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There is no denying that Data Centre Infrastructure Management or DCIM is part and parcel of data centres today. Deployed within on-premises data centres or colocation facilities to manage IT equipment and supporting infrastructure such as power and cooling, the scope and capabilities of DCIM systems have evolved substantially over time. However, a proper appreciation of modern DCIM requires that we begin with "traditional" DCIM. The birth of DCIM As noted by Gartner back in 2016, DCIM systems are tools that monitor, measure, manage and/or control data centre utilisation and energy consumption of all IT-related equipment within the facility. This includes power distribution and cooling required to keep the IT systems up and running, including its physical security. DCIM moves beyond basic device-level monitoring to give facility operators a better understanding of their environments. This goes beyond device status and includes power and cooling. The objective is to prevent problems from occurring, as well as to serve as an invaluable aid for asset management, capacity planning and the optimal placement of equipment.