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Jon Seals

Data Centers Gain Enhanced Transparency and Agility With Composable Infrastructure

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Nlyte Software, the leading data center service management (DCSM) solution provider for seamlessly automating data center operations and infrastructure into an enterprise's IT ecosystem, today announced that it has received integration certification for HPE OneView, the Composable Infrastructure management solution from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

"Integration is the core principle behind Nlyte DCSM, which bridges the gap between the data center and infrastructure management solutions like HPE OneView," said Robert Neave, co-founder and CTO of Nlyte Software. "Together these solutions deliver accurate information that makes it easier for individuals to more efficiently do their jobs. The robust combination of Nlyte DCSM and HPE OneView gives our joint customers a way to holistically manage Composable Infrastructures -- all the way down to the data center floor."

Any changes made in infrastructure managed by HPE OneView are automatically synchronized with Nlyte DCSM, which then incorporates the information into the service management processes being executed within the data center. Real-time insights from the Nlyte DCSM enable users to:

  • Automate and optimize chassis and asset placement management and tags
  • Monitor infrastructure resource utilization, such as power, CPU and temperature readings for chassis and mounted blades
  • Synchronize changes in infrastructure under HPE OneView management
  • Increase rack density within a stated power envelope

These capabilities improve accuracy in planning, allocation and billing by associating real-time usage and utilization data with specific clients/tenants; and give users better control over changes occurring on the data center floor.

"The complexity of managing the dynamic environment of people, power, IT infrastructure, policies and business attributes makes it difficult to efficiently operate a data center," said Paul Miller, Vice President of Marketing, Converged Data Center Infrastructure, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "The integration of Nlyte's DCSM solution with HPE OneView gives our joint customers a unified view of the physical and the IT infrastructure, improving their ability to keep pace with business change."

Through Nlyte DCSM, users gain a federated view of power metrics, which enables them to reduce costs and minimize the risk of outages associated with load-induced dynamic energy performance. HPE OneView improves IT administrator efficiency by automating the deployment, updating, and ongoing management of HPE Composable Infrastructure, including the HPE Synergy platform. 

To learn more about Nlyte DCSM and integrations with HPE, visit: www.hpe.com/info/composablepartners or http://pages.nlyte.com/rs/690-OLN-597/images/430-HPE-OneView-datasheet.pdf

About Nlyte Software
Nlyte is the leading software company that automates the management of services provided by the data center (DCSM). Many of the world's largest and most sophisticated data centers use Nlyte to become more agile, reduce costs and operate more efficiently. Founded in 2004, Nlyte provides a comprehensive and proven DCSM solution with a modern, web-services architecture. With Nlyte, customers can easily manage all their existing data center processes, resources, policies, assets and interrelationships. For more information, visit www.nlyte.com or follow @nlyte on Twitter.

All trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are used for identification purposes only.


Scalability of GE's TLE Series CE UPS Platform Enables Low- to Mid-Power Applications to Meet Both Current Capacity Demands and Future Power Needs

DALLAS, Texas – Adding to its global platform of TLE Series uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), GE's Critical Power business (NYSE: GE) today introduced a new TLE Series CE UPS product line for low- to mid-power applications. The new TLE Series CE units combine high reliability, efficiency and power to offer a blend of smart software, diagnostics and real-time, multimode energy savings.

The TLE Series CE UPS systems are available in two different configurations -- a single 30- or 40-kilowatt (kW) power enclosure with space for batteries underneath and a scalable enclosure that can house up to three 40-kW power blocks -- providing customers with the right solution for their individual application. The scalable UPS configuration is well suited for stand-alone industrial facilities, retail businesses and hospitals, but also can be used in data center applications. These additions to the TLE Series UPS family offer cost-effective power protection while providing up to 10-20 percent more real power than similar solutions.

"Many customers seeking UPS units for power protection find themselves stuck between choosing a solution that provides the power capacity that they need today or selecting a system that provides additional capacity and may better suit their future needs," said Brian Courtney, general manager, AC Power Systems for GE's Critical Power business. "Our new low- to mid-power TLE Series CE UPS systems help to solve this conundrum by enabling the UPS to be scaled up as the need for additional power protection capacity rises instead of needing to replace the system at a later date or overpaying up front for unused capacity."

