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Learn from the Data Center Big Boys: 3 DCIM Case Studies

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is rapidly ascending the CIO agenda as a way to manage data center assets over their lifecycle more efficiently. Huge cost ramifications are at play given that older equipment consumes much higher rates of power, new data centers can easily cost $100 million dollars to build, and the only constant in a data center is change.

Hear from Nlyte Software, a leader in DCIM, on how some of their largest clients have benefitted in these 3 case studies:

Banking – how did one of the world’s largest banks with over 1 million square feet of data center space, 25,000 racks and 120,000 servers spread across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific reach their goal of replacing 15% of their data center assets annually?

Consumer Electronics – how did one of the world’s largest consumer electronics and technology companies running nine data centers on four continents with a capacity of more than 18,000 racks and 350,000 individual servers come to replace 800 assets…per day?

Retail – how did one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers operating four data centers with over 1,500 servers across a national footprint get over 500 users to participate in asset management workflow?
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