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please find our latest bi-monthly e-newsletter. This month we focus on
facility related topics and focus upon Data Center Software Management
Tools or, as the solutions are typically referred to, Data Center
Infrastructure Management (DCIM).
In addition to PTS' take on DCIM, other topics include:
- Solutions Showcase:
Given we are focused in our headline story on DCIM as a critical
management and analysis tool set for success data center management,
the focus of the Solutions Showcase is on our top picks for DCIM.
Included here are products from Schneider Electric - APC, Emerson
Network Power - Avocent, nLyte, Raritan, and No Limits Software.
- Educational White Papers: We continue on the topic of Data Center Infrastructure Management with excellent white papers.
the newsletter provides a recap of various articles of interest in
which PTS management and engineering resources have been quoted and
In addition, this month we announce the new PTS Media Library
for access to PTS resources, content, and services solutions. As we
continue to add new content (I.e. white papers, brochures, solutions,
videos, and webinars), PTS has established a registration process for
clients to be able to easily download a variety of technical and
education information through our website. Please click on the sign-up
button here to register for future downloads.
As always, please think of us for your next data center project --- whether it is infrastructure, facility, or IT related.
President & Founder
PTS Data Center Solutions, Inc
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PTS Story: Why Invest in Data Center Infrastructure Management?
If you could summarize
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) in one word it would be
information. This information must be complete, accurate, have audit
capability, and provide an integration layer.
Can you answer the following questions?
- How long does it take to deploy a new server?
- Who can you contact to get the accurate status for a project?
- For any given IT service, can you name all the servers on which it relies to properly operate?
- Do you have the capacity (power, cooling and space) to add 10 new blade servers?
If you can't answer the questions, it is probably because you don't
have the tools you need to provide the information you need to do your
job. The illustration shows the various infrastructure management
functions with information as the core.
Infrastructure management tools fall into six general categories:
- Asset Management
- Asset Location Management
- Real-Time Monitoring
- Energy Management
- Capacity Planning
- Optimization Management
- Documentation Management
- Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Modeling
- Maintenance Management
- Data Connectivity Management
- Power Connectivity Management
While many of the
available tools cross over into multiple infrastructure management
categories, it is important to note that no vendor today has a single
tool, or even a suite of tools, that satisfies the requirements of all
of these categories.
To meet today's data center manager needs, PTS leverages several DCIM
tool-sets to provide support in the six categories above. To a data
center manager, it is critical to be able to manage assets, monitor the
assets in real-time, maintain remote connectivity, plan for future
growth, and maintain the assets for optimum performance and uptime.
Currently, there is no magic solution which does it all. However,
depending upon the structure, design, and requirements of a particular
data center, a combination of solutions can provide data center
managers with the information they need to effectively and efficiently
manager their facilities.
Check out the Data Center Management Solutions Showcase in this newsletter or visit the PTS website to learn more and access various vendor solutions.
The PTS Data Center Solutions Showcase: Data Center Infrastructure Management
As previously discussed,
the Data Center Infrastructure Management solutions space has many
players with specific niche products as well as more comprehensive (but
by no means complete) solutions. As a facilities consulting and data
center management company, PTS leverages many solutions to manage data
centers on behalf of clients. We also provide these solutions for sale
to clients. This month's Solutions Showcase reviews several of our
favorites (in alphabetical order).
You can learn more about PTS' services to support design and implementation of these systems by clicking here. For PTS data center services related to monitoring & control and operations & maintenance, click on the respective links.
APC Data Center InfraStruxure Management Software
While power, cooling and cost control remain top concerns in the data
center, new questions including Green IT, energy efficiency, PUE,
utility negotiations and return on investment are highlighting the need
for a new, business orientation to the management of data center
management systems, building management systems and network management
systems do not address the physical infrastructure supporting IT
assets. InfraStruxureŽ Management Software does - and it integrates
with all of these systems for holistic management of the entire data
center ecosystem from utility power quality to chiller temperature to
generator fuel level to UPS tolerance to associated server application.
capacity planning, change management, energy efficiency, operations,
centralized management, and energy usage modules, PTS feels the APC
solution can help data center managers in multiple ways. Learn more
about the InfraStruxure Management solutions by clicking here
Emerson Network Power Trellis™ Data Center Infrastructure Management Platform
Tapping a technology portfolio of unprecedented depth, Emerson Network
Power has created the Trellis platform. This industry-changing new
platform, comprised of a family of hardware, software and services, is
founded on the vision of effectively erasing the lines between once
isolated infrastructure components within the data center.
the goal of achieving a true, single-pane, contextualized, real-time
view of data center physical infrastructure, we are building on the
significant experience and data center infrastructure management (DCIM)
capabilities already available from Emerson Network Power-from the
Liebert cooling, power and monitoring solutions to the server firmware,
control and data center management solutions from Avocent and Aperture.
nlyte 6.0 Data Center Infrastructure Management
been founded in 2003, nlyte is a relative newcomer to the DCIM space.
However, that doesn't stop its flagship product from providing real
value across multiple components of the DCIM spectrum.
suite creates a complete data center management environment for
improved business agility - From the point you set your goals through
the discovery of what you have, visualizing where your assets are,
modeling and controlling changes, reporting on the results and finally
predicting your future.
Leveraging its Data Center Performance
Management process, the nlyte solution performs discovery,
visualization, modeling, control, reporting, and predictive analysis to
help data center managers run their operations.
