center (SDDC) is a facility in which all the infrastructure, such as networking, storage, and compute, is virtualized and delivered as a service.
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