Emerson Network Power unveiled plans earlier this month to combine several technologies into a single data center infrastructure management platform called Trellis.

Trellis will combine the company’s existing Aperture, Avocent and Liebert data center infrastructure management offerings into a single platform, which it says will enable customers to manage both existing computing technologies and critical infrastructure equipment such as cooling and power.

“Virtualization has brought greater flexibility and efficiency to data center management but also has introduced new complexities and pressures to the physical infrastructure,” Steve Hassell, president of the Avocent business at Emerson, said in announcing plans to develop the Trellis platform. “Organizations today lack visibility into the impact of virtualization and the use of high-density servers, and that keeps them from utilizing the full capacity of their equipment.

“With the Trellis platform, we intend to provide that visibility along with the tools to manage and optimize changes to the physical infrastructure.”

Emerson acquired Avocent in December of 2009 for $1.2 billion 

According to Emerson, if every data center could utilize 10 percent more of its available power capacity, U.S. businesses would be able to save more than $10 billion through improved data center infrastructure management.

Emerson expects to have the core Trellis modules available in the fourth quarter of 2011, with subsequent modules rolling out over the following 12 to 18 months.


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