Intelligent Commissioning

Generating higher ROI from your data center assets.

At the heart of the iTRACS CPIM® platform is a unique, flexible, and highly automated capability that supports the intelligent commissioning of assets. Our powerful commissioning engine takes all of the defined parameters for an asset and automatically determines a suitable location and all of the appropriate connections for that asset, while providing rapid execution and feedback to prevent incorrect placement of assets.

By leveraging key metrics, statistics, and specifications, such as power, capacity, and space, the CPIM® platform supports rapid change in the data center with automated task planning and work orders. This results in:

  • Optimum utilization of your ever-changing IT assets and building systems
  • Higher ROI as your assets are better aligned with – and generate more value for – the business
  • Quicker, smoother MAC implementations
  • Faster equipment provisioning and better end-to-end management of the data center supply chain

Automated workflows speed time-to-value for commissioned assets.

Let’s say you’re looking for available rack space to consolidate servers. Rather than spending hours walking the floor of your data center looking for space, iTRACS software can do it for you. iTRACS filters the racks by space, power, and network capacity, displaying a colored-coded map of suggested destinations – all automatically. No more site tours or guesswork. Just comprehensive answers from iTRACS about which racks:

  • have available space
  • are unreserved
  • have available kWs
  • have connections to redundant PDUs
  • have available network ports to match the application network profile
  • have access to secondary power sources

Modeling proposed changes and “what if” scenarios.

iTRACS’ intelligent commissioning allows you to model proposed changes, providing a timeline view based upon scheduled work orders. This is supported by our interactive 3D visualization and robust web interface. In addition, modeling proposed future changes and “what if” scenarios – current vs. future states – can be performed without impacting the live environment. You can use the commissioning engine to see the impact of changes before you actually go out and implement them.

These automated planning tools and “what if” scenarios are vital for complex mission-critical initiatives where you can’t afford mistakes or delays, such as energy efficiency, virtualization, and technology refreshes when servers are nearing the end of their leases.

What’s more, all work and processes are tracked and documented, assuring accuracy and accountability for all parties involved in the maintenance and installation of assets.

The bottom line? Commissioning with iTRACS happens faster, more efficiently, with full accountability, and with the confidence of knowing – before you make a single physical change to your infrastructure – that the plan is 100% accurate.

Automated provisioning and supply chain management.

Managing the data center is ultimately about managing hardware and equipment. And Intelligent Commissioning from iTRACS helps you do it faster, easier, and with greater cost efficiency.

Let’s say you’re installing a series of new pre-built, plug-and-play racks for a business unit. With iTRACS, you can “commission once and deploy many” – automatically.

Planning: First, you build an “instance” of the new server configuration – both power and network connectivity – which you can use to commission all servers. iTRACS software then replicates the planning for each server and organizes the complete deployment. The software creates a complete work schedule telling you how many servers you will need, where they should go, and how they should be connected.

The good news? This can all happen before the racks arrive on your dock. So when they do arrive, your team knows exactly what to do.

Deployment: Your team now has precise directions from the iTRACS-generated work orders about what do to with each server. Each work order includes explicit instructions for both power and network connectivity. For power, the work orders graphically explain which power strip outlets to plug the left and right power supplies into, and which slots on the PDU to place the breaker to maintain phase balance. For network, they detail the entire patching scheme for each port on each server. No confusion, no mistakes. Provisioning new equipment has never been easier or more efficient.