The DCIM market is small but expanding, according to 451 Research.
The company forecasts the worldwide DCIM software market will be $427 million in 2012 and will grow at 39% a year to reach nearly $1.3 billion in 2015.
A major driver for DCIM is capacity planning, said Lawrence.
If a data center over-provisions or under-provisions, the cost of fixing the problem can be between $10 million to $20 million per megawatt, he said.
Proper capacity planning is one way to realize a return on DCIM.
Others include better cooling management to keep from over or under cooling systems. As data centers increasingly add higher density equipment, Lawrence believes they may also become more vulnerable to any kind of instability and outages.
Data centers will also need higher levels of efficiency as virtualization makes them more dynamic, said Lawrence. "It will be very difficult not have DCIM" in these environments, he said.
Trellis is shipping with four software applications that can track inventory, report on the health of the infrastructure, manage changes and calculate total data center energy consumption.
The Trellis platform is built in a modular fashion to make it easier to add new capabilities. Future releases include a "virtual insight manager," that will detail VM usage.
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