Raritan has introduced a major release of its DCIM Software that includes a new highly interactive Data Center Map, a bidirectional workflow engine, and other new automated capabilities to make data centers easier to manage, healthier and resource efficient.

Raritan's DCIM Software's new interactive Data Center Map delivers a single window into capacity resources, such as space, power, cooling weight, network ports and power connections. The map's easy-to-understand red, yellow and green indicators show data center capacities and health. A new inspector widget provides details of budgeted capacities and real-time measured utilization and enables users to drill down quickly for trend analysis and information correlation.

Additionally, the solution's automated alerts and reports help warn data center operators of potential capacity and health issues, such as exceeding power capacity threshold, loss of redundancy and hot spot formation.

"IDC's recent research and interviews with data center customers show that interest in DCIM is growing among data centers of all sizes, and we are seeing a higher adoption rate of DCIM solutions this year," said Jennifer Koppy, research manager at IDC. "DCIM solutions — such as Raritan's solution — help organizations do more with their data center resources by providing operations insight and automating key manual tasks so that work is done quickly and accurately. Not only do DCIM solutions gather, analyze and provide real-time useful information on a data center's infrastructure, they reduce the risk of downtime by warning of potential issues before they become major problems."

Raritan's new DCIM release automates a number of processes in order to improve workflow performance and to optimize data center resources and uptime:

  • New Bidirectional Workflow Engine further automates the change management process involved when equipment is added or moved from a cabinet. It provides tighter integration between Raritan DCIM and ITMS solutions, such as BMC and ServiceNow, to support the workflows involved in change and trouble-report tickets.
  • Enhanced Analytics and New Automated Reports. New capabilities generate and distribute automatically key data center reports, such as energy bill-back reports by customer, reports identifying ghost and power-hog servers, and monthly peak power reports. Users can quickly build custom, formatted reports using auto-create, -schedule, and -email distribution functions.
  • Quick Move. Select and quickly move assets to desired location with support from Intelligent Capacity Search feature that recommends ideal asset placement locations based on how much space, power, cooling and connectivity is in a cabinet. With Quick Move all disconnect and reconnect change requests are automatically validated and issued to ensure a successful move. The DCIM system captures all requests and work orders in an audit log.
  • Automatic Alert Notifications of Cabinet-Level Events. The new DCIM release expands threshold violation alerts to the cabinet-monitoring layer. It warns of cabinet threshold violations, such as capacity levels.

The DCIM Software also supports Rack Transfer Switches, including Raritan's new switch that has one of the fastest load transfer times in the industry.

"The new visualization and automation features in Raritan's DCIM solution help advance data center capacity management and uptime," said James Cerwinski, director of software solutions at Raritan. "We continue to deliver to our customers tools that provide the information they want, when they want it and how they want it in order to make managing the data center efficient and to squeeze more efficiency from resources."

Raritan's DCIM software has a simple pay-as-you-grow pricing structure based on the number of data center cabinets. The solution’s easy-to-use import wizard, auto discovery, rich visualization, specialized analytics and automated reporting capabilities are all designed to support easy deployment of the solution and to enable data center professionals to get answers to their questions quickly.