While the TLE Series CE UPS platform is targeted towards any segment or application where critical power is needed, most applications will be in information technology, industrial, health care, retail and commercial settings where reliable, efficient backup power is a necessity.

Key benefits of the new TLE Series CE UPS system include its scalability and its improved life cycle. With the UPS system, operators are able to scale up in 20- or 40-kW steps -- from 40 to 120 kW -- to meet their future growth needs. By enabling individual consumable components to be replaced as needed, the TLE Series CE UPS features an expected product life of more than 10 years. By comparison, other modular solutions available today typically offer a five- to six-year power block life that requires customers to replace and dispose of entire blocks rather than service the power units.

Furthermore, the TLE Series CE systems offer simplified installations and can be installed against side and rear walls because they require only front access -- unlike other UPS solutions that require rear access for ventilation or maintenance. In addition, the latest TLE Series CE UPS systems also feature a new touch-screen color display, simplifying operation and maintenance.

The small footprint and desirable power density of the TLE Series CE UPS make it well suited for both new construction and retrofit applications where space optimization is a priority, such as mission-critical facilities like data centers, health care facilities and financial institutions.

The TLE Series CE UPS also is fully integrated with iUPSGuard, GE's remote monitoring solution for UPS systems. iUPSGuard provides detailed information over the Web about UPS operations, including configuration, internal alarms and operating conditions. With iUPSGuard, GE can notify users of potential problems and remedy them before they become critical issues, helping to protect its customer's investments.

GE's Critical Power business powers rapidly changing, disruptive markets where massive data, communications and computing capacity is redefining how business is done. Customers in data center, super computing, telecommunications and digital content industries rely on GE to provide the reliable and energy-efficient power to keep networks flowing and transactions moving 24/7. To learn more about GE's Critical Power business, visit www.gecriticalpower.com.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

Follow GE's Critical Power business on Twitter @GEcriticalpower.

About GE Energy Connections
GE Energy Connections designs and deploys industry-leading technologies that turn the world on. We transport, convert, automate and optimize energy to ensure we provide safe, efficient and reliable electrical power. Uniting all the resources and scale of the world's first digital industrial company, we connect brilliant machines, grids, and systems to power utility, oil & gas, marine, mining and renewables customers, that keep our world running. www.GEEnergyConnections.com


Monday, 28 March 2016 00:00

Biggest EMM Trends of 2015

Consumerization is quickly transforming business and IT models. Interrelated, as enterprises continue to see a rise in the here-to-stay bring your own device (BYOD) movement, they need to provide their employees with secure, mobile access to apps and data on any device across any network.

Serving as the “invisible middleman,” enterprise mobility management (EMM) gives IT and employees the tools and confidence they need to just say yes to workforce mobility.

With empowering employees to work and collaborate the way they prefer as a baseline (hearkening back to today’s trend for organizations to adopt BYOD policies to let people use their own PCs and mobile devices for work), Citrix recently polled customers that deployed EMM in the cloud using XenMobile last year. Comprehensive insight can be seen in this infographic.



Google’s new push into public cloud portends to accelerate the already torrid pace of business adoption and force managed service providers (MSPs) to reassert their value to customers - including some who question if they still need third-party support.

The tech behemoth last week announced it's investing billions for more capacity and enterprise-critical enhancements, declaring its intention to seize market share in a competition now led by Amazon and Microsoft.

But the explosive proliferation of cut-rate cloud services threatens to disrupt many MSPs, with some needing to quickly add cloud offerings and others forced to resell clients on the importance of the managed services relationship in the new paradigm.

“It’s having an impact on our ability to acquire new customers because business owners think they can do this themselves,” said Joe Popper, who still works at the successful MSP he sold two months ago, after 25 years as its owner.

Aggressive marketing for products like Office 365 tout free migration and an average 20 percent savings in IT expenditure. Popper said he’s run across business owners who view the cloud as a means to cut costs by shedding monthly service subscriptions.

“'Cloud’ is one of the very few (IT) buzzwords – other than ‘Internet’ – that the layman understands,” Popper said. “The problem is that they think they can get everything out of the cloud ...  But if it blows up, they're in a world of hurt."



