ABB Releases Latest Version of DCIM Solution Decathlon

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ABB Decathlon Version 3 has been rolled out. This version of ABB’s data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system provides the ability to integrate third-party solutions and manage data completely on-premise or in a secure cloud. Decathlon is designed and built for highly secure, mission critical environments.

The big thing in DCIM right now is attempting to eliminate the barriers between the facility and IT departments, and Version 3 does this by making it possible to work from a single data set and single operational environment.

With this version, both sides of the data center–facilities and IT professionals–can use their preferred tools while it enables deeper collaboration. ABB is taking the “home base” approach, allowing customers to add the best of breed where it needs to. For example, Decathlon integrates asset management by Nlyte Software, which optimizes space, power and cooling capacity through intelligent placement of IT assets.

“Our customers are free to add preferred applications, such as Computerized Maintenance Management Systems or work-order ticketing systems, from ABB or a third party,” said Eric Olson, ABB Decathlon product manager. “Different roles and disciplines require different views of the data center. With Decathlon, a single data set and a single operational environment reveal its true state.”

IT Managers and Facility Managers Gain Visibility

IT managers will have visibility of IT systems, including instant insight into a server’s status and system performance by measuring CPU utilization, power draw and temperatures. They can see status and system performance and other details for a particular server, rack or zone.

Facility managers can view, at a glance, the power availability at each component in the critical power path to determine the status of all breakers, including switchgear and distribution, UPS, transformers and PDUs, and at multiple sites. With a click of the mouse, power quality events can be analyzed to determine if harmonic distortion can disrupt power distribution. This visibility helps users understand which equipment is being affected by the distortion and decide whether further action is required.

Key features in Version 3:

  • User-configurable dashboards
  • Standard and custom reports
  • Unified alarm management
  • Condition-based monitors to identify diagnostic, predictive or inferred faults
  • Fault report submittal to user-specified Computerized Maintenance Management System
  • Integrated web views of the Decathlon Web Portal and Decathlon asset management tools

“ABB has diverse expertise with power delivery, utilities, energy management, building management, DCIM and automation,” said Olson. “All of this know-how with mission critical infrastructure is reflected in how Decathlon is designed and built.”

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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