Smarter Infrastructure for Datacenters - IBM and Emerson partner on DCIM
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IBM and Emerson just announced a partnership which brings together datacenter facilities management and IT Service Management (ITSM) providing a truly Smarter Infrastructure where all components of the datacenter can now be interlinked and never before was possible. The strengths of Emerson and IBM add a new dimension to the management of datacenter resources. Through a partnership with Emerson, IBM will now resell what has been recently recognized as the top DCIM offering in the industry.
Datacenters consist of computing resources and infrastructure to support those resources. For the compute side there is rack after rack of servers, storage, and networking devices. For the infrastructure there are cooling resources – chillers and air handlers – and there is a significant power distribution network. Every rack needs power and cooling.
How does anyone ever manage the space availability, the location for a given resource, the power needed to run that resource, the cooling needed to keep it operational, and how all this fits together. Well in the past that has typically been a very manual process consisting of bar codes, spreadsheets, and in many cases good luck.
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is the term used to describe the management technology that automates many of the tasks around managing the datacenter hardware and the supporting infrastructure. The Emerson Trellis offering provides a complete DCIM solution, from managing the power distribution and availability, to managing the selection of rack and position in rack, to measuring power consumption and utilization once the resource is operational. As the solution evolves it will include management of the cooling aspects as well.
The Emerson Trellis solution will integrate with the Tivoli IT componentry. For example, as events are generated by the infrastructure components, they will be forwarded to the event management system where they can be correlated with other infrastructure and IT events. These correlated events can be used to automate the generation of trouble tickets, or to potentially drive automated resolution of problems. For those of you familiar with “bridge calls” where members representing each discipline of the datacenter, conference to determine a root cause, the integrated technology will now potentially automate the root cause analysis. By leveraging DCIM and IBM’s ITSM solution set, one now has an end to end view of the datacenter.
The partnership between IBM and Emerson is yet another example of the move to a Smarter Infrastructure, as engineering and operations integrate, and facilities components and IT components share information and leverage a growing analytics capability, providing an efficiency and knowledge level not ever before possible.