For any large-scale internet company, data center efficiency and profit margins are closely linked, and at scale like Google’s, data center efficiency is everything.

Designing for better efficiency is a never-ending process for Google’s infrastructure team, and since cooling is the biggest source of inefficiency in data centers, it has always gotten special attention.

“Since I’ve been at Google, we have redesigned our fundamental cooling technology on average every 12 to 18 months,” said Joe Kava, who’s overseen the company’s data center operations for the last eight years.

This efficiency chase has produced innovations in water and air-based data center cooling. The company has developed ways to use sea water and industrial canal water for cooling; it has devised systems for reclaiming and recycling grey water and for harvesting rain water.



(TNS) — In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the airport and subway system in Brussels, a group of lawmakers in Congress is pushing to increase funding to provide better security on the United States’ mass transit systems.

On Wednesday, 66 House Democrats urged the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee to set aside $105 million to help local transit systems improve security. That’s $20 million more than President Barack Obama requested in his 2017 budget proposal and a drop in the bucket compared to the billions the country spends annually on aviation security.

An explosion in the Maelbeek Station on the Brussels Metro killed 20 people Tuesday. One of the suspected bombers, Khalid El Bakraoui, was killed in the suicide attack, which happened near the headquarters of the European Commission.



(TNS) — A new maritime SWAT team that can be rappel-ready by next year’s Sail Boston Tall Ships Regatta and a regional response shelter unit trained to comfort people and their pets top this year’s anti-terrorism priorities for Boston and its eight contiguous neighbors.

Other submissions were scrapped either because of cost — like Brookline’s bid for a $250,000 trailer “to support regional coordination in the event of simultaneous terrorist attacks” — or because they are not eligible for federal funding, like the Hub’s $200,000 appeal for intelligence-gathering drones.

Just two days after ISIS bombers attacked Brussels, killing 31 and injuring 260, safety, security and planning experts from Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop agreed yesterday to a $4.56 million wish list of training and equipment needs.



On the PC, various hardware and software resources must function in harmony in order to produce something useful. This is why smart people invented the operating system.

In the data center, you have pretty much the same resources – compute, storage, networking – except on a larger, more distributed scale. Most data centers feature any number of management systems, many of which are optimized for a particular resource or application, and this has served as the data center operating system to varying degrees of success.

But now that the data center is about to be redefined from hardware to software, and then distributed not just across a building or a campus but across town and around the world, the need for a cohesive data center operating system is becoming evident.



New survey of Board members and executives worldwide sheds light on most pressing risk issues for organizations

More organizations are realizing that additional risk management sophistication is warranted given the fast pace at which complex risks are emerging, according to results of the fourth annual joint survey assessing the current risk environment by global consulting firm Protiviti and the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative at the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management.

Released today, Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2016 (www.protiviti.com/TopRisks) summarizes the concerns of 535 Board members, C-suite and other top-level executives around the world and across industries. In the survey, respondents rate the significance of 27 risk issues for the coming year, spanning three risk categories: macroeconomic, strategic and operational.

Regulatory change and heightened regulatory scrutiny is the number one risk cited by survey respondents for the fourth consecutive year, highlighting its dominance on the minds of Board members and executives worldwide. The majority (60 percent) of respondents believe this risk will continue to have a significant impact on their organizations, indicating business executives remain highly concerned about the effect of the regulatory landscape on their strategic direction.



For some reason, bad ideas often attempt to make a comeback – typically, after enough time has passed and the very reason they were discarded or abandoned in the first place is forgotten.

Bad ideas certainly are not exclusive to popular culture; in fact, articles and case studies litter the internet documenting both public and private organizations attempting to resurrect failed models and strategies in hopes that new capabilities or use cases will finally make a particular idea just as good in practice as it was in theory or on paper.

In the wake of several high-profile, unpredictable, catastrophic incidents (“Black Swan Events”) in 2012, Avalution received a number of requests to develop highly-specific, scenario-based plans from our clients. Planning for Every Scenario is “For the Birds” explains that Black Swan Events cannot be predicted, and advises that organizations that implement flexible strategies, applicable in almost any type of scenario to manage response and recovery, enjoy the highest levels of success when faced with a disruptive incident.

However, the demand for scenario-based plans seems to be back.