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Eight Steps to a Shortlist for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools

Published: 24 March 2015

ID: G00274799

Analyst(s): Jay E. Pultz

Summary

Data center infrastructure management vendors offer a bewildering array of products and options. Infrastructure and operations leaders should take eight steps to develop a shortlist.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • 1. Determine the Relative Importance of Vendor Evaluation Criteria
  • 2. Determine the Relative Importance of Products' Critical Capabilities
  • 3. Ascertain Your DCIM Entry Point — and Beyond
  • 4. Assess the Best Fit for Your Data Center(s)
  • 5. Identify Your Current and Future DCIM Tool Users
  • 6. Recognize That DCIM Tools Cannot Stand Alone but Require Support Services
  • 7. Understand How to Ask for an Estimated Price
  • 8. Decide Whether You Require a Proof of Concept

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