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Where the Cloud Touches Down: Simplifying Data Center Infrastructure Management

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Presented by Interop, sponsored by ManageEngine

In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation: manual record keeping and scattered documentation. Datacenter managers have to maintain--and wade through--wikis, spreadsheets, text files, and un-integrated freeware tools and databases, all so they can know two basic things: "What is that we manage?" and "Where is it?" The problem with all that documentation is, it is maintained manually--and who has time3 to do that faithfully?--and, it often fails to give you the data you want to quickly locate an asset, and because sources are scattered and ad-hoc, the documentation often fails to capture how assets relate to each other.

OpManager tries to bridge the gap between the documentation you have and the documentation you need, by replacing data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB) to manage relationships among assets. In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data as you define relationships among items the monitoring tool is tracking.

Come to this session with your questions ready! You'll be able to submit questions directly to our panelists for a live Q&A session during the hour


Irwin Lazar, Vice President and Service Director, Nemertes Research

Irwin Lazar manages research operations, develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises numerous enterprise and vendor clients. Irwin is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in areas including VOIP, UC, video conferencing, social computing, collaboration, and network communication and services.

Irwin advises the world’s leading IT vendors and service providers on their product strategies and roadmaps. He also creates UC and network strategies, manages RFPs, and provides pointed IT advice for companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to the Fortune 2000.

Irwin holds an MBA from George Mason University and a bachelor of business administration degree in Management Information Systems from Radford University.

Dev Anand, Director, ManageEngine (Zoho Corp.)

Dev Anand is the Director of Product Management @ManageEngine (ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp.). Dev has a particular interest in simplifying IT operations through product management and has spent 13years in various product management and marketing roles in ManageEngine. He is the product manager for OpManager- a network management platform that competes with HP/IBM/CA tools and www.yourITpulse.com - a social networking site exclusively built for IT admins.


Andrew Conry-Murray, Editor, Network Computing

Drew has covered information technology since 1999, with an emphasis on networking, management and security. As editor of Network Computing he leads the Web site’s technology coverage and reports regularly on the major IT vendors. He works closely with a group of IT experts and practitioners who contribute to the site. He’s also the author of the book “The Symantec Guide to Home Internet Security.”