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DCIM MATURITY MODEL Phase 1 – Consolidation ROI TIME Phase 4 – Automation Phase 0 – Chaos Ph 1 C lid ti Phase 2 – Optimization Phase 3 – Integration GETTING STARTED WITH DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT (DCIM) THE IT PROFESSIONAL'S GUIDE TO MOVING BEYOND SPREADSHEETS AND DIAGRAMS DCIM MATURITY MODEL Phase 1 – Consolidation ROI TIME Phase 4 – Automation Phase 0 – Chaos Ph 1 C lid ti Phase 2 – Optimization Phase 3 – Integration INTRODUCTION: One of the challenges many companies face getting started with DCIM is that they are concerned that implementing a full scale DCIM solution will require them to rethink and retool the very core of the way their data center is managed and evolved over time. They seem to be concerned that DCIM suites are a relatively new set of technologies with a wide range of interpretations and that they may not have enough of the required experience to implement it to the fullest potential. In some cases, they anticipate that a comprehensive DCIM solution will have lasting and strategic influence on the way in which they operate their structures. Looking at this problem at a high level over a longer period of time, they would be correct. While many other people initially think of DCIM as merely a tactical management tool, they soon realize that its tactical use is just a stepping stone to the much deeper opportunity at the very core of the way their data centers are operated. Most importantly, they realize that DCIM implementations can start small and grow to quite advanced management tasks. And while a fully mature DCIM implementation can evolve over time and connect to a wide range of other systems, getting started on that journey can begin today. Like any other software solution, the value realized from your DCIM implementation is directly related to the discipline with which it is used by the entire data center staff and how tightly integrated it is with other IT processes and software. While your end goal might be to reach the upper right of the DCIM Maturity Model (see diagram) you don't need to have a fully mature DCIM deployment, one in which you are performing Strategic Data Center Planning, to get tremendous value out of DCIM. In fact, just taking the first step from managing multiple spreadsheets and floor plan diagrams into a consolidated view with a single version of the truth is a very affordable first step that can return huge benefits. In fact, the benefits of each phase of the DCIM Maturity Model build on the previous ones as described below: Phase 0 – Managed Chaos and keeping the data center running tactically: This is where most companies are today. Asset management at this stage takes the form of multiple spreadsheets created by multiple groups each with varying types of information. The accuracy of that data is usually highly suspect and grows worse over time. In some cases, copies are created and these spreadsheets are often out of sync with each other and with what's actually on the data center floor. Phase 1 – Information & Application Consolidation: This is the first step on the road to DCIM where you will consolidate your spreadsheets and diagrams into a single application. A good DCIM tool has the ability to import old spreadsheets and other electronic documents directly into the asset database. From there, the DCIM software allows users to visualize the data center floor in various ways, including space and power availability. Simple reports and dashboards may exist, along with support for basic asset changes. As a result, data center managers make better decisions and reduce the number of human errors. GETTING STARTED WITH DATA CENTER INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT (DCIM) | NOVEMBER 2017 01

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