Gartner recently published its third annual Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools. Whilst the analyst is always at pains to point out that it does not endorse vendors, products or services depicted in these reports, Gartner has now highlighted Schneider Electric as a leader for three years in a row for its DCIM software suite.
For millennia, much has been made of the number three. However, instead of mystical powers, Schneider Electric’s position on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for DCIM is in fact based on fifteen inclusion criteria which the analyst adjusts as market change. Gartner analysts evaluate vendors based upon their Ability to Execute as well as their Completeness of Vision.
Gartner base their evaluations on a variety of sources, from vendor interviews, briefings and product demonstrations to customer references, surveys and information in the public domain. To be considered for assessment, vendors have to have viable products and go-to-market strategies in the DCIM market. Their offer must meet the Gartner definition of a DCIM tool which must monitor, measure, manage and sometimes control resources and energy consumption of IT-related equipment and facility infrastructure components specifically in data centres.
DCIM tools assist data centre and facilities managers to continuously optimise data centre power, cooling and space constraints to reduce operating expenses and/ or increase resource utilisation. Gartner say that while the primary adopters of DCIM are large enterprises, managed service providers and colocation data centre service providers, smaller organisations can also benefit from deploying certain DCIM capabilities.
In addition, says the analyst, CIOs, CTOs, data centre managers and infrastructure and operations leaders will find the operational benefits of DCIM to be very compelling. Since the cost of DCIM tools represents only and small percentage of the total cost of ownership for a data centre, all organisations that have even a moderate sized facility should consider investing.
Schneider Electric participates in the DCIM market with StruxureWare for Data Centres, a modularised integrated suite of applications which includes a base platform – StruxureWare Data Centre Operations – as well as 10 modules to add functionality. We have a flexible pricing structure and strategy for StruxureWare. Read the Gartner report to learn more.
Gartner Magic Quadrants offer what the analyst calls “a market snapshot” which can be useful in enabling users to map vendor strengths to organisational needs. In its latest Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools report Gartner names Schneider Electric a Leader. We believe this is based on our large scale data centre solution deployments and strong revenue base to sustain investment in our DCIM product and market development.
Evidence of Schneider Electric’s capacity for innovation can be seen in the recent announcement of StruxureOn – a game changing digital service connects data centre physical infrastructure assets to the Schneider Electric cloud. This IoT-based approach enables DCIM-style insights into system performance, and maintenance and service requirements via a smartphone app. StruxureOn uses data-driven analytics to proactively report potential failures. It is felt that the cloud-based service will help companies to experience and evaluate the benefits of DCIM prior to investing in a wider roll-out of the technology.
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Infrastructure Management Tools, April Adams, David J Cappuccio, Neha Kumar, Tiny Haynes, 10 October 2016
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