DCIM solutions vary widely, depending on the breadth and depth of the toolbox and services provided. The ABB Ability™ Data Center Automation solution delivers benefits that encompass these 5 areas of infrastructure and operations that help manage your data center cost, capacity and control. At ABB, we group the many benefits a good DCIM system delivers into 5 categories:
System availability and performance
– Industrial class visibility and performance metering of both IT and facility systems, including status change, energy consumption and environmental data from any location.
Capacity planning and management
– Maximize capacity of power, cooling and space through optimized placement of IT assets, ‘current state’ and ‘future state’ resource capacity planning, including what-if scenarios and data center comparisons.
Resource forecasting and energy planning
– Real-time energy market intelligence and analytics to determine $/kWh, $$/MW, transactions/server, PUE, carbon emissions, and other data center metrics.
Facility & IT automation –
Control technologies and process automation of work flow, asset management, and automatic demand response of facilities (e.g., power and cooling) and IT (e.g., load shifting).
Troubleshooting and root cause analysis
– Granular performance detail, including time-stamping and occurrences of alerts and alarms, for your entire data center operations.