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IDC Vendor Spotlight Datacenter Infrastructure Management Building the Foundation for Agile Datacenters

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IDC 1748 I D C V E N D O R S P O T L I G H T D a t a c e n t e r I n f r a s t r u c t u r e M a n a g e m e n t : B u i l d i n g t h e F o u n d a t i o n f o r A g i l e D a t a c e n t e r s August 2014 Adapted from Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management 2014–2018 Forecast by Jennifer Koppy, IDC #248728 Sponsored by Nlyte Software The ability to deliver IT service in an agile, cost-effective manner is increasingly a strategic business differentiator as the demand for IT swells and strains the current physical infrastructure management methodology. Much of the focus on flexible datacenters centers around the software application, compute, networking, and storage layers. Only after an initiative has begun are the most suitable best practices in datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) considered. Many times, these efficiency initiatives are too late or too limited to have maximum impact on the business tasks at hand. Ironically, once best practices are implemented and refined, they become recognized as essential in making maximum use of datacenter resources and planning for future capacity needs. Most importantly, the operational efficiency opportunity extends throughout the datacenter — from the critical infrastructure of power and cooling to the IT gear and the applications that run on that gear. IDC believes that the critical first step in building this efficient foundation for agile datacenters is for an enterprise to commit to a structured process that enables complete visibility into and control over all datacenter resources and that supports a rigorous workflow process. To reach the end goal of maximizing a datacenter's agility and cost-effectiveness, enterprises need to manage the datacenter infrastructure in such a way that it can be proactively provisioned, changed, monitored, and reported on. This business philosophy — and associated development of best practices — is an often difficult but critical part of managing and viewing the infrastructure over long periods of time and is an essential building block for creating an agile environment. Comprehensive DCIM solutions enable this visibility from the critical infrastructure (power supply) to the connectivity of the IT equipment and the workloads and applications that run on it. Modern DCIM solutions can serve as a source of data for IT asset management (ITAM) and IT service management (ITSM) and can expand visibility across datacenter resources as the market moves toward a hybrid IT model, where computing is accomplished in a combination of on-premise and off-premise datacenters and public clouds. The most proactive enterprises will be prepared to meet growing IT needs for an increasingly demanding user base because they have put in place a well-thought-out, accurate solution to manage the many resources at their disposal. Enterprises that are prepared with a datacenter infrastructure management solution and a workflow system to support it are more likely to make decisions about where to put workloads and applications in a proactive manner rather than a reactive manner. This Vendor Spotlight discusses the trends affecting DCIM implementations and highlights the role that Nlyte plays in the DCIM market.

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