A 2nd Gen DCIM Tool is not a NextGen DCIM Solution
Published on October 7, 2022,
Those that have been in the Data Center industry for a while remember the early days of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools (at one time, I think Gartner was tracking 15+ solutions); times have changed. DCIM tools were either overly complicated and had a steep learning curve or simple, glorified spreadsheets and Visio tools. Fortunately, most of those ineffective tools have gone to the big shelf-ware in the sky. Are the few offerings left as good as they can be? Or, more importantly, are they all that you need?
Be cautious about buzzwords like “2nd Gen DCIM”, “simple,” and “user-friendly.” All 2nd Gen means is after 1st Gen. This is not saying much since 1st Gen severely lacked what it delivered. We all want simple and user-friendly things, but there is a difference between simple and simplistic!
Your DCIM solution needs to be NextGen!
Our data centers are anything but simple, and a DCIM solution should not treat them that way. User-friendly is a beautiful concept if it is also “business-friendly.” We do not have chimps installing hardware or running reports. Complex infrastructures and meeting the needs of the business are real-world considerations, and these are rarely supported by one-size-fits-all “chimps” software.
Your DCIM solution needs to be Next Gen! (Such as 11th Gen like Nlyte DCIM Software.) Next Gen DCIM is deployed by industry leaders like IBM, Cisco, ING, and The US Airforce across their global infrastructure. It scales to hundreds of thousands of racks and millions of devices, and it does all this from a single instance without performance degradation. It is secure and tested for vulnerabilities by multiple 3rd party organizations.
Your Next Gen DCIM needs to be the Next Gen Hybrid Digital Infrastructure solution (HDIM). The DCIM solution needs to automatically track and map the dependencies between assets, workloads, the network, and the power chain, regardless of where they are. The DCIM solution must seamlessly integrate with ITSM, BMS, and other BI systems without costly services, internal development, or maintenance overhead. It needs to act as the single source of truth, brokering data across systems and teams to run your business how you need to run your business.
Your Next Gen DCIM needs to show innovation beyond the 1st and 2nd Gen DCIM vendors. Its roadmap needs to deliver functionality demanded by customers and industry first, Next Gen solutions like:
- Automated Network Mapping
- Agentless and Agnostic Discovery and Inventory
- Machine Learning and AI leveraging IBM Watson IoT
Workload Optimization is the Promise of the Hybrid Cloud
Asset management and capacity planning are essential, but they are no longer the endgame for the data center team. Workload optimization is the promise of the hybrid cloud and is your Next Gen data center landscape.
Your Next Gen DCIM needs to meet the demands of your ever-evolving digital landscape. Nlyte DCIM software grew from the data center fundamentals and, as indicated by Gartner, is ready to be the Hybrid Digital Infrastructure Management solution data center professionals need today.