RackWise Service Stacks Up Nicely

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-11-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Visual Network Design's RackWise 1.0, a multivendor equipment diagramming and assembly management utility, takes the sting out of creating plans to rack-mount network infrastructure equipment.

Visual Network Designs RackWise 1.0, a multivendor equipment diagramming and assembly management utility, takes the sting out of creating plans to rack-mount network infrastructure equipment.

IT managers might start to see diagrams, along with exact instructions about where to place rackable network equipment and how to connect devices, including cable type and length. The service provides details about how much heat the equipment will generate and the expected power it will collectively consume.

RackWise 1.0 is Visual Network Designs first service offering. A one-year subscription costs $2,400. RackWise will be available next month.

During tests, I was easily able to populate an equipment rack by selecting vendors and equipment from pull-down lists in RackWise. The list of vendors and products is comprehensive, and I was able to find all the devices I use in the Labs. If a device is not in the product database, it can usually be added in 24 hours, Visual Network Design officials said.

The company is still filling in some information, such as power consumption and some enclosure measurements, but the diagrams I created were quite accurate and easy to work with—if a little slow to render. However, even at its most pokey, the product responded in only a few seconds.

More information is available at www.rackwise.com.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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