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The Role of DCIM in a Lean, Clean and Mean Data Center
By Kumar Prabhas, Managing Director at Unisys India
They help their customers strategically prioritize and deliver modernization initiatives that make operations more agile and secure. DCIM in India Although India forms only a small part of the global Infrastructure Management (IM) services market, the share and pace of growth is fast increasing. The current size of the global IM services market is pegged at $370-380 billion, of which close to 40 percent is outsourced to vendors in low cost locations, with India being one of the most attractive destinations, simply because it provides compelling advantages in terms of cost, evolution of technologies, availability of a skilled talent pool, and increased maturity of Indian vendors offering end-to-end infrastructure services. Today, Indian service providers deliver close to about $4 billion worth of services in the IM services space, with this opportunity set to grow in the coming years. The modern enterprise data center remains the essential powerhouse behind an organization’s business critical IT systems. CIOs and IT managers are deeply engaged, and often challenged, in the task of making their data centers as lean, clean, and mean as possible. In this backdrop, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is receiving increasing traction in the market. Gartner has predicted that the DCIM market in India will reach Rs 500 crores by 2014. DCIM enables organizations to effectively assess and establish the inherent value of all their data center assets and provides them with clear insight into power usage, utilization, applications, and overall performance. Moreover, with the recent focus on cutting costs and conserving energy, organizations are looking for ways to achieve their business goals, without the additional burden on their infrastructure. When it comes to effectively serving data centers, organizations need a holistic approach without which they will undoubtedly experience higher support costs, as they pay multiple vendors and undergo long repair schedules. The goal is for companies to find the optimal price performance balance and the right support methodology for their business objectives, operating model, and IT portfolio. New Paradigm In today’s IT environments, everyone is being asked to do more with less. Organizations must cut costs, optimize existing assets, improve service levels, and satisfy increasingly stringent compliance mandates. Companies have to find ways to redirect funds into projects and sourcing options that will cut costs, reduce server real estate, energy use, and achieve optimal quality. The old paradigm of adding more hardware, storage, redundancy, and people has hit an evolutionary dead end. Anytime, anywhere connectivity through social networks and mobile applications and the demand for instant-on, personal choice, and just-in-time capacity is exploding. This high demand for the always-connected government and market place is driving application utilization upward. There are more applications available than ever before - standard apps, mission-critical proprietary apps - all needing to co-exist in a way that provides for a superior consumer and worker experience. The challenge is how to reduce application footprints, costs, and risks, while supporting growing expectations around innovation and user experience. The answer lies in extracting more business value from fewer, existing applications and taking advantage of emerging application delivery models, such as Cloud and Software as a Service.