Emerson Network Power has released an application designed to free datacenter managers from the shackles of their own offices – by allowing them to run DCIM-enabled datacenters from smartphones at the beach rather than workstations at the office.
The newest version of Emerson’s Trellis Power System Manager– a suite of Datacenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) apps designed to give customers a view of all Emerson hardware from a single console – got an update Sept. 5 that includes better visualization and more mobility.
The desktop version of the system includes a mapping function that allows it to display the power chain from the power grid all the way to a specific rack of servers in a single diagram, according to Emerson. That function is designed to make it simpler for datacenter managers to both document the layout of their hardware and power systems, and to troubleshoot them when something goes wrong.
Without the ability to figure out quickly which racks connect to which UPSs, backup batteries or power outlets, the amount of time it takes staffers to trace power connections to identify which systems will be affected by a power outage or UPS upgrade is far longer, according to Emerson.
The new version of the suite (PDF data sheet) also collects real-time usage data in a more convenient format, allowing the same staffers to document connections and layouts ahead of time, as well as to forecast energy consumption, hot spots from areas of intense energy use, and avoid surges or failures due to unbalanced or overloaded distribution grids.
The Trellis Mobile Suite is the big difference, however. The mobile version of Emerson’s DCIM software is designed to run on mobile devices such as smartphones as well as laptops, and to link to a portal connecting directly into the Trellis application suite.
The mobile client is too lightweight to handle much in the way of configuration or management on its own, but has no problem displaying data gathered on servers and published through the access portal, which also allows it to send remote commands to both verify specific conditions or reconfigure Emerson systems from anywhere the mobile device can get an IP connection.
The mobile suite also includes barcode-reading capabilities and image-recognition that allow datacenter managers who are mobile only within the datacenter to identify hardware quickly, find, add, move, reconfigure or note for systems audits the location and condition of specific machines without having to go type the data in themselves, according to Emerson.
But the Emerson Network Power Trellis Mobile Suite app runs only on iOS for the iPad.
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