Emerson, Oracle Team Up for New Data Center Platform

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-10-03 Print this article Print

Trellis, expected to become available early in 2012, is an open architecture-based data center infrastructure management (DCIM) package with real-time event-analysis capabilities across all physical and logical systems in the data center.

SAN FRANCISCO - Emerson Network Power, which is developing a new data center control package called Trellis, revealed Oct. 3 at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 that its base platform will be Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Trellis, expected to become available early in 2012, is an open architecture-based data center infrastructure management (DCIM) package with real-time event-analysis capabilities across all physical and logical systems in the data center, Emerson said. It is being tested on a selected-customer basis at this time.

By providing detailed insight into data centers-including their power distribution, backup generators and cooling systems-Trellis can enable better decision making for IT managers in order to increase data center efficiency and storage capacity, Steve Hassell, president of Emerson Network Power's Avocent software business, told eWEEK.

Trellis is the result of Emerson Network Power's work in data center systems, software and services and Oracle Fusion Middleware's Application Integration Architecture and components, Hassell said.

Oracle's Java-based Fusion Middleware enables the open-source Java runtime to power the many applications and systems managed by the Trellis platform. It also provides the necessary scalability to handle the huge amounts of data that must be consolidated and analyzed to provide real-time visibility and control, Hassell said.

"The challenge data center managers face is that current-generation systems do not have the ability to understand what is happening in the complex critical infrastructure and why," Hassell said. "Our experience in servers, power, cooling, infrastructure management software, combined with the power of Oracle Fusion Middleware, has enabled us to create what we think is a game-changing data center management platform."

Emerson Network Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, makes components for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. The global company also provides AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity.


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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