EMA Recognizes Leading Solutions in Data Center Infrastructure Management from the End-User Perspective

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Latest EMA Radar Report provides in-depth insights into seven leading vendor solutions

Following a comprehensive review of the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) marketplace, leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), has released the first-ever detailed product comparison of the leading DCIM solution sets based on key criteria defined by EMA Managing Research Director, Systems Management, Steve Brasen. The EMA Radar Report for Data Center Infrastructure Management identifies the essential vendors and products in this space, offering actionable guidance to organizations looking to adopt the most effective DCIM platform to meet their unique enterprise requirements.

Increased adoption of policies for reducing energy consumption, improving reliability, achieving compliance, and decreasing operational costs have led organizations to recognize that holistic and converged monitoring and management of data center assets are essential to achieving business IT goals. DCIM processes provide visibility into IT environments to quickly and easily inform both facilities management and IT operations about the status of data center assets, how they interact with each other, how each is affected by a change event, and what are the optimal configurations and management processes to ensure reliability and cost-effectiveness.

According to Brasen, “Unfortunately, in their zeal to leverage the marketing hype around DCIM, many vendors have inappropriately used the term as a descriptor for products with limited functionality, resulting in unnecessary confusion about the value of true DCIM processes.” In fact, of the hundreds of solutions claiming DCIM capabilities, EMA identified only a handful that could reasonably be considered true DCIM platforms. Seven of these leading product sets were evaluated and compared by EMA, including solutions offered by Cormant, Emerson Network Power, FieldView, iTRACS, Modius, Nlyte, and Raritan.

EMA’s Radar Report evaluation crosses five distinct pillars indicating value: Functionality, Price Advantage, Architecture and Integration, Deployment and Administration, and Vendor Strength. Functional comparisons of the product sets incorporate reviews of features across the breadth of DCIM disciplines, including:

-Asset Management
-Energy Management
-Thermal Management
-Space Management
-Access and Control
-Reporting and Alarming
-Modeling and Visualizations

The complete EMA Radar Report for Data Center Infrastructure Management is available online at: http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/2437/EMA-Radar-for-Data-Center-Infrastructure-Management-%28DCIM%29:-Q4-2012.

The summary version is available online for free at: http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/2438/Report-Summary---EMA-Radar-for-Data-Center-Infrastructure-Management-%28DCIM%29:-Q4-2012.

A free Webinar providing highlights of this Radar Report will be held on January 15, 2013. Those interested in attending can register at http://research.enterprisemanagement.com/dcim-radar-pr.html.

About the EMA Radar Report
The EMA Radar Report delivers an in-depth analysis of industry-leading vendors and vendor products, including their overall market position in comparison with other vendors. This information is laid out in an easy-to-decipher, detailed Radar Chart, making it simple to see how vendors measure up in the market, as well as against other vendors. The EMA Radar report also provides a detailed discussion of methodology and criteria, a high-level market segment overview, and a comprehensive analyst write-up on each vendor.

About Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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