DCIM Software Release Aims for More Efficient Data Center Management

June 17, 2014 By Karen Henry

Raritan-DCIM-energy-manageRaritan has introduced a release of its data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software that includes an interactive data center map and a bidirectional workflow engine.

The interactive data center map includes information about capacity resources such as space, power, cooling weight, network ports and power connections. 
Red, yellow and green indicators show data center capacities and health. A new inspector widget allows users to view details of budgeted capacities and real-time measured utilization and drill down to see trend analysis and information correlation.

The software includes automated alerts and reports to help warn data center operators of potential capacity and health issues, as well as a number of new process automations:

  • The bidirectional workflow engine further automates the change management process involved when equipment is added or moved from a cabinet and provides tighter integration between Raritan DCIM and ITMS solutions.
  • Enhanced analytics and new automated reports, such as energy bill-back reports by customer, reports that identify ghost and power-hog servers, and monthly peak power reports, can be automatically customized, scheduled, and distributed via e-mail.
  • A quick move feature allows user to select and move assets to an ideal location based on how much space, power, cooling and connectivity is in a cabinet. Disconnect and reconnect change requests are automatically validated and issued to ensure a successful move. The DCIM system captures all requests and work orders in an audit log.
  • Automatic alert notifications of cabinet-level events expands threshold violation alerts to the cabinet-monitoring layer.

The DCIM software also supports rack transfer switches, including Raritan’s new switch that the company touts as having one of the fastest load transfer times in the industry.

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