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Schneider Electric and Start up Nlyte Named in Gartner Magic Quadrant for DCIM

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Gartner has released its first Magic Quadrant (MQ) report on Data Center Infrastructure Management, laying out the market and positions for several DCIM providers across the four quadrants of leaders, challengers, visionaries and niche players.

The four companies in the Leaders Quadrant – those proven to be leaders in technology and capable of executing well — are Schneider Electric, Emerson Network Power, CA Technologies and Nlyte Software. All but Nlyte are major vendors that offer several other products and services outside of DCIM, putting Nlyte, a San Mateo, California-based startup, in company of heavy-weights.

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Until now there has been a lot of interest in DCIM, this report will help users to understand  provider’s strengths and failings. The report adds some clarity to the market, analysing strengths and weaknesses for 17 players.

The DCIM market can be described as tools that monitor, measure, manage and control data center resources and energy consumption of IT and facility components. The market research house forecasts that by 2017 DCIM tools will be deployed in more than 60 percent of larger data center in North America.

Providers often offer different pieces of the overall infrastructure management picture and use different and complicated pricing models. All vendors in the MQ must offer a portfolio of IT-related and facilities infrastructure components rather than one specific component. All included vendors must enable monitoring down to the rack level at minimum. Building management systems are not included.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, takes the lead position as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for its StruxureWare™ , Data Centers software suite. 

As a widely-recognized source for competitive comparisons in the information technology industry, Gartner Magic Quadrant reports offer in-depth analyses and visual summaries of the direction and maturity of markets and key vendors. This is the first Magic Quadrant released for DCIM.

“We believe Gartner’s establishment of a Magic Quadrant in DCIM reflects the increasing maturity of this market as well as the need for buyer clarity. As our world grows increasingly digital, data centers become the lifeline to mission critical information and services – catapulting the need for DCIM tools to ensure efficiency and uptime,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Vice President, Solution Software, Schneider Electric. “We feel being designated a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant affirms our ability to help data center owners manage these increased needs and make strategic decisions around energy usage, business needs, shifts in technology and resource optimization based on real-time analytics.”   

Gartner’s extensive review process, which took over eight months, included a review of current product features, product roadmap and strategy, pricing models and customer interviews. Schneider Electric is positioned furthest for Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Schneider Electric believes this position is a result of the breadth of capabilities of its StruxureWare for Data Centers solution, which enables the management of power, cooling, security and energy usage of IT systems, as well as its ability to bridge the gap between IT and facility management.

Schneider Electric continues to innovate its StruxureWare for Data Centers solution:

•             Earlier this year Schneider Electric announced a partnership with Vigilent for Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize, an add-on module to enable the automatic self-correction of issues with temperature air flow, providing managers with improved control over operations.

•             Also this year Schneider Electric integrated StruxureWare for Data Centers with HP’s Universal Configuration Management Database, enabling increased communication between IT Service Management (ITSM) and DCIM platforms – allowing for an overall more cohesive management of data center assets.

•             Schneider Electric recently released StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.4, which reduces capital and operational expenses by freeing up power capacity, right-sizing physical infrastructure and integrating with existing DCIM systems. A key benefit also includes the ability to optimize colocation management, a growing need as the cloud and colocation market continues to expand at lightening speeds.   

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers suite enables maximum efficiency throughout the data center life cycle, from design and build to operation, assessment and planning. For more information, visit the Schneider Electric website.