Learn more about the nlyte approach and process by clicking here
No Limits Software Rack Management Platform (RaMP)
The No Limits Software RaMP product is unique in several regards.
No Limits Software solutions eliminate the need for manual audits by automating manual and unreliable processes.
RaMP solution allows you to understand where the device is located,
what power is consumed at the device and rack level, when any physical
or logical changes are made, how the device configured and why servers
may not be operating in an efficient manner.
Learn more about RaMP by clicking here
Raritan dcTrack™ Data Center Infrastructure Management Software
a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software solution that
provides powerful and intelligent tools for automation. dcTrack was
designed from the ground up by data center professionals to provide you
with broad and deep visibility into your operations. It allows you to
plan for growth and change by optimizing your current operations,
assets and infrastructure.
dcTrack, you can maintain accurate views across your entire data
center, including servers, blades, virtual servers, applications, data
networks, IP addressing space and network cabling. It also provides
real-time views of power consumption and heat dissipation, raised floor
space and rack elevations.
Learn more about dcTrack by clicking here
PTS Education & White Papers
Check out the latest white papers added to our website by signing in or joining our new PTS Media Library!
We're sure there will be some interesting content for your reading
pleasure. For up-to-the-minute educational information don't forget to
check out the PTS Blog - Data Center Design and consider joining the LinkedIn Computer Room Design Group.
This month we include several new manufacturer white papers related to Data Center Management and DCIM.
Access all the white papers by entering the PTS Media Library and looking under the Management topic area.
An Introduction to Data Center Infrastructure Management by Raritan
white paper provides a solid foundation for DCIM and is a good primer
if you are just becoming familiar with the many components of DCIM. Download
How Data Center Infrastructure Management Software Improved Planning and Cuts Operational Costs by APC
executives are challenging their IT staffs to convert data centers
from cost centers into producers of business value. Data centers can
make a significantimpact to the bottom line by enabling the business
torespond more quickly to market demands. This paper demonstrates,
through a series of examples, how data center infrastructure management
software tools can simplify operational processes, cut costs, and
speed up information delivery. Download
Why PUE Alone is Not Enough! by nlyte
whitepaper addresses how data center management software is used to
benchmark current power consumption through real-time feeds and
equipment ratings and then model the effects of "green" initiatives on
the data center's PUE and DCiE before actually committing resources to
support the implementation. Download
Achieving Control Over Data Center Implementations and Operations by Emerson Network Power (Avocent)
data centers that lack reliability and proper security often result in
systemic instances of lost productivity and operational cost overruns.
By proactively enabling services for controlling access to the
infrastructure and monitoring for activity, management decisions can be
made to improve data center services that more effectively meet
organizational requirements. Download
Data Center Management: Searching for the Optimum Solution by No Limits Software
of assets in the data center is incomplete, inaccurate, and difficult
to maintain with today's technology. Learn more about proper asset
management in this white paper. Download
In the News
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March 9, 2011
total cost of ownership of a data center is a difficult, complicated
task which has to be performed before one is built in order to compare
different options and find one that fits the best...
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Getting Involved In Company Direction & PlanningProcessor.com
February 25, 2011
role in overall corporate strategy saw a jump in 2010. The jump is due
in part to the way the corporation views the IT department-as a
strategic business enabler, not just an extra-large business expense...
To Read the Article, Please Click HerePTS Accepted into Con Edison's New Data Center Energy Efficiency ProgramPress Release
February 15, 2011
Data Center Solutions announced today it has been accepted as a Market
Partner in the Consolidated Edison of New York (Con Edison) Commercial
and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program. Specifically, PTS' focus
will fall under Con Edison's new Data Center Efficiency Program which
Con Edison has launched in conjunction with NYSERDA.
To Read the Press Release, Please Click HereSmall Improvements Yield Big Benefits: Concentrating On IT Infrastructure Makes A DifferenceProcessor.com
February 11, 2011
If you're looking for ways to go green in your data center, keep in mind that sometimes the little things matter...
To Read the Article, Please Click HereExaGrid Disk Backup with Deduplication System Named Backup and Disaster Recovery Hardware "Product of the Year"
February 3, 2011
a strategic partner with ExaGrid and its solutions, PTS Data Center
Solutions is pleased to announce the ExaGrid EX10000E was selected as
Product of the Year by Storage magazine SearchStorage.com.
To Read the ExaGrid Release, Please Click Here
For more information on the SearchStorage.com Products
of the year, Please Click HereConsider An Emergency GeneratorBusiness Continuity Info
February 11, 2011
UPS provides clean power, guarding against surges and drops," says Dan
McHugh, project manager at PTS Data Center Solutions. 'In order to
provide longer-term power, you'd need racks and racks of batteries. A
generator allows you to be out two to three days, so you're not losing
money.' PTS is a consulting firm that does design work, construction,
or construction management.
To Read the Article, Please Click Here
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About PTS Data Center Solutions
Founded in 1998, PTS Data Center Solutions is a premier data center
design firm and turnkey solutions provider, offering a broad range of
project experience, specializing in designing data centers, computer
rooms and technical spaces that integrate "best-of-breed", critical
infrastructure technologies and result in continuously available,
scalable, redundant, fault-tolerant, manageable, and maintainable
mission critical environments.