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Emerson Network Power Simplifies Integration of Data Center Infrastructure Management

May 29, 2015

With all of the sizzle around the management of IT applications and services when it comes to data center transformations, sometimes it gets lost in the background that the management of physical assets is equally as critical.  In fact, while the data center infrastructure management (DCIM) part of data center transformations may not be sexy, it is vital and there is no lack of innovation in the space.

An example of DCIM advances comes from Emerson Network Power with the announcement of strategic enhancements to its DCIM solution, the Trellis™ platform. The release features:

  • New RESTful APIs
  • Enhancements to change planning capabilities
  • Wight new base package reports.

Emerson Network Power is touting the updates as providing Trellis platform customers a fully integrated view of their operations across IT and facilities resources. Given the need to be cost-efficient and effective holistically in running a data center and planning for future needs, this visibility when coupled with the controls to assure operational effectiveness across the board is emerging as a major data center operations requirement.

The good news for Trellis customers is the new APIs simplify integration between DCIM and applications running inside customers’ data centers without the need to change the way those data centers operate. In short, no major fork lift is required.  It is noted that the APIs can be used for creating interoperability with other applications (from IT management to accounting systems). In addition, Emerson says, “they can be extended to other platforms such as mobile devices, and creating custom workflows that reflect processes within a customer’s environment.”

 “With the addition of APIs, the Trellis platform’s ability to become a strategic business asset has been greatly enhanced,” said Enzo Greco, vice president and general manager, software, Data Center Solutions, Emerson Network Power. “Full integration of facilities and IT resources makes it simple and efficient for customers to use the Trellis platform every day to make their jobs easier. And, the API is a particularly powerful feature, as it provides a well-defined method for our ecosystem of partners, independent software vendors, and end-users to extend and enhance the value of the Trellis platform.”

“The value of DCIM depends on its ability to aggregate large amounts of real-time data from all areas of the data center,” said Jennifer Koppy, research director, IDC. “APIs that enable the interoperation of functions between many different sources of data and management solutions are essential to a successful DCIM implementation.”

Speaking your language via APIs

The utility of the new APIs within the Trellis platform is going to attract attention. They enable it to speak to apps across an enteprise’s entire operational environment including business management systems, web applications and mobile devices. They allow IT to accurately allocate cost by line-of-business or customer. This facilitates an important aspect of data center transformations, i.e., using operations intelligence as part of a real-time data-driven and analytics-based operational model. Plus as Emerson explains, such capabilities can be used in any data center operating model—enterprise, cloud, lights-out and hyperscale.

The other enhancements are also noteworthy. The change planning capabilities give data center operators the ability to take advantage of the capacity search feature from any point in time which means having better information for capacity planning purposes.  In addition, the eight new reports cover such things as connections, status and power consumption.

Data center transformations are a journey and not a destination and that is the way it must be in an operational environment that is not just undergoing dynamic changes, but one where the speed of changes is accelerating.  It is why data center operators require a holistic view of their physical and virtual capabilities in order to optimize resource allocations and workflows.  

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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