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A data center manager (DCM) is a person, or in some cases, a technology, that helps to provide better management for a business or enterprise data center. Data centers are often the most complex and sophisticated parts of an IT architecture and require many different kinds of professional and technological handling in order to make sure that they work properly.
Companies will typically hire individuals as data center managers to plan and monitor all of the processes involved in creating and using data centers in a business. On the planning side, this involves a lot of work in terms of exactly what is needed to support existing business processes. After the data center is set up, data center managers may spend a lot of time monitoring and evaluating data security, the proper flow of data through middleware or other support systems, or the maintenance of data center tier levels, which create more fault-tolerant systems for these IT infrastructures. A specific form of data center management is now called data center infrastructure management (DCIM), where data center managers will focus attention on physical and asset-based maintenance strategies.
By investing in a data center manager role and assorted technologies that will help monitor data center operations, companies are investing in core pieces of their IT systems. Data centers that work well will effectively keep necessary information on hand as long as it is valuable to the business. These systems also support the kinds of complicated data mining and data capture that businesses use to reach customers more effectively, optimize all kinds of physical and cognitive business processes, and chart the best path for growth or expansion in the future.