CA DCIM 4.0 enables customers to collect power and environmental information from data center facilities and IT systems in order to better, analyze, report, alert and control the data center environment. It helps decision-makers to more effectively understand energy consumption and use, visualize data center space, place and locate data center assets, manage asset lifecycle, perform root-cause analysis and plan capacity.
As a result of these capabilities, customers can reduce costs, improve service levels and respond more quickly to change. CA DCIM 4.0 also enables customers to integrate the management of their data center infrastructure with the management of IT to better meet the needs of the business. These benefits are especially important as organizations need to fulfill rapidly expanding business demands within limited budgets.
“CA DCIM 4.0 provides customers with a comprehensive monitoring and management system which helps bring together IT and facilities to meet the needs of the business more reliably and rapidly, and at lower cost,” said Terrence Clark, general manager, Energy and Sustainability, CA Technologies. “With CA DCIM’s advanced functionality, customers can consistently make better use of power, space and cooling capacity so that they can achieve more with their critical infrastructure.”
CA DCIM 4.0 introduces a variety of enhancements, including:
• Improved IT asset discovery and monitoring for better identification of potentially underutilized equipment;
• Expanded integration gateway functions for improved data capture;
• 3-D visualization of thermal environment for discovering hot spots that indicate inefficiencies and potential threats to critical IT services;
• Simplified analysis, identification and recommendation of available rack space based on multiple factors;
• Integration with CA Executive Insight for Service Assurance; and
• Expanded integration with Cisco EnergyWise.
In addition to integrating with IT management tools such as service desks, change management systems, configuration management databases (CMDBs), workload and virtualization management tools, CA DCIM 4.0 enables customers to leverage facilities management systems such as BMS, power distribution, HVAC, and environmental sensors—unifying them for data center monitoring, troubleshooting, optimization and planning.
UK-based IT services provider Logicalis reports it achieved 159% ROI and an 11-month payback on its use of CA Technologies energy management technology, which is included in the new CA DCIM solution, through a combination of greater efficiency, improved availability, reduced power consumption, and top-line revenue benefits. By improving its operational efficiency, Logicalis was able to provide more competitive offerings—allowing it to capture higher market share.
“Because power is a major factor in the services that we provide, we need complete visibility into our consumption, our costs, our capacity and our efficiency,” said Logicalis CTO Simon Daykin. “CA Technologies DCIM technology is extremely helpful to us in this regard—not only providing us with a huge amount of useful information about our current operations, but also enabling us to better predict how our power consumption and environmental conditions will change in the future.”
In a report recently published by leading IT market research and advisory firm IDC, CA Technologies was named a worldwide MarketScape Leader in Data Center Infrastructure Management.* According to the “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) 2011 Vendor Analysis” report, published in January 2012, CA Technologies performs well in the business capabilities and strategies criteria, and specifically in the areas of growth strategy, innovation and employee management. The report also states that its product is capable of deployment in large-scale organizations and service providers and that it is an easy product to maintain and manage day-to-day. For an excerpt of the report visit, http://bit.ly/N5p0Bm.
*IDC, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) 2011 Vendor Analysis, Doc #232449, January 2012.
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