The DCIM wars are heating up. Data Center Infrastructure Management player Nlyte has launched a program that targets users of Emerson Aperture DCIM customers migrate (or “trade up” in the company’s parlance) to Nlyte's software. Nlyte clearly wants to peel off some customers from Emerson, which is in the midst of a technology transition to its next-generation Trellis offering.
Nlyte said it has developed the tools and processes required to easily transfer a client’s existing data center asset model from an older Aperture environment to Nlyte’s DCIM. “We took the experience that we gained from converting a number of Aperture installations and packaged it in a fashion that can be replicated quite easily to convert any customer from their present-day Aperture installation to Nlyte,” said Doug Sabella, Nlyte Software president and CEO. The migration of existing asset inventory is offered free, and multiple software licensing options are available.
The company says it has many successful migrations away from first gen DCIM tools under its belt. It is aggressively targeting Aperture customers as it seeks to win customers. The offer highlights growing competition in the DCIM ecosystem.
After acquiring Aperture in 2008 and Avocent in 2009 to boost its management software business, Emerson decided in 2010 to overhaul its offering. The Trellis platform includes some libraries from the earlier software, but has been re-written from scratch atop Oracle Fusion, using the model of a strong central platform surrounded by edge applications. The Trellis approach spans hardware and software, and hopes to span the gap between IT and facilities departments.
In layman’s terms, DCIM tools are made to solve power, space and cooling challenges. They aid in intelligent capacity planning, reduction in time to deploy new assets, extending the life of a data center and improving energy efficiency. The market is still in the early stages, but it has gained significant attention these last couple of years. The bottom line is that the DCIM market is poised for major growth, and here Nlyte is looking to convert customers to their DCIM early.
The company has had a string of news this year, including landing major customer ABB, which embedded nlyte DCIM in its data center suite. Last June Nlyte announced the appointment of Doug Sabella as president and chief executive officer (CEO). The company recently announced plans to license patented elements of its offering to other DCIM providers.