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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”