By Carrie Schmelkin, TMCnet Web Editor
In the last 18 months, there has been more than $100 million invested in the data center infrastructure management (DCIM) market and nlyte Software is one company that is happy to say that it has been at the forefront of this nascent trend for the past eight years.
“The company was founded by two former data center professionals who were frustrated by the fact that they had to manage their data center on spreadsheets,” Todd Goldman, vice president of marketing and product management for nlyte, told TMCnet. “They said, ‘This is crazy. We have this million dollar data center that we are managing on spreadsheets.”
To address this frustration, the founders created nlyte, a pure-play software company that offers next generation tools and proven best practices in data center management. The company enables intelligent capacity planning resulting in the most efficient use of power, cooling and space through the optimal placement of data center assets.
One of the main issues nlyte tackles is predictive intelligence – determining where to put new servers and how to find the space and power in the data center to support the software.
“It’s not quite that simple,” Goldman said of predictive intelligence, noting that one misplaced server in a data center can be a catalyst for infrastructure downtime.
In fact, 70 percent of downtime is caused by human error, added Goldman, and most of that human error is a result of a newly installed server consuming too much power. Thanks to the predictive analytics built into nlyte’s software, however, the company can let a client know what happens if you add a new server to a specific location in the data center.
Aside from predictive analytics, nlyte provides management control to notify customers when a device fails; offers automation; identifies “orphan,” or dormant servers that are jacking up data center costs; and performs migration and consolidation services.
One of the biggest trends happening in the space right now that nlyte is excited about getting behind is the “professionalization” of the data center, according to Goldman. The first step in making the data center more professional is to automate the processes as opposed to relying on spreadsheets and manual inputs.
“You wouldn’t imagine running finance with just spreadsheets anymore,” Goldman said. “We are saying, ‘How is it that the thing we use to run everything else, the data center, is run in the least professional manner compared to everything else?’”
Another trend that fits into nlyte’s value proposition is the continued increase of consolidations and migrations in the data center. Nowadays, as the cost of data power continues to rise exponentially, data center professionals are trying to determine any cost savings possible.
Fortunately for these customers, nlyte offers ways to do more with existing data centers rather than having to purchase new servers.
“We can identify that this particular customer doesn’t need this $5 million cooling unit, they have enough cooling already,” Goldman said, adding that if customers simply reconfigure existing data centers they not only save in terms of the cost of the unit but in the power to run that unit.
nlyte’s position as a leading provider of DCIM solutions has been noticed by many companies. Accordingly, nlyte’s list of customers includes Computacenter, PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh, and Fenwick & West.
Most recently, NNIT, one of Denmark’s leading IT consultancies, selected the nlyte DCIM solution to help it migrate its existing equipment to a brand new data center facility, and replace the organization’s current spreadsheet and Visio management tools to ensure increased performance and compliance with green legislation within its data center environment.