Updated Decathlon DCIM Solution Optimizes Reliability, Energy Efficiency of IT Systems

Decathlon Version 2 provides accurate, fine-grained visibility into device and system performance, expert decision support, and secure control technologies.

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ABB has updated its Decathlon data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system. Decathlon Version 2 is an open platform that can integrate diverse legacy systems while allowing new systems and technologies to be added to facilitate more dynamic business operation. The solution provides unified visibility and expert decision support across a company’s worldwide data center portfolio so that data center operators can allocate resources across entire enterprises more intelligently for significant new efficiencies.

In the current business climate of mergers and acquisitions, data center professionals are often challenged to manage newly acquired facilities with different building management systems and monitoring equipment. Hard-to-diagnose inefficiencies and unsynchronized and incompatible alarms intensify that challenge. ABB has drawn on its history of engineering for high-availability industrial applications and its smart grid knowledge to develop the Decathlon suite of solutions to address these issues.

Decathlon Version 2 can integrate with any data center infrastructure, connecting to all leading building management systems (BMS), power/energy management systems and any other monitoring at the system or device level. The operator is free to add preferred applications, such as a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) or work-order ticketing systems.

Accurate and fine-grained visibility is attained through a unified enterprise view of combined device and system metrics. Operators can right-size resources to business requirements on a broad scale. Power usage effectiveness tactics can be employed and measured and energy scaled directly to equipment use. A standardized approach to mapping resilience allows more effective planning and management of disaster response. Graphical representations of a unified alarm system give status at a glance and specific root-cause analysis.

More information is available at www.abb.com.

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