Emerson and IBM Combine Software Capabilities to Optimize Data Center Efficiency and Service Management

Thu Feb 7, 2013 9:00am EST

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IBM IT service management software integrates with Emerson Network Power`s
Trellis platform
COLUMBUS, Ohio--(Business Wire)--
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in
maximizing availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure,
today announced that it will combine the capabilities of its TrellisTM platform
with IBM IT service management (ITSM) software to significantly optimize the
management of data center resources. This integrated data center infrastructure
management (DCIM) solution will deliver increased energy and operational
efficiency and improved IT service delivery. 

DCIM is an essential component for businesses that have high quality of service
demands for information technologies and need to scale quickly. An estimated
$450 million market today, DCIM is expected to grow to $1.7 billion by 2016,
according to industry analyst firm Gartner.*

Emerson customer Brocade is one of many IT-intensive businesses struggling to
solve growth-related infrastructure challenges. The company recognizes the value
of combining DCIM and ITSM capabilities in providing information and metrics to
support the strategic resource allocation and investment required to meet future
needs. "`Do more with less` has become standard operating policy in IT and data
center environments. At the same time, the mix of physical and virtual assets is
growing exponentially," said Valery Sokolov, senior manager, Engineering Lab
Services, Brocade. "Because of these trends, there is a real business case for
tools and applications that will provide the visibility and metrics required to
manage IT resources and facilities provisioning efficiently and productively.
This is where DCIM and ITSM applications become critical to provide the data
required to achieve that goal, as well as to plan and model growth." 

Integrating IBM software with Emerson`s Trellis platform will provide real-time
visibility from IT applications, through infrastructure components, and all the
way to the power grid, enabling holistic management of the data center
ecosystem. This information can be used to improve energy efficiency and space
and capacity utilization, enable rapid problem management and resource
provisioning, and improve operational efficiency, all of which reduce the risk
of downtime and enhance the delivery of IT services. 

Industry analyst firm IDC, which has been studying the DCIM market since its
inception, believes this integration can deliver customer benefits. "The
combination of Emerson`s real-time infrastructure optimization capabilities in
the Trellis platform and IBM`s suite of enterprise system management
capabilities has the potential to help IT and facilities teams deploy a
comprehensive data center infrastructure management solution to increase energy
and operational efficiency," said Jennifer Koppy, research manager, IDC. 

The combined capabilities of Emerson`s Trellis platform and IBM software will
also enable data center managers to understand the true costs of running an
application with metrics like watts per workload, calculate its resource demands
in real-time, and dynamically provision physical and logical resources to
support the application efficiently and cost-effectively. 

"Managing the physical constraints of available space and power in the data
center is becoming a greater challenge for organizations. This, combined with
the increasing demand on the enterprise for reliable and agile IT services,
makes finding a cost-effective solution critical for our customers," said Jamie
Thomas, vice president, Tivoli strategy and development, IBM. "The combination
of Emerson Network Power`s market-leading DCIM solution - the Trellis platform -
along with our solutions for IT service management and systems management, is an
ideal way to meet these customer needs with innovative capabilities." 

Steve Hassell, president of Emerson Network Power`s Avocent business, added:
"Aligning our DCIM capabilities with IBM`s software capabilities enables data
center managers and IT and facilities leaders to see, decide, and act across all
resources. This collaboration with IBM is a strong validation of our DCIM
strategy and the ability of the Trellis platform to improve how data centers are
currently managed and operated. Our collaboration will span engineering,
development, and go-to-market strategies, and we are making significant
investments to realize the full potential of our work together." 

As part of this collaboration, IBM will resell the Emerson Trellis platform as
its DCIM solution. Details of the Trellis platform integration roadmap with IBM
Tivoli software will be available in March at the IBM PULSE 2013 conference. To
register for the event, visit: www.ibm.com/pulse. 

To learn more about Emerson Network Power`s Trellis platform, including the
general availability of Trellis 2.0, please visit

About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, delivers software, hardware, and
services that maximize availability, capacity, and efficiency for data centers
and healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart
infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data
center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and
facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability
regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local
Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network
Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com. 

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in
bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for
customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The
company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial
Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential
Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit

* Gartner Market Trends: Total Addressable DCIM Market Will Reach $1.7 Billion
by 2016, Federico De Silva, Jay Pultz, and April Adams, 27 November 2012

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