Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, has been recognized as a dominant supplier in data center infrastructure management (DCIM) by Forrester Research Inc., an independent research firm that provides pragmatic and forward-thinking advice to global leaders in business and technology.

Forrester’s March 2012: “Market Overview: Data Center Infrastructure Management Solutions,” report identifies Emerson Network Power as one of two companies that dominates the DCIM supplier landscape within the data center facility and infrastructure market as it exists today. The report highlights Emerson Network Power’s Trellis platform, a real-time infrastructure optimization platform that enables the unified management of data center IT and facilities infrastructure.

The report also identifies Emerson Network Power as a traditional power and cooling system vendor that has tight integration with the infrastructure side of the data center and offers very high-capacity data collection capabilities. The report also points out that only a few vendors, including Emerson Network Power, offer any kind of network capacity planning capabilities beyond simple inventories of ports.

“Forrester believes that Emerson Network Power is currently one of the dominant suppliers in the DCIM market as it exists today,” wrote report author Richard Fichera, vice president and principal analyst of Forrester Research, Inc. “Key infrastructure vendors that infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals should consider include Emerson’s Trellis platform, a new real-time infrastructure optimization platform that enables the unified management of the data center’s IT and facilities infrastructure.”

The core component of the Emerson Network Power Trellis platform is the Avocent Universal Management Gateway, a family of unique data center appliances developed to integrate remote management, service processor management and real-time data center infrastructure monitoring and event processing into a single device. The appliance frees up rack space and reduces complexity by consolidating multiple devices into a single solution that delivers the real-time data required to optimize data center efficiency and agility. The Trellis platform software can manage capacity, track inventory, plan changes, visualize configurations, analyze and calculate energy usage, and optimize cooling/power equipment and deliver enablement for virtualization.

“Our strategy is to deliver a DCIM solution that breaks down organizational silos and enables real-time infrastructure optimization,” said Steve Hassell, president of Emerson Network Power’s Avocent business. “The Trellis platform makes that vision a reality and it is gratifying to see our strategy and vision recognized by the experts at Forrester.”