Belden, a vendor best known in the data center industry for its cabling products, has added a data center infrastructure management component to its product portfolio by partnering with DCIM software company Cormant. The two vendors will market and sell joint solutions.
DCIM is considered a growing market that has yet to hit its stride, and many vendors that sell into data centers have been seeking and finding different ways in. They’ve done it through acquisitions, partnerships, in-house development and various combinations thereof.
In a recent example, CommScope, a major Belden competitor in many areas, bought DCIM company iTRACS to get into the market.
The Cormant-CS DCIM solution monitors infrastructure and environmental conditions, power and data connectivity, and has an asset-management component. The monitoring takes place in real time.
It supports tablets, which data center techs can use to scan barcodes on the IT boxes on their data center floor to keep track of the assets.
Asset management of network and server equipment and components for inventory and deployment planning
Connectivity visibility to see where equipment is located, what it’s connected to and how it’s connected
Monitoring and reporting of power, environmental factors, network capacity and trends
Planning and forecasting with full view of data center floor plans and rack-level detail, historical data analysis and “what-if” scenarios
Work flow management for efficient deployment, reconfigurations and recording of test data
The system already integrates with a lineup of Belden wares, including traceable patch cords, intelligent power distribution units, cabinet access control systems and its heat containment system for enclosures. The companies plan to offer solutions that combine DCIM with Belden products.
Paul Goodison, CEO of Cormant, said the partnership had already won a number of customers. “By combining Belden’s leadership in data connectivity solutions with Cormant’s pure-play expertise in DCIM, we offer a world-leading combined solution to customers,” he said.
Cormant rebranded its DCIM product in 2013, changing the name from CableSolve to Cormant-CS to make sure people don’t confuse it with a cabling-oriented solution.