Emerson Launches Aperture Data Center Optimization Suite

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-09 Print this article Print

Emerson Network Power claims that its Aperture Integrated Resource Manager, a result of Emerson's acquisition of Aperture in February 2008, is the industry's first data center optimization software that doesn't require a new server to run it.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Emerson Network Power, which once specialized in power supplies but has been expanding into a range of other data center-related products, on March 9 launched a data center management package that combines all facility resources yet requires no new servers to run.

The company made the announcement at AFCOM's Data Center World conference here at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. It's a well-attended conference this year; more than 800 data center managers, vendor representatives, end users and analysts are present-up 200 or so from 2009.

Emerson claims that its new Aperture IRM (Integrated Resource Manager), which is a result of Emerson's acquisition of Aperture in February 2008, is the industry's first data center optimization software that doesn't require a new server to run it.

Users can simply install the package on one of their existing machines while Aperture service personnel take care of the rest of the deployment.

"This is designed to extend the life of existing infrastructure resources while improving overall efficiency in the data center," Aperture Product Marketing Manager Traci Yarbrough told eWEEK. "Over time, if used correctly, the IRM can deliver cost savings in the millions of dollars by enabling organizations to delay new data center builds, increase rack densities, better utilize existing resources and improve staff efficiency."

IRM's key features, according to Yarbrough, are:

-Aggregating real-time data from infrastructure monitoring and building management systems into a single presentation to gain full insight into data center operations;
-Delaying data center builds by fitting more equipment into existing racks and safely deploying higher rack densities to take advantage of energy savings associated with high density architectures;
-Setting the algorithms for analyzing and applying monitored data into business intelligence for use in data center planning and meeting service levels in their organization;
-Utilizing power and cooling resources closer to their full capacities without threatening availability, fully leveraging existing assets and delaying capital expenditures; and
-Significantly reducing the manual effort of collecting, aggregating and reporting real-time data from disparate systems, improving staff efficiency, saving time and money.

"Our customers have told us that in the wake of the recent downturn there is a new paradigm for efficiently managing data centers," said Thomas Waun, president of Emerson's Aperture business. "Improving overall efficiency is the new imperative in business and in the data center. This [IRM] will provide significant cost savings through holistic management of energy consumption, capital resources and process efficiency."

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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