Learn about, compare and choose the right DCIM software

Last updated:August 2017

Buyer's Guide

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Editor's note

Data center infrastructure management software allows admins to oversee how their data center infrastructure and its resources perform. The system collects information on capacity, power, cooling and other assets from data center infrastructure and facilities and then consolidates it into real-time reports so admins can better plan, prepare and properly manage resources. DCIM software is valuable for the modern data center to prepare for disaster prevention, improve capacity planning and more.

DCIM tools vary from vendor to vendor, but buyers should pay particularly close attention to the following capabilities when analyzing their options: energy monitoring, environmental monitoring, asset management, cabling management, data center visualization, event management and workflow optimization.

Buyers must know exactly what their data center requires from a DCIM software suite as different products have different focuses. This guide explores both the business case and technical functions offered by DCIM software, the specific options available on the market and, ultimately, how they stack up against one another in meeting data center management needs.

1Why modern data centers need DCIM software

Discover the different business uses for DCIM software and how these products address these specific needs.

2Assess and evaluate DCIM software and their functions

Learn the notable functions and capabilities that DCIM software provides its users and what buyers should look for when evaluating what tools would be most suitable to manage their data center.

3Choose the right DCIM software to best run your data center

Read about the vendors in the DCIM market space so you can select the products that best meet your data center management needs.

4Examine DCIM vendor options in-depth

The DCIM market offers a large collection of vendors. Read these detailed overviews of different DCIM software suites -- their features, capabilities and buying and licensing options -- to help you determine the best choice for your business.