Datacenter Management is (un)Dead Simple with dRACKula

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dRACKula, a new web app that provides a photo-realistic view of your servers, reduces the time spent managing a datacenter and eliminates the frustration of using tools like Microsoft Visio and Excel, launches today. It also costs a fraction compared to bloated DCIM software packages while providing the ability to track live racks, switches, PDUs and devices anywhere with a smartphone or tablet.

We designed dRACKula to do all the things System Administrators need to do on a daily basis. - Immanuel Phillips, lead designer

According to a recent poll, more than half of all System Administrators still use Microsoft Visio and Excel as their primary tools for datacenter management. And while Visio is great for flowcharts, it’s an (ahem) frighteningly inadequate option for managing servers.

On Halloween 2012, a better datacenter management solution has emerged from the crypt.

dRACKula is a new web app that provides a photo-realistic view of your servers, reduces the time spent managing a datacenter and eliminates the frustration of using tools like Microsoft Visio and Excel. It also costs a fraction compared to bloated DCIM software packages while providing the ability to track live racks, switches, PDUs and devices anywhere with a smartphone or tablet.

Datacenter Management for Sys Admins, by Sys Admins

Conceptualized by system administrators who were tired of losing productivity to outdated datacenter management tools, dRACKula allows sys admins to design racks in the app without being constrained to available live devices. To perform updates, sys admins can simply clone an existing rack to experiment with new configurations. If a sys admin is on their way to a co-location to perform some maintenance, they simply grab their smartphone or tablet and prototype new configurations in the app without impacting live machines. Once they arrive at the colo, sys admins can compare their prototyped rack to a live rack and generate a changelog for efficient on-site updates. If the updates look good, the Promote to Live button is used to to switch to a new view with one click.

dRACKula lead designer Immanuel Phillips says the simplicity of the app is what he’s most proud of:

“Features like Promote to Live make switching to a new view as easy as clicking a button,” Phillips says. “Still, as a system administrator myself I realize that there are times when you have to roll things back. dRACKula saves your database and creates a rack history to enable rollbacks when required.”

Feature-rich Datacenter Management

In addition to on-the-go rack management and prototyping new configurations, dRACKula allows system administrators to create task lists for rack updates, track user revisions and manage asset lease schedules. Detailed server rack overviews and datacenter maps with valuable reports can also be generated for personal use—or to impress a boss.

“After years of creating Visio diagrams of our servers and taking printouts to our co-location facilities, we knew there had to be a better solution to server management,” continues Phillips. “We designed dRACKula to do all the things system administrators need to do on a daily basis.”

dRACKula offers every user secure datacenter management. Pricing starts at $49 per month and varies depending on the number of racks a customer would like to manage. Customers managing more than one rack will receive secure, dedicated service and a personalize domain.

Visit http://www.drackula.net for more information and be sure to follow dRACKula on Twitter @drackapp or become a fan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/drackapp.

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