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Raritan's New dcTrack Software Greatly Simplifies and Reduces the Cost of Implementing a Data Center

Posted on December 13, 2010

—dcTrack Virtual Appliance model introduced; Release 2.4 simplifies data center capacity management and lowers operations cost—

SOMERSET, N.J. (December 13, 2010) – Raritan today announced that its award-winning dcTrack™ data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software solution is now available as a VMware®-ready virtual appliance, lowering total cost of ownership by dramatically simplifying installation and saving countless hours for deployment and configuration.  In addition, platform operating system and database licensing costs are eliminated, along with their associated integration costs. 

With a new web-based architecture, combined with a number of new usability enhancements, dcTrack release 2.4 is designed to improve the daily operations of managing change and capacity in the data center and reduce operating costs associated with decentralized and manual tracking of data center assets. 

For data center managers who lack effective tools and processes to manage change and capacity, dcTrack provides easy, point-and-click access to asset information and Visio®-like visualization tools to help improve data center utilization.  Armed with accurate up-to-date information, along with detailed power and Ethernet cable plant management, operators can save valuable time by being able to quickly locate available capacity and determine optimal locations for placement of IT equipment in their data centers. 

dcTrack maintains real-time views and granular details of every asset and their connections across the entire data center—including servers, networking and environmental assets.  It also provides up-to-the-minute views of a data center’s power consumption, heat dissipation, and available floor and cabinet/rack space for efficient capacity management.

“dcTrack provides clarity into data center operations—What you have, where it is, and how it’s connected—in order to support decision making and to avert unplanned interruptions in service,” said James Cerwinski, Manager, Software Products at Raritan.  “It eliminates the complexity of multiple spreadsheets, floor plans and connection diagrams by incorporating all data center information into a single consolidated solution for better correlation and analysis. This makes moves, adds and changes, and capacity management easier, faster and more accurate.  It helps improve data center efficiency and productivity, thereby lowering the cost of data center operations.” 

Enhancements in dcTrack 2.4 software are designed to simplify data center management by delivering easier data imports, LDAP user authentication, and an improved user interface.  dcTrack 2.4 also includes new workflow/audit reports, including: “What Connects to” report that shows all equipment connected to a particular circuit breaker;  Structured Cabling report, and snmpTrack report that can plot rack PDU outlet-level readings.

Availability
dcTrack 2.4 is available starting today.  The upgrade is provided at no charge for customers covered under Raritan software maintenance agreement.  For more details on dcTrack 2.4 capabilities, visit http://www.raritan.com/products/infrastructure-management/dcTrack-data-sheet.pdf

About Raritan (Raritan.com)
Raritan is a proven innovator of power management, infrastructure management, KVM and serial solutions for data centers of all sizes.  In more than 50,000 locations worldwide, Raritan’s award-winning hardware and software solutions—including intelligent PDUs, energy management software, KVM-over-IP and Serial-over-IP access products—provide IT and facility directors, managers and administrators with the control they need to increase power management efficiency, improve data center productivity and enhance branch office operations.  Based in Somerset, N.J., Raritan has offices worldwide serving 76 countries.  For more information, visit Raritan.com.  Raritan is an active member of the Green Grid, Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design associations.  The company has been recognized by the EPA for its contribution to the agency’s data center initiative.  Raritan’s power management solutions have won five key industry awards this year.

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