IBM has combined its IT service management (ITSM) software with Emerson Network Power’s Trellis platform to provide users with improved datacentre energy efficiency. As part of the collaboration, IBM will resell Trellis as its DCIM tool.
Datacentre infrastructure management (DCIM) comprises tools that combine functions such as datacentre design, asset discovery and management, capacity planning and energy management to help IT executives optimise datacentre resources and energy efficiency.
DCIM incorporates datacentre facilities management (FM) and IT functions.
DCIM tools provide real-time information about the IT applications, resource and energy use. Datacentre managers can use this information to improve IT’s energy efficiency and space and capacity utilisation to minimise downtime.
The IBM-Emerson’s combined DCIM tool will enable “holistic management of the datacentre ecosystem,” according to Emerson.
The combination has the potential to help IT and facilities teams deploy a tool to increase energy and operational efficiency,” said Jennifer Koppy, research manager, IDC.
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According to analyst company Gartner, the DCIM market will grow from $450m today to $1.7bn by 2016.
“‘Do more with less’ has become standard operating policy in IT and datacentre environments,” said Valery Sokolov, senior manager of Engineering Lab Services at Brocade, a customer of Emerson. “At the same time, the mix of physical and virtual assets within the datacentre is growing exponentially.”
This means there is a real business case for tools and applications that will provide the visibility and metrics required to manage IT resources and facilities provisioning efficiently and productively, Sokolov said.
“This is where DCIM and ITSM applications become critical to provide the data required to achieve that goal, as well as to plan and model growth,” Sokolov said.
IBM and Emerson will release details of the integration roadmap in March.
“Managing the physical constraints of available space and power in the datacentre is becoming a greater challenge for organisations. This, combined with the increasing demand on the enterprise for reliable and agile IT services, makes finding a cost-effective solution critical,” said Jamie Thomas, vice-president, Tivoli strategy and development, IBM.