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December 6, 2010

Nlyte revamps data centre management suite

Firm claims Analytics platform can reduce costs, extend data centre life

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Nlyte Software has unveiled the latest version of its data centre performance management platform. Version 6.0 introduces nlyte Analytics, which features a new dashboard and improves the reporting and predicting capabilities of the suite, the company said.

The dashboard will provide a one stop shop for all information regarding power, cooling and capacity. The firm claims this can reduce operating costs and extend data centre life. The real-time visibility aspect will help companies track how their data centre is performing, nlyte said. The dashboard is also customisable, meaning users can pick and choose which metrics they see on a variety of maps, charts and gauges using a drag-and-drop interface.

As well as the new dashboard capability, nlyte Analytics is made up of two other modules, Report and Predict.

Report features a built-in BI engine that enables users to create, schedule, analyse, manage and distribute reports on data centre performance. A number of standard reports are also included, such as cabinet and data centre capacity utilisation reports, forecast reports, equipment breakdown reports, power and network cabling reports, PDU and power infrastructure reports, service request reports, change reports and inventory reports, nlyte says.

Predict enables companies to forecast and model data centre capacities based on historical data. The company says this gives a much clearer idea of data centre lifespan and minimises the chances of over-provisioning the data centre.

The company also claims the suite can reduce data centre expenses by up to 20% per year and prolong its life by up to five years.

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"If you can measure what’s going on in the data centre," Rob Neave, co-founder and VP of IT and sustainability at nlyte told CBR, "you can get the facts and figures about exactly what is going on there. With the predictive capabilities you can see how much life there is left in the data centre and can possibly hold off buying new equipment."

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