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Accelerate your drive to DCIM with converged systems


Hande2.jpgToday’s data centers share a number of common management problems, such as managing capacity constraints, knowing what’s connected to what, finding available resources, and improving capital resource efficiency, among others. In addition, being able to meet business demands and service levels is, of course, a critical, non-negotiable requirement.


The growing buzz around data center infrastructure management (DCIM) for capacity planning, operational efficiency, and intelligence across IT infrastructure and facilities means that organizations are starting to see the wide-ranging benefits of DCIM tools in tackling these challenges. They’re looking beyond point solutions such as monitoring or energy management.


But the DCIM market is still fragmented, and addressing all datacenter management challenges through a single DCIM software package is far from a reality today. That’s why DCIM, for most organizations, is an evolutionary process that starts with a business and organizational commitment to get a single view of the facility and IT assets. The journey continues with specific requirements around monitoring, trend analysis, and planning tools, towards more complete automation and an integrated view.  


However, this journey can be faster or slower depending on your IT infrastructure choice. For example,   an organization with converged systems  will make much faster progress towards a holistic DCIM solution than an organization with a component-based, non-standard IT infrastructure with multiple management tools.


And what exactly are converged systems? They’re pre-engineered systems that come with hardware and software elements that are engineered to work together, for a specific application or workload such as cloud, big data or virtualization. They combine servers, storage, software, networking, and services into a simple package. You can order them as one single unit, and you can integrate them seamlessly into your current IT environment. For example, HP CloudSystem, ranked as the top private cloud solution in the market in a new Forrester Wave report, is a converged system.


An HP-sponsored study on the business value of converged systems by global research firm Frost & Sullivan notes that “by choosing converged systems with the right management platform, you can lay the foundation for software-defined data centers (SDDC), wherein all data center components can be defined in software, delivered as a service, and managed by a robust orchestration platform.” This is clearly a huge step toward fully effective DCIM and a truly integrated data center.  


By the way, a great candidate for the “right management platform” that Frost and Sullivan mentioned is HP OneView. This new infrastructure management platform is part of the DCIM universe of tools and technologies   and can really save time for organizations looking to integrate multiple IT infrastructure management tools across server, storage and networking. HP OneView’s ability to do this is a simple yet powerful reason for choosing it. Ask yourself: would you rather have a DCIM solution that needs to integrate with multiple server, storage and networking management tools – or one that converges all into a single tool by design?


If you’d like to learn more about DCIM and its benefits for your data center, check out this HP IT Insights e-book: Bringing clarity to infrastructure management: Essential information about the fully integrated data center.


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Over 15 years of consulting, new technology services development and marketing experience covering data center, IT infrastructure, cloud technology domains. Hande holds a M.B.A degree from Bentley College, MA.

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