DCIM: And the winner is...

iTRACS Wins 2 DCIM Awards - WOW!

“iTRACS demonstrated clear leadership in solution strategy, product capabilities, and business value...”

Steve Brasen, Managing Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates


Optimize capacity and lower costs

The Business Value of DCIM: Optimizing Capacity, Enhancing Availability, and Improving Efficiency

The iTRACS Converged Physical Infrastructure Management® (CPIM®) software suite is transforming the way organizations around the world are managing and optimizing their enterprise infrastructure both inside and beyond the data center. This is the Business Value of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) – available today.

Managing smarter and faster with iTRACS’ complete DCIM Software Suite

Operations Management – Eliminates Surprises

Holistic monitoring of physical ecosystem and devices for day-to-day operational visibility – both IT and facilities

  • Monitor and manage day-to-day operations of data center – baseline DCIM functionality
  • Event management – managing and resolving real-time events

Resource Management – Lowers Energy, Space, and Other Operational Costs

Single source of truth for Resource Consumption, optimizing the efficiency and use of space, power, cooling, and network ports

  • Optimize use of existing resources including space (square footage) – do more with less
  • Real-time energy efficiency minimizing consumption and costs
  • Real-time thermal mapping to avert hot spots and improve cooling efficiencies – an attractive cost-saving alternative to ongoing CFD audits or updates

Asset and Connectivity Management – Reduces Your Asset Costs and Improves IT Performance

Tracking, management, and utilization of assets throughout their entire lifecycles – leasing, commissioning, maintenance, de-commissioning, etc.

  • Maximize utilization and cost efficiency of IT asset portfolio – depreciation, tech refresh, etc.
  • Manage port-to-port network connectivity – all switchports, patches, and panels
  • Minimize IT audit and compliance costs

Change Management – Delivers IT Services Faster and More Efficiently to the Business  

Planning, execution, and verification of infrastructure changes to minimize disruption of service and optimize efficient use of resources.

  • Select the best location for Moves, Adds, and Changes
  • Speed deployments
  • Predict impact on resources and service levels for each planned change

Availability and Resilience Management – Because You Can’t Afford Downtime

Identification and resolution of technology and process issues that could compromise SLAs, or worse, impact uptime

  • Optimize delivery of service to the Business by identifying and resolving issues before they become problems
  • Find and mitigate sources of risk – single points of failure, etc. (predictive modeling) – reduce risks associated with expansion and/or tech refreshes, etc.

Capacity Planning and Demand Management – Defers CapEx, Helps You Potentially Save Millions on Your Next Build-Out

Forecasting, planning, and allocation of power, space and other resources over Time; tracking growth of IT portfolio and resource utilization; identifying future point when new data center investments will be required

  • Measure actual vs. projected growth rates and align CAPEX to it so you’re expanding neither too early nor too late
  • Delay, defer, and/or eliminate CAPEX wherever possible
  • Maximize business
  • Reservations – utilize reservations to “hold” resources for planned changes, improving ability to predict infrastructure growth

The award-winning iTRACS CPIM platform supports holistic management of the entire physical ecosystem – IT, Facilities, and Building Management Systems – with a dynamic understanding of the complex interconnectivity that lies at the heart of enterprise infrastructure. It intuitively understands how a move, add, change, removal, or failure of a single device in the ecosystem affects the performance of all other devices and conditions in the environment. The platform allows users to see, understand, manage, and optimize these dynamics continuously in a real-time visualized 3D environment to serve the needs of the Business.

The bottom line? iTRACS CPIM helps infrastructure executives directly support the goals of the organization and drive a new level of operational and business value from the infrastructure investment, turning the physical layer into a true performance-based resource:
  • Improves your operational efficiency – helps you get more out of your IT assets than previously achievable so they can do more for your business.
  • Delays and/or eliminates the need for capital expenditures – why build a new data center when you don’t have to? Customers around the world are using iTRACS to proactively find and leverage more capacity within their existing footprints. So can you.
  • Reduces your day-to-day operational expenses, helping you contain costs at every turn. iTRACS can drive quantifiable cost savings based on a smarter use of power, cooling, space, staffing, and other resources. Check out the IDC Market Spotlight research paper on Monetizing DCIM.
  • Helps you unleash the true potential of IT to create competitive advantage for your Business – why else are your physical assets there?

iTRACS CPIM provides an open, holistic management platform that lets you manage the entirety of your physical infrastructure, in real or near-real time, giving you total “command and control” over the complex interrelationships at the heart of your physical ecosystem. All assets are visualized, understood, and managed as One.

