IBM Unveils "Intelligent Dashboard" For Improved Data Center Management

October 06, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

IBM announced an "intelligent dashboard" that will allow clients to view, maintain and adjust the energy consumption, performance, and hardware utilization of their multi-system, virtualized environment – all in a single view. The new IBM Systems Director 6.1 software, part of IBM’s New Enterprise Data Center strategy to streamline complex infrastructures, is a suite of software tools to help clients manage energy, virtualization and overall computer operations.

IBM Systems Director is said to give users a complete, single view of the data center’s physical and virtual devices and energy consumption through the IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager plug in – including details from facility assets such as power distribution and cooling equipment.

"With IBM Systems Director, we’re providing clients a means to better understand the complexity and costs associated with managing their datacenter," Rich Lechner, Vice President, Enterprise Systems. "As a result, clients can coordinate and manage the virtual and physical resources that make up their entire infrastructure. The combination of IBM Systems Director and Tivoli software consolidates an IT manager’s infrastructure in one view – an ’intelligent dashboard’ – allowing them to see and manage in real time the energy, space and people costs they need to allocate for and optimize."

The new IBM Systems Director software will be generally available in Q4’08.