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June 14, 2012

Mirapath DCIM Services Help Data Centers Make the Best Use of Space, Power

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

Data center real estate is pricey, as is the cost to power data center gear. That’s why value-added resellers like Mirapath are in the business of helping businesses acquire the products and services that can allow them to make the most efficient use of both space and energy. 

Diana Li, who’s in charge of data center and lab infrastructure solutions at Mirapath, explains that the company can deliver to customers the physical racks, cabling and infrastructure, and power supplies that best meet their needs. Because Mirapath is vendor neutral, she adds, the company’s key focus is on providing the right solution for the customer every time.

Mirapath will even manage power for customers. The company also sells intelligent power strips so companies can do better capacity planning.

Layer 1 switches are another offering from Mirapath. The Mirapath MCC solutions on this front include three models with backplane speeds of 4.25gbps (4X), 8.5gbps (8X), and 10.7gbps (HS). The 4X chassis models accommodate two, four, or eight interface blades. The 8X and HS chassis models accommodate four interface blades. Each chassis is powered by hot-swappable power supplies with optional redundancy. All four-slot and eight-slot chassis are available in DC powered versions as well as the AC models.

Mirapath is one of a new breed of company specializing in an area called data center infrastructure management. Opengear is another DCIM outfit. TMCnet spoke to both companies at the Cisco (News - Alert) Live event this week in San Diego.

Gartner predicts DCIM will see 60 percent market penetration by 2014. That’s because DCIM can help businesses reduce their data center operational costs by 20 percent, reduce the time it takes to deploy new servers by 50 percent, and prolong the life of their data center by up to 5 years, according to Mirapath.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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