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Data center news in brief: DCIM edition

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) vendors like Schneider Electric, FieldView Solutions and No Limits Software have been busy updating their wares.

Schneider Electric marries DCIM, DCFM
Schneider Electric collapsed several of its infrastructure and facilities management tools under a single product umbrella, called StruxureWare for Data Centers. By combining data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and data center facility management (DCFM), administrators can manage power, cooling, physcical security and remote access from a single tool, the company said. The suite consists of StuxureWare Central, formerly Infrastruxure Central, for monitoring; StruxureWare Power and StuxureWare Cooling, formerly ION Enterprise and Continuum, respectively; and StruxureWare Operations, the DCIM component. The first element that is available is StruxureWare Central v6.3, including a mobile component for iPhone and Blackberry smartphones. Other components of the StruxureWare for Data Centers software suite will be announced later this year.

Drill down into your data center
FieldView Solutions’ new FieldView 4.0 DCIM tool adds new drill-down and reporting capabilities to help data center managers control energy usage across distributed facilities. Among the new features are the Site Metrics Ribbon, which allows users to drill down by country, state, and location and view information such as server heat maps, power loads and diesel fuel generator fuel levels. A critical polling agent allows administrators to select high-priority devices for high-frequency updates, which can now be queried using published APIs or the ODBC standard. Also, the program’s Web-based interface has been redesigned and includes a new analytics and reporting portal.

Asset management software adds reports, enhances dashboard
No Limits Software announced a number of useability and interface improvements for its Rack Management Platform (RaMP) asset management, change control and environmental monitoring software. Version 1.4 includes an enhanced dashboard, several new reports and the ability to roll data into physical or logical groups. It also integrates with other data center management tools and supports an expanded list of blade and storage systems.

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