FOCUS on DCIM
In his 2011 report, Datacenter Infrastructure Management Software Monitoring, Managing and Optimizing the Datacenter, Andy Lawrence of the The451Group provided the following definitions of the DCIM functions and components
The descriptions below illustrate some of the functional components of a DCIM system. These functions include:
1. Data collection (meters, sensors) 2. Environmental monitoring and reporting 3. Asset, configuration and change management
4. Power/energy measurement and modeling
5. Power management, power scaling and power capping
6. Data management, integration and reporting
7. Capacity planning, forecasting, simulation and analytics
8. Optimization, operational BI and load management
In order to build an effective, functional DCIM system, it is necessary to have several of these functional components, and they must be able to interoperate.
It may also be necessary for these
components to integrate with other systems, notably the building management system (or facility environmental system) and one or more IT service management systems.
Of course, there are various ways to divide up these functions. It is also clear that commercial software products rarely address only one of these areas – it is more common for them to serve between two and six of these functions.
In his latest market update, The451Group’s Lawrence said: “The DCIM market was worth US$245m in annual revenue in 2010, and it will grow to $1,274m in 2015 – a growth rate of 39% a year.
“This growth figure far outstrips that for the data center equipment industries and for the enterprise IT industry as a whole; however, the actual numbers are still small compared with other categories of enterprise software – such as IT service management, ERP, databases or security – and are not necessarily
large enough to encourage
the entry of some of the big IT or building management software suppliers.
GROWTHON GROWTH: OPTIMIZATIONANDSELF MANAGEMENT Although not formally quantified in Lawrence’s report, our analysis suggests that the DCIM market will continue to grow after 2015.
Given that sales at this point will already be around $1.3bn, this could lead to a substantial market in a few short years – the kind of market size that will attract new entrants. n
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