What Are the Benefits of Connecting DCIM Software to the CMDB?
Some of the benefits of integrating your DCIM solution and CMDB are:
- Improved data accuracy – CMDB integration with DCIM software creates a single source of truth for your data, ensuring users are accessing the most accurate and up to date data set regardless of DCIM, ITSM, or ITAM system.
- Increased productivity When DCIM software connector is applied to a CMDB, relevant data is automatically shared between the two. This integration eliminates entering data into multiple systems, eliminating delayed or inconsistent data. All teams will be working with the same data to avoid incorrect workorder instructions and or redundant activities.
- Simpler data center security management practices. Having these two data center management systems integrated dramatically simplifies the need to maintain user permissions and ensure that security policies are being met. Some users may only need access to one system, but they will still be able to see all the relevant data.
How hard is it to connect DCIM Software and a CMDB?
It depends on what DCIM software you are using. A modern DCIM software package will have out of the box preconfigured connectors and require little effort, time, or expertise to implement. Most common connectors available are for ServiceNow, BMC, HPE, and Cherwell Less sophisticated DCIM tools may have limited APIs but will require professional services or a DCIM consultant to stitch together the interface and an internal team to manage and update it as both your CMDB and DCIM software packages get updated.
DCIM and CMDB – IT’s Single Source of Reference
Your CMDB knows what’s in your data center, and what resources it needs. Nlyte knows where each asset is, where it is in its lifecycle, and what will replace it and when. Nlyte supercharges your CMDB for better capacity planning and asset lifecycle management.
Modern data centers are complex and difficult to manage Leveraging the massive amounts of data collected and generated along with supporting transformative technologies like AI, Machine Learning, big data, and IoT, today’s compute infrastructures need to store and analyze incredible volumes of structured and unstructured data to support business innovation. Your ITSM systems lack many of the physical properties of assets within the data center, such as physical locations of racks, servers, or blades. You can see what assets you have, but not where they’re located, how they’re interconnected, the resources they use and their impacts on one another. Without updates to changes occurring at the physical layer, your ITSM CMDB or asset lifecycle management system assumes assets are in a particular place even if they’ve been changed, moved, or even potentially decommissioned. The resulting incomplete and inaccurate information in your ITSM system increases business risk while also increasing the time it takes for staff to do their jobs and perform audits. Making data-driven decisions is difficult when you have multiple teams managing various aspects of your data center with their own systems. Integrating disparate data center management systems DCIM, CMDB, ITSM, ITAM, and BMS can make a difference. Nlyte has out of the box connectors to quickly integrate your management systems and teams to eliminate silos and improve efficiency and service quality.