As you may already know, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is becoming more and more critical to the modern data center. With it, you can […]

Considering DCIM? You May Want to Start Small

As you may already know, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is becoming more and more critical to the modern data center. With it, you can […]

As you may already know, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is becoming more and more critical to the modern data center. With it, you can plan and manage for capacity, power, manage cabling, and get a single-source-of-truth of your entire IT infrastructure. You can share insights across teams and provide different views to different stakeholders.

How does an organization plan to conquer their DCIM initiatives? Where to start?

Some organizations need an on-premise solution and others may want a Cloud solution and not worry about the necessary hardware and software requirements and infrastructure to install DCIM.

Organizations can start off with a large implementation right off the bat with the funding approved. Some organizations, however, need to start small for various reasons:

  • Perhaps they are having a small budget for this project.
  • Perhaps they are unsure of the return on investment and need to start small and get a win to justify growing further.
  • Perhaps they are weary of the learning curve in getting the team up to speed and how complicated implementation may, or may not, end up being.

Whatever the reason may be, pay-as-you-grow DCIM is something to consider. That’s right: a DCIM software solution should be able to grow with you. DCIM should fit within your budget, whether it’s for managing 10,000 devices inside your data center, or 250 devices. You should have the option to not have to buy the farm, if all you want to do at first is plant a few rows of crops and see how it all goes.

One note be weary of all of the additional add-on modules that you have to get. At Graphical Networks netTerrain DCIM, we only offer one additional add-on module: netTerrain OSP. This is only needed if you need to document and manage the fiber and its fiber strands for managing your fiber cables, both inside and outside the buildings.

At Graphical Networks, we often say, “our software is for companies of all sizes”…and we mean it. That’s not just a sales pitch. Our software is used by some of the world’s largest companies and also by one-person IT departments. We offer a variety of different options so that we do not sell our customers things they don’t need and position them for success.

You can start off with netTerrain DCIM and document up to 500 devices at any number of locations, with a yearly on-premise license. Graphical Networks also offers netTerrain in the Cloud too (www.netTerrain.com). This could be a good way for organizations who want to start small and document and manage a room or certain area inside their data center. Graphical Networks provides both a yearly subscription license model and a permanent license option for on-premise installation. For the list of the differences between both license options, please click here to read a blog about DCIM software and costs.

You can always upgrade from a yearly license to a perpetual license as an option if you want to move to a permanent license (we feel that if you are going to keep netTerrain for at least more than four years, the permanent license is a better option, cost wise).

Graphical Networks recently introduced our new netTerrain DCIM bundles:, they give you the support you need to tackle a project and get it done right.

Our DCIM bundle packages include:

  • a permanent license of netTerrain,
  • five Editor Users,
  • unlimited read-only viewers,
  • first year of software maintenance (customer support and new versions of netTerrain),
  • and either online training (onsite TBD, due to the pandemic) or implementation services to help you get your DCIM project up and running quickly.

You will just need to select the number of devices/objects that you want to start off at (500, 1,000, or 2,000) This bundle does save you money, as this is a discounted price bundle offering. To visit our netTerrain DCIM bundle offerings, please click here and see your options for starting small with DCIM.

Fred Koh
Fred Koh
As a seasoned sales executive, Fred Koh serves as Director of Sales and is responsible for Graphical Networks sales and channel partner program, marketing strategy, and operations.

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