Emerson Offers Avocent Data Center Planner

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Avocent Data Center Planner provides data center managers with complete information about where their devices and equipment are located.

Emerson Network Power, a business unit of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) specializing in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, introduced the next generation of Avocent Data Center Planner, a software solution that helps enable data center managers to make informed decisions for the planning and effective management of their data center assets and physical infrastructure. The latest release of the Avocent Data Center Planner is a component of Emerson Network Power’s portfolio of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) capabilities.

Avocent Data Center Planner provides data center managers with complete information about where their devices and equipment are located, their current capacities and projected growth. This visibility enables data center managers to effectively implement and manage their consolidation, virtualization and energy efficiency initiatives. The latest version of Avocent Data Center Planner enhances the product’s ease of use and simplicity while delivering improved power management, visualization and manageability capabilities.

It also provides the ability to gauge "real-world" power usage and to more precisely manage capacity, extend the life of the data center infrastructure and anticipate issues that need to be resolved before an incident occurs. Configured to communicate with other industry products, the next-generation management software will provide out-of-the-box support for Avocent PDUs, Liebert PDUs, Avocent DSView 4 and Liebert SiteScan Web.

Avocent also provides end-to-end connection visualization, which will allow data center managers to capture and view the most realistic, current-state view of the data center. Additionally, when considering a move, consolidation or replacement, the connection data allows dynamic planning and faster approval of proposed changes. Other features include zone management, which provides flexibility and control for administers to operate co-location/cloud environments, and Spanish language support, which augments the support for Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian and French in v3.2.

"The ad-hoc data center management tools that were effective in the past are increasingly difficult to maintain in today’s complex environment," explained Traci Yarbrough, director of product marketing for Emerson Network Power data center solutions. "Avocent Data Center Planner is an effective alternative to legacy management tools because it provides all of the detailed information that is required to efficiently plan and manage the physical infrastructure in one dynamic graphical interface. Customers realize an immediate return on investment because they no longer need to consult multiple point products to make decisions and plan changes. It also builds on our promise of delivering a simple and easy to use DCIM capability."