Product Review: Sunbird Total DCIM Solution
Sunbird DCIM is a software company specializing in data center infrastructure management (DCIM) and cable management. Their dedication to improving and innovating data center management software helps customers better manage their data and optimize business operations. Data center management handles IT and technical issues and requires management of servers, huge amounts of data, various applications, and data security. Some of the typical tasks in data center management include managing the distribution and storage of data, backup processes and emergency plans.
The dcTrack DCIM Operations branch manages data through automated workflow management. Data is easier to track and finish with Sunbird’s DCIM software suite. It replaces applications like Excel, Visio and home-grown databases that are often difficult to keep track of, update and scale-up with time.
All of these tasks can be directly and manually managed, but the successful implementation of DCIM software can automate many data center management tasks. Sunbird’s Total DCIM Solution with Intelligent Capacity Management simplifies and improves data center management by maximizing uptime, driving efficiency and increasing productivity. These results are accomplished through the combined effort of Sunbird’s dcTrack DCIM Operations and Power IQ DCIM Monitoring.
The dcTrack DCIM Operations branch manages data through automated workflow management. Data is easier to track and finish with Sunbird’s DCIM software suite. It replaces applications like Excel, Visio and home-grown databases that are often difficult to keep track of, update and scale-up with time. Power IQ DCIM Monitoring helps minimize energy and power consumption while also monitoring things like server temperatures to save users money and impact the environment as little as possible. This portion of the software suite displays power and energy analytics, cooling charts and rack data (e.g. rack power, airflow and cooling).
The Total DCIM Solution with Intelligent Capacity Management provides users with all the features and tools needed to easily manage their data center. It includes Asset Management, Capacity Management, Change Management, Energy Management, Environment Management, and Power Management. Individual features and specifications of each component contribute to the well-rounded nature of Sunbird DCIM software package. Some specific examples of the software’s capabilities include: the ability to visualize important information like available space, the number of copper and fiber ports, and Capacity Management; seamless automation of request management (creation, completion and continued monitoring) for Change Management; and an interactive data center floor map to see information about temperature, humidity, airflow and active power for Environment Management.
Key Features & Specifications
- Easily generated reports including Smart Rack View and Cooling Charts
- LDAP/AD Integration
- AES Encryption up to 256 Bits
- User-configurable Dashboard
- Intelligent Search, Place and Reserve features
- Workflow tools
- Intelligent Rack Asset
Sunbird’s DCIM suite can be used on mobile devices for paperless auditing. The ease of access contributes to the overall efficiency users experience.
In October 2015, Gartnet listed Sunbird DCIM as one of its Niche Players for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools. As Sunbird DCIM continues to grow and develop their products, they will likely move towards the leading companies in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Some of Sunbird’s competitors include CommScope, Panduit and FNT. The full report can be found here. One of Sunbird’s greatest strengths is their dedication to customer support. They offer turnkey solutions that take place in three phases so users can easily learn and apply their DCIM software suite. Phase 1 is Basic Setup and Planning, Phase 2 is Data Collection and Migration and Phase 3 is End-User Training with Sunbird employees.
At the end of May, CIOReview recognized Sunbird DCIM as one of the “20 Most Promising Data Center Solution Providers of 2016” after its recent explosive growth. Sunbird also released a 5.1 update at the beginning of June. This update allows users to visualize the data center in 3D instead of only a 2D plane. This change could revolutionize DCIM operations. Traditional 3D visualization systems come with issues like limited displays, a lack of valuable information and a large consumption of resources. Sunbird’s 3D visualization upgrade, however, provides useful information about data centers and renders graphics that allow users to “be there” without actually being there. Additional release notes and information can be found on Sunbird’s support portal. A full list of media and press releases can be found on Sunbird’s website.