Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Software

DCIM software provides a comprehensive overview of the data center, including the relationships between the building and its IT systems. It is used to maximize the efficiency of energy, equipment, and floor space usage. By optimizing data center capacities and resource usage, businesses can reduce costs and increase the overall performance of the IT infrastructure.

Managing a data center involves more than traditional aspects of space, power and cooling. Modern data centers contain software-centric elements that must also be managed, which increases the complexity and difficulty. A centralized view of all components and capacities in this hybrid infrastructure is needed to ensure optimal data center operation. FNT's professional software for Data Center Infrastructure Management is a tool that provides this view and centralizes documenting, planning, and managing all aspects of the data center. 

Advantages of FNT’s DCIM Software

A complete overview of the entire system landscape

A single system of record for all data center physical inventory, IT assets, and network resources that delivers full transparency into all system resources. All data is stored in an integrated data model that exposes it to planning processes and makes it available for analysis and reporting. Access to this data enables faster impact analysis, reduced fault repair times and reduces operating costs.

Optimize capacities and resource usage

Enhance space, power, and cooling for on-premise, edge locations, colocation space, and distributed IT/network rooms. Know what is being used and where to reclaim lost capacity and avoid stranded capacities.

Reduce MAC processes and track all changes

Gain access to comprehensive information relating to daily data center processes. Whether managing a live data center, consolidating multiple data centers, or setting up a new one, detailed space and capacity planning must be performed before any changes can be made. FNT supports managing all standard move, add, and changes for IT and facility assets.

Highlights of FNT’s DCIM Software

FNT's Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is a resource management and optimization tool that creates a complete overview of the data center’s entire system landscape. It streamlines processes and optimizes the use of building infrastructure (power, cooling, floor space), IT infrastructure (networks, servers, storage), connectivity (cables, patches) and services (software, applications). It stores this information as a digital twin that represents the entire data center environment. The digital twin data is kept up to date in a single, dynamically updating repository that can easily be integrated into key systems. 

The data center management solution additionally contains many modern management functions, from analysis and visualization to planning and process management. These can be used to run more efficient data center operations, improve data center infrastructure planning, and plan capacity for future growth. Additionally, 2D and 3D views of the rooms can be created to provide a visual overview of the physical space. 

From recording and monitoring live power consumption and temperature values to planning the entire data center, FNT DCIM software will keep your data center operating with maximum efficiency. 


Floor Space Management

Footprints, or graphical representations of entire data centers or zones within them, help to understand the real situation in a data center. Racks, floor tiles, cable trays and climate zones can be placed and arranged. Store floor plans of rooms as background images and lay grids of floor tiles on top.

Capacity Management

Utilization diagrams provide information on usage of air conditioning, power, and floor space by room or data center.

Zone Management

Real estate documentation of a data center is structured hierarchically, starting with the property and getting increasingly granular with the campus, building, floor, and room. The structure is configurable, and zones can be linked within or between hierarchical layers.

Cable and Patch Management

Encompasses all cabling, including back bone and patching inside the data center and between sites. Various display options show connections, including the graphical view inside cabinets. Signal tracing allows fast analysis of the entire signal chain from any selected port.

Lifecycle and Object Management

Record every change in the database throughout the lifecycle of an object. A History function documents a range of parameters for every CI, such as location, attributes, links, users, and type of change. This information can be evaluated for one or more CIs using comprehensive reporting functionality.

Power Management

Plan and manage power distributor systems, consisting of power distributors with the associated power buses and rails. Fuses are placed in the outgoing lines on the respective power rails and connected graphically with the corresponding terminal device.

Rack Elevation Management

Graphic representation of the rack enhanced with a photorealistic imagery, 2 and 3D representations of entire rooms, and a 3D footprint view provide fast and comprehensive overviews of current and planned conditions within the data center.

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FAQ: Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Software

What is a CMDB?

A CMDB – or configuration management database – is a central database that contains all the data required for an organization to track and control its IT resources and services across the enterprise. It ensures that the organization knows how its technology assets are configured and how those items relate to one another, including information on the type and state of all configuration items (CIs). Every element of the IT infrastructure, whether hardware, network, software, or service, is a CI. 

CMDB software doesn’t just contain data on network components, applications, hardware, and services. It also shows all the relationships between the CIs, across all levels of the IT stack. This enables CMDB users to identify dependencies faster and more easily, whether they’re tracing faults, carrying out maintenance, planning upgrades, or taking part in an emergency simulation.  

It’s important to be aware that not every detail needs to be stored in the CMDB itself. In many cases, linking to adjacent systems, such as a network monitoring solution, is sufficient. 

What role do CMDB tools play?

Technology is constantly evolving, and it is expected that IT landscapes will always continue to become more complex as they are constantly growing. Maintaining an overview of the existing IT infrastructure and understanding critical dependencies is an essential need, as all new additions must be fit into and work with what’s already in place. 

A modern CMDB is an ideal tool because it goes beyond simply creating an repository of configuration items (CIs). It also captures important details about the single configuration items, including contract, license, and personnel data as well as the dependencies and relationships between CIs.  

This gives a complete picture of the entire IT landscape, which supports a simpler management at lower operating costs, shorter downtimes and more efficient audits and certification processes. Moreover, IT organizations benefit from more satisfied customers and better services by creating a more solid basis for standardization and optimization of their IT service processes. 

What requirements must a CMDB fulfill?

Requirements will vary depending on an organization’s needs. They will also vary depending on which parts of the infrastructure will be included, as each will have its own set of requirements. As a general rule, since enterprises use a wide range of applications and systems, the ability to integrate data into the CMDB from diverse tools via interfaces is an essential requirement. And if the infrastructure includes cloud environments, the CMDB must support hybrid infrastructures. 

Below is a list of other common requirements of a CMDB: 

  • be usable by any industry or sector 
  • support business-critical operations 
  • offer a variety of interfaces to a wide range of systems 
  • allow agile, flexible mapping of specific requirements 
  • be mappable both in the cloud and on-premises 
  • provide all relevant information for critical service processes 
  • supply up-to-date, accurate data 
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