"Precise positioning for every device and rack is an important requirement to achieve the maximum benefit of DCIM."


Data center floor planning using DCIM

One of the trends in today´s world in data center is the use of information technology to monitoring, gathering and processing useful information in real time in a way managers and operational staff be capable to make decisions about the use of facilities regarding to space and energy. In this scenarios is where DCIM (Data center infrastructure management) brings the solution. One of the benefits of DCIM is the capability to monitor the computer room through a graphic representation in the same way room is built and equipment deployed.

The floor of the data center is fundamentally an X-Y coordinated grid used to represent the actual location of equipment within the computer room. Floor planning is a critical reference process, therefore, floor space must be constantly updated in order to mimic the characteristics of computer room. Precise positioning for every device and rack is an important requirement to achieve the maximum benefit of DCIM.

One of the functionalities of DCIM is that it can be represented the number of available rack units, the temperature and humidity in different points of room and total power consumption of each installed rack. Throughout the use of these data center visual representations, the available capacity can be visualized and new projects can be created based on the up to date data center utilization in terms of space, power and cooling. Some of criteria to decide where an equipment or a group of them are installed are related to:

- Locating rack units with less power consumption.

- Locating out of date equipment that need to be replaced for a new one and is delivering capacity.

- Visualizing the optimum equipment location regarding to cooling air distribution.


  • Ghatikar, Girish Ghatikar, and Piette Mary Ann. DATA CENTER HANDBOOK. Ed. Geng Hwaiyu. 2nd ed. Hoboken: Wiley, 2015. Print.