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Data Center Optimization with Avocent MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer (AMIE)


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In this presentation 42U and Avocent show how the Avocent AMIE infrastructure software solution can help you optimize your data center.

To view the recorded webinar, which includes a live demo of the software, visit

Summary: Avocent MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer (AMIE) software presents a fresh alternative to familiar tools such as spreadsheets and VISIO diagrams. With real-time visibility, users can model, plan for, and schedule changes to their data center. Coupled with asset management and capacity planning, AMIE takes the guesswork out of data center projects.

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Data Center Optimization with Avocent MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer (AMIE)

  1. 1. Data Center Optimization with AvocentMergePoint Infrastructure Explorer (AMIE)<br />Presenters:<br />Samantha Morgan– COO for 42U<br />Patrick McConaughy– Product Specialist for Avocent<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Overview of Data Center Management Software<br />Today&apos;s Data Center Challenges<br />Features AMIE<br />AMIE Demonstration<br />Benefits of AMIE<br />Special Price Announcement<br />Q&A<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Datacenter Management Software<br />Environmental Monitoring <br />Monitors critical environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and pressure.<br />Power Management <br />Power capacity planning, power efficiency metrics, and power trending at the rack, room, or data center level.<br />Infrastructure Management <br />Modeling, asset and change management, capacity planning, reporting and remote management.<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Today’s Data Center Challenges<br /><ul><li>Cost & complexity of data centermanagement keeps rising
  5. 5. IT staff is not growing withinfrastructure cost
  6. 6. “Green IT” initiatives gaining speed
  7. 7. Over-cooling of the Data Center prevalent everywhere
  8. 8. 54% of Data Centers are currently being redesigned, retrofitted or built new (Avocent –Data Center Issues study)</li></ul>©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />4<br />
  9. 9. <ul><li> Over the next five years power failures and limits on</li></ul>power availability will halt data center operations at<br />more than 90% of all companies <br /><ul><li> By 2011, more than 70 percent of US enterprise</li></ul>data centers will face &apos;significant disruptions&apos; related<br />to energy consumption and floor space <br /><ul><li> Power management and cooling have emerged as</li></ul>a bottleneck and critical element in data center<br />operations and planning <br />Increased densities make power and cooling the<br />number one factor to ensuring satisfactory data<br />center operation <br />The Data Center Power Crisis<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />5<br />
  10. 10. Case in Point<br />AFCOM ran studies at 19 Data Centers and found the following:<br />The Data Centers were over-cooled by an average of 2.6 times<br />40-60% of power consumption was used for cooling<br />Potential savings of 20 – 35%!<br />5 Megawatts Data Center @ 10 cents/KWh <br />Annual power costs = $4, 380,000<br />Optimize power utilization (by modeling power consumption)<br />Selecting appropriate hardware<br />Consolidate underutilized equipment<br />Reduce power consumption by just 20%<br />$876,000 annual savings<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />6<br />
  11. 11. Business Requirements on the Data Center<br />Stretch lifespan of existing Data Centers<br />Right-size infrastructure resources<br />Improve energy efficiency (“Green IT” initiatives)<br /> Lower energy costs<br />Proactively manage Data Center capacity<br />New Data Center builds, consolidation, retrofits<br />Deliver predictable, high quality service<br />Operational improvements, time to provision, 24x7 availability<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />7<br />
  12. 12. Today’s Tools Cannot Meetthe Challenge <br />Multiple Excel<br />Spreadsheets<br />AutoCAD<br />Drawings<br />Individuals<br />Visio<br />Varying <br />Degrees of<br />Completeness<br />Vendor<br />Dependent <br />Monitoring<br />Email &<br />Meetings<br />Manage the Data Center <br />as a Single Entity<br />Databases<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />8<br />
  13. 13. Enter MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />DataCenter Asset Management <br />Capacity Planning<br />Change Management<br />Reporting<br />9<br />
  14. 14. Data Center Planning & Optimization<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />Displays a number of environmental states:<br /><ul><li>Power
  15. 15. Space
  16. 16. Weight
  17. 17. Heat
  18. 18. Connectivity</li></ul>10<br />
  19. 19. Trending reports<br />Plan moves, adds, and changes with precision, not guesswork <br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />11<br />
  20. 20. New Features for 2.2<br />Reservations, Capacity Search & Rack Timelines<br /><ul><li> Fields for Power, Heat, Weight, and even Space
  21. 21. Capacities include the ability to narrow a search by User Defined Properties, or properties that are custom
  22. 22. Add a UDP to a number of assets and then use that as a way to refine a search
  23. 23. Point in time and display the rack changes
  24. 24. Allows navigation to any one point easily using labels
  25. 25. Main view allows user to reserve the racks or turn off reservations</li></ul>©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />12<br />
  26. 26. AMIE DEMO<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />13<br />
  27. 27. Benefits of Using MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />Key Benefits for Your Data Center Needs<br />14<br />
  28. 28. Special Price Announcement<br /><ul><li>Manage 100 racks for $10,000
  29. 29. Offer Includes:
  30. 30. 100-rack license package (MergePoint® Infrastructure Explorer)
  31. 31. One year, Silver level, software upgrade protection
  32. 32. Access for one person to attend two online training classes (MergePoint® Infrastructure Explorer course 360 and 361) for 30 days
  33. 33. For More Details:</li></ul> Call: 1.800.638.2638<br /> Visit:<br />©2009 42U All rights reserved<br />15<br /><br />
  34. 34. Q&A<br />For a copy of today’s presentation please email<br />For additional information on 42U’s products and services, please visit:<br /><br />Speak to your Solutions Consultant Today<br />1.800.638.2638<br />
  35. 35. Dedicated to Improving Data Center Performance<br />Thank You!<br />