RagingWire Boosts DCIM Offering With CA Technologies

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The new RagingWire data center in northern Virginia features colorful, branded air handler units. DreamHost will be the facility's anchor tenant. (Photo: RagingWire)

The new RagingWire data center in northern Virginia features colorful, branded air handler units. RagingWire has worked with CA Technologies to enhance its N-Matrix DCIM offering. (Photo: RagingWire)

RagingWire’s N-Matrix Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution is yet another example of a multi-tenant data center provider adding value in what they do beyond space, power and pipe. The company announced during Data Center World that it has further enhanced N-Matrix with the inclusion of CA DCIM from CA Technologies.

N-Matrix is RagingWire’s proprietary software which integrates more than 20 infrastructure management applications. Customers use it to receive detailed power and security reports via an interactive online portal. The partnership with CA means that N-Matrix is getting more capabilities, and the RagingWire customer is getting more value.

The companies are working together to tailor, integrate and leverage several CA DCIM capabilities such as monitoring, analysis, asset management and 3D visualization capabilities into RagingWire’s data centers in Ashburn, Virginia and Sacramento, Calif.

The additional capabilities will enhance N-Matrix. As part of RagingWire’s N-Matrix system, CA Technologies DCIM technology further improves RagingWire’s critical infrastructure reliability with data trending capabilities to correct equipment operating deficiencies before failure, as well as visualized and automated notification and alarm functions.

With the addition of CA DCIM, RagingWire’s customers will now have access to visualization and data feeds via a customer portal, through web services APIs, and through CA’s iPad and Android applications.

“While many other data center providers are still formulating their DCIM strategies, RagingWire is already delivering concrete benefits and added value to customers with the N-Matrix DCIM system it has running in production today,” said Terrence Clark, senior vice president, infrastructure management, CA Technologies. “By making the CA DCIM solution a core element of their N-Matrix system, RagingWire is both validating our industry leadership in DCIM and raising the bar for performance and transparency in the data center services market.”

The data center is getting smarter. This isn’t the first instance of a multi-tenant data center provider moving to add DCIM, or in the case of RagingWire, further improving DCIM capabilities to bring value to the customer.

“The data center industry has been criticized for a lack of transparency regarding data center environmental conditions, bandwidth, and power utilization.  RagingWire is changing that,” said William Dougherty, vice president of information technology at RagingWire. “We vetted a large number of solution providers in our search for a DCIM solution that met our objectives of excellent customer experience and integrated deep-dive data analysis capabilities.  CA Technologies was the provider that stood out to us with respect to our specifications.”

“Service providers and other data center operators increasingly recognize that deploying DCIM enables improved infrastructure monitoring and management,” said Rhonda Ascierto, research manager, data center technologies and eco-efficient IT for 451 Research. “But the fuller potential of DCIM for a data center provider is reached when that value is delivered back to its customers. The approach of companies like RagingWire and CA Technologies illustrates what can be done when the offerings of data center and software companies are brought together.”

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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