The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has signed with CrestPoint Solutions to deploy a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution for data center management in several locations around the country, the company announced earlier this week.
DCIM is a fairly new type of solution in the data center market, currently deployed primarily by early adopters. Federal government agencies are not generally viewed as data center operators that use cutting-edge data center management tools.
The deal is an unusual one but may be a signal that more is to come as a result of the White House’s focus on optimizing the government’s sprawling data center infrastructure over the past four years or so.
USPTO needed a DCIM solution that featured asset management, visualization, search capabilities, capacity planning, real-time measurement, reporting, analytics and efficiency and optimization capabilities.
The vendor’s DCIM software is called CrestPoint-FME.
According to 451 Research, there are more than 60 DCIM vendors in the market today. It is one of the fastest-growing software markets but still a small one within the context of the enterprise software market as a whole.
The analysts estimated that vendors made about $530 million in DCIM sales in 2013.
Another market research firm, Gartner, released its first Magic Quadrant report on top DCIM vendors earlier this week. The report named Schneider Electric, Emerson Network Power, CA Technologies and Nlyte Software market leaders. Gartner did not include CrestPoint in the report.