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CIO - Realizing the promise of DCIM requires specialized software, hardware and sensors, and vendors have wasted no time jumping into the DCIM space. As of 2013 there were more than 100 vendors, most of them offering point solutions and hardware.
HP today announced four new consulting services to help clients cut through the confusion.
"Choosing and implementing a DCIM solution can be challenging because of market fragmentation, an overabundance of tools, technologies and vendors. Too often, a lack of proper planning," says Chris Coggrave, worldwide director of IT Infrastructure Services at HP Technology Services Consulting.
"What's more, most organizations' in-house data center teams lack the unique mix of IT, facility and service management expertise that's needed to understand both DCIM's potential and the current gaps between crucial data center functions-not to mention expertise on how to adapt ITSM best practices to business needs and how to integrate data center resources into broader enterprise management systems," Coggrave says.
By providing access to senior HP IT service management (ITSM), IT infrastructure and facility experts, the new HP Converged Management Consulting Services are intended to help organizations squeeze the greatest efficiency out of their data centers while also preparing for the impact of future workloads created by cloud, mobility and big data.
The New HP Converged Management Consulting Services
The services include the following:
"There's a need to understand where we're heading, what are the problems that are coming up," Coggrave says. "We're heading to a much more converged future. As a result, areas that were islands in the past are inevitably going to have to come together if you want to stay competitive in business. It's no longer a case of just buying a product or tool and doing an implementation. You need to take a more holistic approach."