IBM to resell Emerson Trellis platform as its DCIM solution targeting data centers

Infotech Lead America: Emerson Network Power will combine the capabilities of its Trellis platform with IBM IT service management (ITSM) software to optimize the management of data center resources.

Increased energy, operational efficiency and improved IT service delivery are the main benefits of the integration.

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution market is expected to grow to $1.7 billion by 2016 from an estimated $450 million, according to Gartner.

As part of this collaboration, IBM will resell the Emerson Trellis platform as its DCIM solution.

Brocade recognizes the value of combining DCIM and ITSM capabilities in providing information and metrics to support the strategic resource allocation.

Valery Sokolov, senior manager, Engineering Lab Services, Brocade, says there is a business case for tools and applications that will provide the visibility and metrics required to manage IT resources and facilities provisioning efficiently and productively.

Integrating IBM software with Emerson’s Trellis platform will offer real-time visibility from IT applications. This information can be used to improve energy efficiency and space and capacity utilization.

IDC research manager Jennifer Koppy says the new development has the potential to help IT and facilities teams deploy a comprehensive data center infrastructure management solution to increase energy and operational efficiency.

In addition, data center managers can understand the true costs of running an application with metrics like watts per workload, calculate its resource demands in real-time, and dynamically provision physical and logical resources to support the application efficiently and cost-effectively.

IBM VP – Tivoli strategy and development Jamie Thomas says managing the physical constraints of available space and power in the data center is becoming a greater challenge for organizations.

Emerson Network Power’s Avocent business President Steve Hassell says this collaboration with IBM is a strong validation of its DCIM strategy and the ability of the Trellis platform to improve how data centers are currently managed and operated.

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