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Physical Infrastructure Manager by Panduit in scope of Unite Technologies acquisition

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Recent acquisition (22 August 2012) of energy, power and environmental management solutions provider, Unite Technologies, by Panduit, accidentally led me to the very interesting presentation of Panduit's PIM – Physical Infrastructure Manager. Well, we all know how hot is data center convergence subject, including all kinds of DCIM systems, so there is a good occasion to see what PIM can offer.


As we can read in official announcement:

[…]
Unite Technologies' expertise complements Panduit innovation in the infrastructure management space and expands Panduit Unified Physical Infrastructure based solutions for the enterprise and the data center environment. The acquisition will bring an end-to-end physical to logical view and unmatched management of the physical infrastructure to Panduit and Unite Technologies' customers.
[…]

No one can doubt today – convergence of data center infrastructure is not a trend on the market, this is more like an obvious consequence of the real requirements. To handle the resources more effectively (this means better financial control in the end of the day), one can have an opportunity to manage from end-to-end, from physical to logical layer of the IT infrastructure. We now know that critical IT resources are not only related to network capacity, higher and higher bitrates available (counted in bits per second), it's not only about CPU power (gigahertzes and cores duel), mass storage capacity growth (petabytes and more), but it's also about consumed energy costs (kilowatts, megawatts per day, week, month, year etc.), cooling systems limitations and optimal tuning (allowed temperatures and humidity). At the very end it's all about operational safety and security with the direct impact on the financial results. Therefore, nobody doubts if we really need holistic, centralized approach to the data center and IT infrastructure management – there are more concerns on how to support this concept, which tools should be used and what will be the impact on organizational processes. Hence, we try to explore the market as far as possible – today, we will watch the presentation of PIM, Physical Infrastructure Manager, by Panduit. As it is stated in the acquisition note:

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Combined with the Unite Technologies 6 Zone Data Center and Energy Management offering, Panduit solutions provide:

  • Centralized tracking of IT infrastructure assets on a single platform
  • Power consumption and energy management and reporting
  • Proactive capacity trend analysis and insights into capacity limitations and stranded capacity
  • Access control, security and environmental monitoring
  • Process documentation of IT assets, moves, adds, and changes
  • Visibility of under-utilized assets and resources and unauthorized patch field changes
  • Root cause analysis of physical network problems
  • Interoperability and integration with leading network, storage and power systems

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So, the scope of functionality is quite typical for any other, more serious, DCIM offers on the market. What is characteristic for PIM is the merge of hardware based solutions with dedicated software. Also, a focus on network availability and security cannot be unseen. On the other hand, there is a lack of information on power consumption and environmental parameters monitoring in the official Panduit PIM video – who knows, maybe now after the acquisition it is going to be changed? Now, the presentation of PIM:



Physical Infrastructure Manager, PIM, by Panduit as presented on the YouTube by official PanduitVideos channel


Is it a good solution? We will not answer – such answers have to be the result of one's personal requirements definition, evaluation and analysis. We can only add Panduit's PIM to the set of the options we can consider. More information can be found on Panduit's PIM dedicated webpage, here.

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