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• Rapid and accurate deployment of data center assets (especially for data center migrations & consolidations): A DCIM solution allows CIOs to clearly and rapidly understand and design new data center configurations, decide about whether to reallocate existing servers or purchase new servers, and pinpoint problem areas and resolve them, based on the confidence that comes with real-time, accurate data • Loss of institutional knowledge from staff turnover: The fact that current staff knows the data center like the back of their hand is of no help when they move on to their next job • Accurate prediction of future capacity requirements: The predictive capabilities of a DCIM solution allow IT investments to align with strategic planning assumptions. With a DCIM solution, CIOs can balance computational workload predictions against modeled energy costs. Key among these assumptions is the Gartner estimate that 30% of large organizations will deploy energy-based chargeback mechanisms for data center services by 2015. CIOs need to understand the complete energy picture as well as the data-capacity picture of their data center in order to make decisions that help achieve the goals of the enterprise • Optimization of critical data center resources (power, cooling, and space): From a single location, CIOs can manage the optimal size, configuration, and location of IT assets. A DCIM solution enables the visualization and reconfiguration of these assets in context with power load requirements and mechanical, electrical, and other building systems. From a single view, CIOs can evaluate capital costs, workload balance, energy efficiency, and space utilization • Meeting regulatory requirements as they come online: Regulations mandating energy efficiency will come; it’s a question of time. In the meantime, green initiatives are worthy efforts in their own right and can win the approval of customers.

Energy savings can fund other initiatives Energy Management 8 Driving DCIM Adoption CITO Research Research to solve your problems Benefits of DCIM Software DCIM software takes back-of-the-napkin style diagrams, spreadsheets, Word documents, and Visio diagrams and replaces them with a comprehensive and integrated system that offers a complete model of the data center. With a model in place, the risks involved in migrations, consolidations, and mergers and acquisitions are greatly reduced. Further, CIOs can model future requirements, showing what capacity they have now and how long that will last given the current trends. In this way, the tradeoff between over-provisioning and running out of capacity is balanced and the CIO can take a long-range view of needs rather than building out capacity when it’s not necessary.

DCIM software provides the data needed to assess energy usage and energy savings.

This data can be provided to governments such as the state government of California, where rebates are given for energy-saving technology investments.

DCIM software also helps manage the sprawl of virtual machines, informing IT staff where applications are running and where power is being drawn. As new machines are brought into the data center, they can be added to the model and any variations in power noted.

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Cost savings can help pay for investments in DCIM solutions. Here are some


• Reduced planning time for a data center migration/consolidation (40 to 45% less) • Ability to show that upgrades or expansions are not needed yet. If CIOs can prove the percentage of capacity being used and the rate at which demand is growing, they can track the need for expansion up to five years out

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Conclusion DCIM solutions are evolving rapidly and will become mainstream features in data centers over the next several years. These solutions provide the valuable data needed to report on and improve energy efficiency, identify potential infrastructure trouble spots, and increase the effectiveness of capacity planning. Savings from energy management alone can pay for DCIM investments, but the model DCIM provides of the data center will prove its utility, time and again in many different situations.

About nlyte Software nlyte Software is a leading provider of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions for intelligent capacity planning. Its performance-based solution enables the world’s largest companies to optimally place data center assets to make the most efficient use of power, cooling and space, enabling a reduction in operating expenses by as much as 20% annually. Founded by data center professionals in 2003, nlyte Software is headquartered in Menlo Park, California and can be found online at http://www.nlyte.com.

CITO Research CITO Research is a source of news, analysis, research, and knowledge for CIOs, CTOs, and other IT and business professionals. CITO Research engages in a dialogue with its audience to capture technology trends that are harvested, analyzed, and communicated in a sophisticated way to help practitioners solve business problems.

This paper was sponsored by nlyte Software and created by CITO Research.

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