iTRACSAfter CommScope’s acquisition of
iTRACS® a year ago, I wrote a blog comparing Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) to the autopilot feature in an airplane. Recently, some people have asked me if I feel the same way now that CommScope has spent the past year working in the DCIM space. Overall, not much has changed regarding our definition of DCIM since entering the market but I feel that the iTRACS open framework platform, along with the ourDCIM™ developer community, offers customers a unique and compelling approach to the challenge of data center mangement. Our emphasis on an open, scalable platform that can easily integrate with other systems is also helping to advance wide-spread DCIM adoption.

Many of you are aware that the CommScope portfolio includes an intelligent physical layer management solution called imVision®. This solution provides intelligence and automation capabilities for physical layer management such as device discovery, tracking and identifying the physical location of devices, port capacity management, connectivity management, and workflow for server deployment and decommissioning. 

With the addition of the iTRACS Converged Physical Infrastructure Management® (CPIM®) platform, CommScope’s infrastructure management portfolio now includes a DCIM solution with capacity planning and analytics that extend traditional data center management capabilities into new areas of business value. For many customers, the CPIM software suite has become their single source of truth for physical infrastructure across all six key resources: assets, power, space, connectivity, network services and HVAC.

The next evolutionary step for DCIM is intelligent capacity planning, or as I call it, the “Holy Grail of DCIM.” To get there, we must continue our efforts automating physical infrastructure management functions and the integration of our DCIM platform with other systems and solutions on the data center floor. One area where significant progress has been made is intelligent connectivity management – CommScope’s ability to provide decision-makers with real-time visibility into the status of every network port and patch. With more than a decade of experience in this area, particularly in relation to the imVision solution, CommScope offers today’s data center operators a compelling value proposition of making connectivity decisions based on knowledge instead of guesswork.

The past year has been very exciting for us. Working with iTRACS to advance the capabilities of CPIM and working with our partners in the ourDCIM developer community has created opportunities to learn, grow, innovate, and evolve. It has given us perspective and insight. It has helped us better serve our customers – the ultimate arbiter of the business value of any infrastructure management solution.

What do you think will affect the rate of DCIM adoption or its evolution towards intelligent capacity planning?

Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out this video interview of George Brooks discussing DCIM and CommScope’s latest developments with iTRACS.

George Brooks

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George Brooks

George Brooks is senior vice president of the Enterprise Product Line Management for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for increasing growth, profitability, and strengthening CommScope’s competitive position in the enterprise market segment. Mr. Brooks’ experience in the technology and networking industry spans more than 18 years. For nearly 14 years, he has led the development of a number of innovations under the SYSTIMAX® brand and helped create solutions to help enterprise customers manage their technology environments. Mr. Brooks began his career in telecommunications with Bell Atlantic in 1995 as a transmission engineer. He joined Lucent Technologies in 1997 as a technical sales manager and transitioned to product management in 1998. Since 2002, he has held leadership positions in various functional disciplines and over the past three years, he has led the Data Center business unit. Mr. Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.

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