ABB is a $40 billion, publicly traded automation and power technology company headquartered in Switzerland, with capabilities that extend from grid technologies to power distribution and industrial process automation. Introduced in 2012, its DCIM solution (Decathlon for Data Centers) is facilities-oriented; however, ABB partners with IT-oriented DCIM vendors. Their focus is to use its industrial-grade process control technologies to extend DCIM to automate systems and resources.
Software-defined modular data center infrastructure that can be dynamically provisioned based on the needs of your application. Standardized, yet customizable, BASELAYER™Anywhere is IT agnostic and provides you with the flexibility and energy efficiency you need to deliver performance and reduce cost. Connect, collect and analyze all of your mission-critical assets across multiple locations for comprehensive visibility and control BASELAYER OS provides you with a unified operating system so you can visualize and evaluate infrastructure performance – from any device, anywhere, any time.
CommScope is a publicly traded company with revenue of $5.3 billion (pro forma) after completion of its recent acquisition of TE Connectivity’s telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses. It is based in the U.S. and participates in the DCIM market via its 2013 acquisition of iTRACS. Today, iTRACS operates as a stand-alone business within the emerging solutions group in CommScope’s Enterprise business segment, where all of CommScope’s data center solutions reside. The company has recently begun a rebranding effort, dropping the former product name “Converged Physical Infrastructure Management (CPIM)” in favor of simply iTRACS DCIM.
Cormant is a U.S.-based pure-play DCIM vendor that has been delivering infrastructure management tools since 2003. The Cormant-CS suite is configurable, allowing users to create any data attributes required to provide a uniquely customized view of the enterprise IT infrastructure. Cormant-CS uses configurability, network and environmental discovery, and historical data to provide complete visibility of the infrastructure, allowing fast and accurate decisions when planning or making change. Cormant-CS supports multiple locations from a single instance, providing a global view of the enterprise. Current interfaces include ServiceNow, SDE, BMC Remedy, SAP financials and HP Operations Manager.
Device42 is a privately held, U.S.-based company that was founded in 2011. It is a pure-play DCIM vendor with a different business model than any other in the market. The Device42 software is downloadable from the company’s website, and customer support is provided either remotely (via phone, email or an online portal), or via partners. Device42 software is licensed as an annual subscription with pricing tiers based on the number of devices and IP addresses in use. It supports power monitoring, power control and software license management as add-ons.
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Is a global leader in enabling Business-Critical continuity and has combined it’s Aperture management systems division and the newly acquired Avocent business as a new division focused on helping data center customers better manage their infrastructure.
Primary Product: see Aperture and Avocent
FieldView Solutions is a privately held, U.S.-based company that was founded as an independent entity in 2009. It is a pure-play DCIM vendor that focuses on deployments in large data centers, such as banks, colocation/hosting providers, e-commerce companies and government agencies. FieldView’s DCIM offering is made up of a core module (FieldView 2015) and optional additional modules (PowerView, LiveView and DataView).
With its roots in the Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) region, FNT is a founder-run business with more than 20 years’ experience in the data center management field. FNT has built on its German marketplace and expanded out into the North American, Middle Eastern and Asia/Pacific regions over the past few years. Its DCIM product, FNT Command, consists of four modules, all based on FNT’s data model, a repository that links information from the facilities side up the stack to business processes. It is an open platform that is highly integrated and automated. Its DCIM pricing structure is a concurrent user software license model, which is independent of data center size.
Geist is a privately held, U.S.-based supplier of power, cooling and environmental monitoring equipment. It is owned by PCE, a large global manufacturer of plastic products and data center solutions. Geist entered the DCIM market in 2007 with a product called “Environet”, which focused on monitoring and management of power, cooling, security, environmentals, fire and life safety. In 2015, Geist supplemented these capabilities with a new offering called Environet Asset and renamed its original product to Environet Facility to better reflect its focus. The two modules are sold separately but can be operated together with the addition of a connector. A companion product, Racknet, which monitors power strips and environmental sensors for visibility of data center facility white space, is also available.
HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. We explore how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams.
Primary Product: HP Asset Manager Platform – Data Center Infrastructure Module
Modius® is the leading provider of performance management software for real-time facilities infrastructure monitoring. The solution enables IT and facilities to work collaboratively to lower energy costs, expand capacity, and improve availability of IT services. The Modius flagship product OpenData® monitors all power distribution, cooling and environmental sensor equipment from a single console, providing comprehensive operational intelligence for unified performance analysis and metrics.
Primary Product: OpenData
Nlyte Software (formerly Global DataCenter Management) is a leading provider of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions. We offer the most complete, performance-based solution for DCIM, combining next generation software, proven best practices, and unsurpassed expertise in data center management. Nlyte enables intelligent capacity planning resulting in the most efficient use of power, cooling and space through the optimal placement of data center assets.
Primary Product: Data Center Performance Management (DCPM) suite
Incorporated in 1999 and headquartered in the U.S., Optimum Path is a pure-play DCIM software company that is primarily engaged in the development of advanced visualization and infrastructure management technology. Optimum Path sells both direct (mostly to enterprises and colocation providers in North America) and via OEM relationships that expand its reach in the U.S. and international markets. This provider focuses on visualization, multitenancy and ITSM integration via two product offerings: Visual Data Center and Visual Cloud Manager.
Headquartered in the U.S., Panduit has been a provider of infrastructure solutions since 1955. It is a privately held company that started off as an electrical hardware and cabling vendor, but with the launch of SmartZone in 2008 (and a few strategic acquisitions), Panduit has effectively positioned itself in the DCIM provider space. Its data center solutions include both passive and intelligent hardware, a modularized DCIM software tool, and implementation/design services.
Rackwise is a U.S.-based pure-play DCIM provider, established in 2005. The company serves enterprise customers, as well as data center service providers, such as hosting and colocation companies. Rackwise is a small organization that goes to market with its flagship product, Rackwise DCiM X, directly and through partnerships, most notably Unisys. Rackwise continues to focus on raising its brand and product awareness outside of its installed base.
Founded in 1836 and headquartered in France, Schneider Electric has grown to become a $30.1 billion global provider in the energy management and automation segment. Schneider’s flagship DCIM offering, StruxureWare for Data Centers, is a modularized software portfolio that aligns well with its electrical, power and cooling product offerings for data centers. The company positions itself as a solution provider, helping it to generate additional growth.
Sunbird Software (formerly Raritan)
Sunbird Software is a U.S.-based pure-play DCIM provider, formed when Legrand acquired Raritan’s hardware business on 28 September 2015, and the DCIM business was spun off as Sunbird Software. Our analysis was completed before the deal closed and therefore is based on Raritan’s DCIM business (including the company’s forward-looking plans that were in place at that time). The company’s leadership, R&D team, channel and product set (Power IQ DCIM Monitoring and dcTrack DCIM Operations) will remain the same, but as a new, stand-alone entity, it remains to be seen how Sunbird will execute on those plans going forward.
Primary Product: dcTrack