Emerson collaborates with IBM to optimize data center efficiency

Emerson's Trellis platform will be integrated with IBM's ITSM software to create an integrated DCIM offering

Emerson Network Power is due to combine the capabilities of its Trellis platform with IBM IT service management (ITSM) software to create a new, integrated, data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution which promises to optimize the management of data center resources. According to the company, the solution will deliver increased energy and operational efficiency and improved IT service delivery.

Integrating IBM software with Emersons Trellis platform will provide real-time visibility from IT applications, through infrastructure components, and all the way to the power grid, enabling holistic management of the data center ecosystem, claims Emerson Network Power. This information can be used to improve energy efficiency and space and capacity utilization, enable rapid problem management and resource provisioning, and improve operational efficiency, all of which reduce the risk of downtime and enhance the delivery of IT services, it said.

Industry analyst firm IDC, which has been studying the DCIM market since its inception, believes this integration can deliver customer benefits. The combination of Emersons real-time infrastructure optimization capabilities in the Trellis platform and IBMs suite of enterprise system management capabilities has the potential to help IT and facilities teams deploy a comprehensive data center infrastructure management solution to increase energy and operational efficiency, said Jennifer Koppy, research manager, IDC.

The combined capabilities of Emersons Trellis platform and IBM software will also enable data center managers to understand the true costs of running an application with metrics like watts per workload, calculate its resource demands in real-time, and dynamically provision physical and logical resources to support the application efficiently and cost-effectively.

As part of this collaboration, IBM will resell the Emerson Trellis platform as its DCIM solution.

DCIM is an essential component for businesses that have high quality of service demands for information technologies and need to scale quickly. An estimated $450 million market today, DCIM is expected to grow to $1.7 billion by 2016, according to Gartner.

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