Raritan unveiled the latest release of its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software Monday, expanding its asset-management capabilities.
The release, dcTrack 3.0, added more asset-management functionality, such as quick asset search, export of asset information and bulk action on assets, better awareness of blade servers and chassis, customized asset libraries, an Application Programming Interface (API) for configuration-management databases (CMDB) and a “required-field” setting.
James Cerwinski, DCIM product manager at Raritan, said the additional functionality was “helping us bridge the gap between IT and facilities.” The company added new features based on feedback from its customers, he said.
One of the new features is quick search for assets, based on filters. The filters include type of equipment (CRAC, cabinet, PDU, etc.), status of the asset (archived, installed, off-site, planned, etc.) and many more.
There is also more flexibility for the way blade servers are visualized. Customers can view attributes at the chassis level, or they can look inside a chassis and see the status of each blade slot, including power available.
The new CMDB API allows users to plug dcTrack into whatever CMDB they may have. The database could include information about IT services from a catalog.
The DCIM solution can use this data to help a data center manager understand what IT function may be impacted if something happens to a particular server in a rack on their raised floor, Cerwinski explained.
Another new feature is library customization. The solution’s 25,000-item asset library can now be tailored to include only the equipment used by the client.
Finally, dcTrack also now has the option to make some fields in the asset-entry interface required, meaning a user cannot proceed without specifying certain parameters of an asset.
Raritan’s dcTrack 3.0 will be available as an upgrade for customers with maintenance contracts from the vendor’s website.
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