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Raritan enhances leadership position DCIM with dcTrack 2.6

Posted on February 7, 2012

Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. (07 February 2012) – Raritan today introduced dcTrack® 2.6 DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) software with new intelligent connectivity management capabilities to help data center professionals manage both network and power connections more efficiently.  With better visibility of end-to-end connections of data center infrastructure resources, untapped capacity can be discovered and used—reducing capital and operational expenditures. 

dcTrack’s new modern, easy-to-use web interface for Connectivity Management visualizes power and data network circuits – two key data center infrastructure components.  Circuits are shown end-to-end with all the intermediate nodes, providing detailed information about each node or connection point.  dcTrack’s intuitive circuit builder has the flexibility to model any data network topology going through any number of patch panels without violating connectivity standards.  It also allows the user to model the power path from the data center’s uninterruptable power supply (UPS) going through the power distribution units (PDUs), circuit breakers, rack PDUs, and down to the load – the servers and switches – without allowing power capacities to be exceeded at any node.

dcTrack’s accurate views of available network, power and space capacity helps in deploying equipment, as well as in troubleshooting, because it saves time in pinpointing and selecting resources and infrastructure equipment.  dcTrack, for example, enables customers to build an end-to-end circuit more accurately in less time.  It also helps save millions in capex dollars by finding unused capacity and untapped infrastructure resources in data centers.

“dcTrack helps data center professionals build and manage network and power connections quickly and efficiently, instead of having to rely on tools, such as Excel and Visio, that are not designed to be used as DCIM tools.  It eliminates wasting time physically tracing among the racks how things are connected, each time you want to make a change,” said James Cerwinski, Software Manager at Raritan.  “dcTrack inspires more intelligent use of resources in a data center.  The intelligent management capabilities in dcTrack provide the tools and information to make data centers more efficient with power, cooling, space and connection resources.  This saves our customers considerable amounts of time and money.”

Users can create connections easier, with as few or as many hops as needed.  Connections can be defined with the level of granularity desired by users down to: physical port attributes; logical attributes, such as VLAN; groupings, and color coding. dcTrack can use these definitions for intelligent handling of the circuit creation, whereas other systems only allow users to define connections by manually entering the connection information in static fields.  dcTrack also has the ability to build virtual to physical connections—between virtual ports on virtual machines to physical ports on the physical hosts, and from there to any upstream connections.

dcTrack and Power IQ available in pre-integrated solution
To help dcTrack calculate and track power utilization and capacity anywhere along the power path, dcTrack 2.6 and Raritan’s Power IQ® energy management software are now available as a pre-integrated solution for customers who want to deploy both software products together.  dcTrack leverages Power IQ’s vendor-agnostic power and environmental data collection.  Power IQ finds unused capacity by accurately determining in real time the draw of individual data center equipment.  In many cases, the actual draw is about 50 percent of the wattage or amperage listed on a device’s nameplate.

Additional accurate asset management capabilities are now also available with the use of dcTrack 2.6 and Raritan’s smart asset tracking sensors and tags, which provide real-time tracking of assets within the rack.  When a server is moved or installed in a rack, the electronic asset-tracking solution captures the information and shares it with dcTrack.  By automatically capturing each activity performed at the rack, dcTrack insures that a data center’s change policy is followed – even during an overnight emergency – and that inventory records are always accurate. 

Shands HealthCare manages data center capacity and gains 50 percent in asset tracking efficiency
Raritan’s dcTrack 2.6 solution is helping Shands HealthCare, a premier health system provider in Florida, with capacity planning and asset tracking and management in several of its data centers.  “With dcTrack we have an up-to-minute picture of capacities in all our data centers in terms of power, space, networking and cooling,” says Joseph Keena, Manager of Data Center Operations at Shands HealthCare.  “As a result, we are able to track our data center capacity more accurately and assess our infrastructure needs for the future.” 

The dcTrack solution is also helping Shands HealthCare keep track of IT assets more efficiently.  “Before we deployed dcTrack, it would mean a trip out onto the data center floor to confirm or deny that a server is in a certain location,” says Keena.  “Now, we can just pull up the asset information on the dcTrack screen and see that server X is located in this rack, in this U; or see that it is no longer a physical server, but is now a virtual server.  Accurate asset records have given us a 50 percent gain in efficiency in terms of locating an asset’s physical location within the data centers.”

dcTrack is integrated into Shands’ LANDesk service request process and ticketing system, which creates a seamless workflow process—from ticket creation to data center deployment.  Requests come into the service desk, which then places the request into dcTrack.  Based on space, power and network connectivity information, dcTrack’s powerful intelligent search feature helps pick an optimal location for placing the server. “dcTrack leads us through each step of the process to fulfill a new server request,” says Keena. “Once the IT equipment gets delivered to us, we then go do the physical racking, connecting, labeling—and then come back and close out the request in dcTrack, which notifies LANDesk that the equipment is ready to go.  This process makes it easier to make adds and changes, and improves the accuracy of our asset inventory.” 

In the future, Shands HealthCare also plans to use dcTrack’s ability to track power usage to calculate the PUE (power utilization efficiency) of its data centers.

About dcTrack
dcTrack DCIM software maintains accurate, up-to-the-minute views and granular details of every device, along with end-to-end connections across multiple data centers—including servers, networking and facilities elements.  It also provides real-time views of a data center’s power consumption, heat dissipation, raised floor space and rack elevations.  dcTrack’s simple-to-setup and simple-to-use workflow and change management capabilities support the daily operations of managing data centers and reduce significant costs associated with decentralized and manual processes associated with moves, adds, and changes in the data centers.  dcTrack auto-discovery engine builds and keeps inventory database updated on data center physical assets and other resources, such as energy—eliminating intense, time-consuming efforts of manual inputting information to be tracked.  dcTrack offers pay-as-you-grow pricing based on the number of cabinets in your data center.

dcTrack was featured in the recent IDC MarketScape Report on DCIM.  The report named Raritan a “major player worldwide” in the DCIM space.

For more information on dcTrack software, visit www.raritan.com/connectivity-management.

About Raritan (Raritan.eu)
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 rack PDUs; energy management software; DCIM software solution; 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 customers in 76 countries.  Visit us at Raritan.eu or follow us on the Raritan blog. 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. 

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