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Emerson Network Power Introduces Latest Release of Aperture(tm) Suite for Managing Data Centre Virtual

Enhancements provide ability to identify the cost of virtual data centre processes and manage growth

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximising availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today introduced version 650 of its Aperture Suite, a collection of advanced software for data centre planning, management and performance optimisation. The new offering is the first data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solution to provide tools to control data centre virtual sprawl.

This new version enhances the Aperture Suite portfolio - including Aperture Capacity Manager, Aperture Configuration Manager, Aperture Infrastructure Process Manager, Aperture Integration Manager and Aperture Integrated Resource Manager - by offering new capabilities that help organisations deal with the explosive growth in virtualisation and better manage increased data centre complexity.

The rapid adoption of server virtualisation enables potential reductions in data centre energy consumption, while introducing new management challenges associated with aligning virtual and physical resources. The virtual management capabilities in the latest version of the Aperture Suite increase visibility into the relationship between virtual and physical resources to enable the full benefits of virtualisation to be realised, while mitigating risk.

The new capabilities integrate Aperture Capacity Manager with virtual management systems, such as VMware and Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager, to reconcile virtual processes and physical hosts to prevent infrastructure overloading and identify underutilised resources. Data centre personnel performing routine maintenance or equipment changes have visibility into relationships across the physical and virtual layer to reduce the risk of unplanned downtime, while trending of the virtual estate allows growth to be tracked over time, enabling better planning.

Another new feature in Aperture Capacity Manager allows specific resources within the data centre to be assigned to a particular department, organisational group or function to ensure support for critical services or enable more accurate charge backs.

A new high-level dashboard provides an intuitive snapshot of personnel, power, cooling and space efficiency metrics to provide a quick assessment of data centre performance. Embedded dashboard widgets are configurable for new data sources and can be reused to represent other user-defined key performance indicators. 

“Emerson Network Power continues to be the market leader in DCIM solutions, and this new Aperture Suite release advances the state-of-the-art in DCIM by giving data centre managers the tools to control virtual sprawl and make better spending decisions when it comes to growth,” said Tom Waun, president of global sales, marketing and professional services for Emerson Network Power’s Avocent business. “It also underscores Emerson Network Power’s commitment to this product as part of its path to the Trellis™ platform.”

The Trellis™ platform is a real-time infrastructure optimisation platform that enables the unified management of the data centre’s IT and facilities infrastructure, allowing for unprecedented insight and action to achieve optimal data centre performance.

  • Posted on: 19th March 2012 at 12:00am
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