Bill Kleyman

May 11, 2015

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Based out of Chandler, AZ, BASELAYER was spun out of IO in December of 2014. Currently, IO is the second largest private data center operator in the world. Prior to the new entity, BASELAYER OS was known as IO.OS – a data center management platform – and served more than 600 enterprises through IO’s colocation business.

Several of these named clients and enterprises using BASELAYER today include IO, Fortrust, Goldman Sachs, CenturyLink, and SRP. Furthermore, IO uses the Service Provider edition of BASELAYER OS to extend to all clients located in IO’s facilities across the globe (over 2 million sq. ft. of data center space).

George and William Slessman created BASELAYER OS, which has been a DCIM solution since 2011.

“BASELAYER’s product structure is built to allow users to layer in components to match their corporate goals,” said Samir A. Shah, vice president of product management. The graphic below shows the current and future state structure of our DCIM product. Our goal is to continue adding modules to our core services to unlock value at all levels of the IT stack.”

In working with creating a holistic data center management platform, BASELAYER enables several DCIM functions that include:

  • “Single pane of glass” visibility – comprehensive view of both global data center activity as well as third party data feeds (including web services and big data analytics)

  • Dynamic provisioning – programmatically matching application needs with data center capabilities

  • Virtual sensors – visualize, control, track, and manage complex system performance

  • Real-time PUE – view and graph PUE for an individual virtual machine, rack, module, or multiple data centers

  • Business intelligence – real-time visibility of operational performance facilitates informed decision making and planning

As an example, using the visualizer module within BASELAYER, users can create custom dashboards to enable better business visibility. In the case below, a generator status dashboard shows real-time generator fuel levels in combination with forward-looking diesel pricing based on third-party web services feeds.

Operators can use this dashboard to estimate not only when replacement is needed, but to optimize their decisions around when diesel fuel pricing is lowest.

“At BASELAYER, we simplify the data center and make it smart,” added Shah. “BASELAYER OS is the first complete data center operating system that integrates both modular and legacy data center infrastructure, enabling real-time visibility, control, simulation, optimization, and automation with users IT equipment, applications.”

About the Author(s)

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise technology. He also enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues about tech. His published and referenced work can be found on Data Center Knowledge, AFCOM, ITPro Today, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Forbes, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and more.

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