Data center infrastructure management spending to grow to $4.5 billion by 2020: Navigant

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) spending — software and services — will grow from $663 million worldwide in 2013 to more than $4.5 billion by 2020, said Navigant Research.

The report says the growth drivers for the data center infrastructure spending include the need for data centers to improve their energy efficiency while meeting an ever-growing demand for IT capacity.

DCIM – the software, systems, and services that monitor, measure, and help control a data center’s IT and facilities infrastructure – is becoming a must-have technology for managing the complexities of the modern data center.

“By enabling deep visibility into all aspects of a data center’s operations, DCIM technology is opening tremendous opportunities for data centers to become more manageable and efficient,” says Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research.

DCIM enables data center operators to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and total cost of ownership, while boosting productivity and helping managers understand data center performance and spending through detailed metrics.

The effective DCIM solutions help data center operators optimize the efficient use of power, cooling, space, and human resources. Outside of the data center itself, DCIM solutions also help to optimize operating costs and capital expenditures.

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