Vertiv Launches New-Gen Intelligent Platform for Data Centers

NEW PRODUCT NEWS: Management package delivers data, insights and control through Vertiv Intelligence app and online portal.


Vertiv, known as Emerson Network Power until a few years ago, is now joining a list of major IT providers in putting a new intelligent data management platform for running infrastructure into the market.

It’s quite a pool to be joining. Waiting in the weeds are competitors such as Dell EMC, HPE, Komprise, Thomson Reuters, Informatica, OpenText, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft—we could go on.

Many companies in the business offer some kind of “intelligent” data platform. This is good, however, because there are plenty of solutions needed and there’s a lot of room for companies to compete--both in software and in infrastructure.

The news here is that Columbus, Ohio-based Vertiv on Nov. 5 introduced what it describes as a scalable, cloud-based management platform that brings "advanced visibility, analytics and control" to complex IT infrastructure, including large enterprise and hyperscale facilities and those at the edge of the network.

Vertiv Intelligence (vIntelligence) aims to offer holistic, customer-directed visibility and control of the entire infrastructure through an intuitive app and online portal. It is available in the United States today and will become available globally in 2019, the company said.

Vertiv Intelligence uses IoT and cloud-based technologies to collect, analyze and act on mountains of data generated by critical infrastructure systems across a network, including uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power distribution units (PDUs), environmental sensors and thermal management equipment.

It distills that data and applies insights gleaned from IT deployments around the globe, virtually in real time, to overcome information overload and turn data into actionable knowledge. That knowledge can be used to optimize both performance and services across the network and throughout the lifecycle of the equipment, enabling machine learning and artificial intelligence capable of transforming the data center, the company said.

Vertiv Intelligence is the foundation for a portfolio of Vertiv software, hardware and services. The Vertiv Intelligence platform connects all Vertiv and third-party equipment, delivering visibility and control to optimize the performance of any critical infrastructure.

The vIntelligence app and online portal act as the interface for the Vertiv Intelligence platform, providing a centralized view of relevant data, alarms and alerts generated across the critical infrastructure. With the vIntelligence app and portal, users receive recommendations and notifications based on accumulated data and best practices. With that knowledge, they can activate responses remotely or set up automated responses to certain notifications, tailoring the output to meet the specific needs of the organization.

The entry-level offering provides advanced monitoring and control, with available upgrades to add enhanced management and optimization capabilities and predictive intelligence. Secure gateways across the network safely manage communication between equipment and user. The Vertiv RDU 301 is the first cloud-connected secure gateway from Vertiv fully equipped to enable Vertiv Intelligence, the company said.

Vertiv employs around 20,000 people and does business in more than 130 countries.

For more information on Vertiv Intelligence and other data center solutions from Vertiv, go here.

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