COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Emerson Network Power has introduced the Avocent Data Center Planner as the newest planning and management software within the Emerson strategic data center infrastructure management (DCIM) portfolio. The company says the software allows a user to holistically manage the physical infrastructure (i.e. power and cooling) of a data center along with computing hardware and software and communications technologies.
“In order to effectively manage the rapidly changing and complex data center environment, IT managers must take a holistic approach,” said Steve Hassell, president, the Avocent business of Emerson Network Power. “Emerson has made a major commitment to addressing the need for DCIM. Emerson’s acquisitions of Aperture in February 2008 and Avocent in December 2009 represent key investments that are enabling us to develop and deliver a robust DCIM strategy.”
According to Emerson, as an evolution to the former Avocent Mergepoint Infrastructure Explorer, the Avocent Data Center Planner benefits include:
* Planning: Users will benefit from a drag-and-drop interface, the ability to view multiple plans from a single screen, and visibility into projects across departments, resulting in increased organization and the ability to view the impact of changes before they occur.
* Visualization: The customizable, user-friendly interface updates graphics as equipment is installed, decommissioned, or moved. The modeling capability also includes a rich device symbol library that includes all pertinent information from manufacturers.
* Inventory: On-demand access to asset information enables the user to easily identify the assets that are in production and those that are on the move, while the single repository frees up resources and improves management efficiency by eliminating the need to conduct labor-intensive audits and update multiple spreadsheets.