Intuitive user experience, with more performance and functionality at your fingertips

Anytime, Anywhere DCIM:

An intuitive DCIM browser, accompanied by a new iPad® user interface, provide iTRACS users with a level of convenience, dexterity, and mobility previously unachievable in the DCIM world.

CPIM Browser Interface
CPIM® Browser and CPIM® Mobile (iPad app) are two great complements to our popular CPIM® Windows Workstation “power user” interface.  Your teams can use all three interfaces, in any combination they prefer, to work faster and smarter.

More information for smarter decision-making, thanks to integrations with VMware, RF Code, HP, Melrok, Automated Logic and more:

Powerful integrations with VMware, RF Code, and HP Systems Insight Manager – leveraging the DCIM Open Exchange Framework™ – put more information at your fingertips than ever before, for deeper and more effective decision-making in the management of physical infrastructure. These integrations demonstrate the efficacy of the DCIM Open Exchange Framework™ in allowing outside data, systems, and workflows to share information with iTRACS, seamlessly and bi-directionally:

  • Integration with VMware allows iTRACS CPIM users to gain visibility into which virtual machines (VMs) are associated with which servers, as well as to collect power consumption by VMs. This creates opportunities for energy and space efficiencies in how virtualization is deployed.
  • Integration with RF Code allows iTRACS CPIM users to collect, manage, and analyze asset location, as well as track environmental information (temperature and humidity) captured with RF Code’s RFID sensors. By leveraging this real-time data, users can improve capacity planning, diagnostics, and other key infrastructure management capabilities with expanded visibility into and management over the entire asset portfolio.
  • Integration with HP Systems Insight Manager offers advanced asset discovery and operational data collection capabilities, empowering you to better understand, manage, and improve the energy usage and efficiency of your assets. It offers a “single pane” view to bring together multiple vendor data sets in iTRACS’ seamless management interface.

myDCIM® role-based user experience:

iTRACS CPIM lays the foundation for a new, personalized, role-based user experience called myDCIM. This customizable user experience supports roles including manager, operations, planner, technician, and more – ideal for both enterprise and multi-tenant colocation environments. With the myDCIM user experience, iTRACS puts the information each user needs at their fingertips with role-based security that protects the infrastructure and the business.

iTRACS: The Five Pillars

Our award-winning DCIM portfolio is built upon five “pillars of excellence” where iTRACS has leveraged our unique understanding of the data center to create unparalleled business value for our customers. We believe these five pillars are essential in any true enterprise-class DCIM solution, and we urge you to explore their relevance in any vendor discussions you may have: Interconnectivity, Visualization, Open Systems, Deployment Methodology, and Value-Based Pricing.

1.  Interconnectivity: An intuitive understanding of how every asset impacts every other asset in the complex web of interrelationships and interdependencies that lies at the heart of physical infrastructure. This understanding of interconnectivity is essential to successfully managing the physical ecosystem.

2.  Visualization: The ability to visualize this complex interconnectivity in a navigable “point and click” model that makes it instantly understandable, meaningful, and actionable as holistic insight – not fragmented data sets. With its interactive 3D visualization, iTRACS offers unparalleled holistic clarity that eliminates misunderstandings or misinterpretations as to what is happening:

  • How all of the physical infrastructure in your data center fits together
  • Their interdependencies – how a change in one asset ripples across the data center with impacts not just in technology, but in people and processes
  • The relationships between your assets (physical layer) and your applications (logical layer)

3.  Open Systems-Management Platform – An open, extensible foundation that lets you manage and optimize this interconnected environment by connecting to anyone and everyone in an heterogeneous DCIM ecosystem (no vendor lock or hardware-related constraints). Supports best-of-breed capabilities from multiple vendors while maintaining holistic command and control over the physical ecosystem.

4.  Deployment Methodology – A rigorous, proven implementation methodology that mitigates risk, contains costs, delivers early wins, and ensures continuous value delivered to the customer based on his/her stated goals and KPIs. This is the heart of the iTRACS Customer Value Lifecycle™ and it is accompanied with predictable, transparent pricing you can count on (no ugly surprises).

5.  Value-Based Pricing – Let’s put all of the myths and hype about how “expensive” iTRACS is to rest. Here are the facts: iTRACS CPIM is quantifiably less expensive that the average DCIM deployment. In fact we delivery significantly more performance and functionality without expensive add-ons or extra modules. Put us to the test. Price us and see for yourself.