Emerson Network Power Unveils Comprehensive Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Strategy

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Emerson Network Power today introduced the industry’s first integrated, single information-source data center infrastructure management (DCIM) platform to bridge the critical gap between a data center’s IT equipment and facilities infrastructure. Emerson Network Power’s Trellis™ DCIM platform will provide integrated, real-time visualization, analysis and control across IT equipment and physical infrastructure, enabling smarter decisions and greater capacity utilization.

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™, today introduced Trellis™, the first integrated, single-information-source data center infrastructure management (DCIM) platform to bridge the critical gap between a data center’s IT equipment and facilities infrastructure. Steve Hassell, president of the Avocent business of Emerson Network Power, announced the news via a live webcast from Interop New York.

The State of DCIM Today:

  •     Currently, data center managers typically reserve 20 percent or more of their power system capacity as a buffer against overload. This has become a standard practice because they lack a single, real-time view of operating conditions within the IT equipment and the power and cooling systems that support them, instead relying on the face plate specifications rather than real-time performance indicators.
  •     Virtualization has added to the uncertainty—and increased the size of the buffer in some cases—as it creates a dynamically shifting operating environment on a static physical layer.
  •     According to Emerson calculations, if every U.S. data center could utilize 10 percent more of its available capacity, U.S. businesses stand to save more than $10 billion through improved data center infrastructure management.

About Emerson Network Power’s Trellis Platform:

  •     The Trellis dynamic infrastructure optimization platform is a family of hardware, software and services designed to manage the dynamic nature and requirements of the infrastructure holistically from a central “source of truth,” enabling data center managers to make smarter decisions on the interplay between efficiency, availability and capacity utilization.
  •     The platform brings together the functionalities of Emerson’s existing Aperture, Avocent and Liebert DCIM Solutions and enhances them by creating one seamless solution.
  •     The platform will increase capacity utilization by providing visibility into and control over integration and collaboration between the physical and IT infrastructure layers – what we call dynamic infrastructure optimization – eliminating the need for guesswork that necessitates a power system capacity “buffer.”
  •     To begin achieving the benefits of an optimized data center infrastructure, customers can implement any of Emerson Network Power’s existing hardware or software solutions. Existing hardware or software solutions from Emerson Network Power will either migrate or integrate, as appropriate, with the new Trellis platform and bring the customer dynamic infrastructure optimization, a level of DCIM that no one else can provide.
  •     Emerson Network Power expects the core Trellis modules to be available by Q4 2011 with subsequent modules rolling out over the following 12 to 18 months.

About Emerson Network Power’s Commitment to DCIM:

  •     Emerson has made an unprecedented resource commitment to addressing the industry’s need for a solution that bridges IT and facilities systems and provides data in appropriate interfaces across IT and facilities.
  •     Emerson’s acquisitions of Aperture and Avocent represent a more than $1.25 billion investment, which is among the largest in a single solution category in the company’s history.
  •     With the 2009 acquisition of Avocent, Emerson Network Power gained the final component required to provide holistic insight and control across every aspect of the data center physical infrastructure.
  •     Emerson Network Power has aligned its organization to streamline integration of infrastructure management technologies across its Aperture, Avocent and Liebert product lines to develop Trellis, which will be the most comprehensive data center infrastructure management platform available.
  •     In January, Emerson named its own CIO, Steve Hassell, to head up the newly formed division that encompasses the Aperture and Avocent brands.

Quotes Attributable to Steve Hassell, president of the Avocent business of Emerson Network Power:

  •     “Virtualization has brought greater flexibility and efficiency to data center management, but has introduced new complexities and pressures to the static physical infrastructure.”
  •     “Organizations today lack visibility into the impact of virtualization and the deployment of high-density servers on the physical infrastructure, and that keeps them from utilizing the full capacity of their equipment. We intend to provide that visibility along with the tools to manage and optimize changes to the physical infrastructure.”

Analyst Quote:

  •     “By 2014, DCIM tools and processes will become main stream in data centers, growing from 1 percent penetration (in 2010) to 60 percent. To take advantage of the benefits as they evolve, I&O leaders should begin the DCIM evaluation process in 2010 and 2011,” - David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for Gartner’s Infrastructure teams with in his March 2010 report, “DCIM: Going Beyond IT.”

Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Infrastructure Management
Steve Hassell’s Perspective on the Future of DCIM
Emerson Network Power’s Market Position on DCIM

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™ from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. For more information, visit http://www.Emerson.com.

About Interop
Interop® drives the adoption of technology, providing knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success. Part of UBM TechWeb’s family of global brands, Interop is the leading business technology event series. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet program, Interop provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. For more information about these events visit, http://www.interop.com.

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