Exploring DCIM for Intel’s Data Centers
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IT Best Practices: In the fall of 2012 Intel began exploring the potential benefits of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions in Intel data centers. DCIM may potentially help us achieve cost savings through remote management of critical data center infrastructure and increased operational efficiency.
We conducted a DCIM proof of concept (PoC) that explored existing capabilities and the feasibility of deploying a DCIM solution. The PoC revealed that the effort required for deployment and the level of benefit associated with the solution made the returns less than what we had planned for. Consequently, we did not deploy the DCIM solution globally.
In parallel with the DCIM PoC, we conducted a PoC that evaluated Intel Data Center Manager (Intel DCM)—a power- and thermal-management solution. During this PoC, we worked with the Intel DCM product-development team to better align the product with our data center management needs. In 2014, we will conduct additional Intel DCM PoCs, and we are working to fund global deployment in the future.
Deploying a DCIM solution in an enterprise environment such as Intel’s can be a significant challenge. The two PoCs helped us identify several best-known methods (BKMs) that set the stage for further DCIM investigation and solution deployment.