New IDC MarketScape Provides a Vendor Assessment of the Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 4, 2013 – International Data Corporation (IDC) has published a new vendor assessment and market analysis profiling the leading providers in the worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management (DCIM) market. The IDC MarketScape report utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a definitive assessment of each vendor's current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future. According to IDC's research, CA Technologies, Emerson Network Power, and Schneider Electric hold prominent positions within the "Leaders" category for 2013, while several others, including Cormant, FieldView Solutions, iTRACS, Nlyte Software, Panduit, and Raritan all hold strong positions as "Major Players."

The DCIM market is hitting its stride, with several providers realizing strong growth and adoption and others struggling to survive in a competitive market.

Datacenters are expanding to power the Third Platform, a new era of computing built on mobile devices and applications, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social technologies. Expansion into new geographies, improvements in disaster recovery, and expansion of workloads beyond current power and processing capabilities of current datacenters has challenged datacenter managers to find ways to manage resources and change.

As datacenters continue to evolve, managers must address a growing list of pain points. "Datacenter facilities and IT executives are dealing with delays in application rollouts, disrupted service to customers, unplanned spending for patches, an inability to roll out new products or services, and unplanned downtime," said Richard Villars, Vice President for Datacenter and Cloud. "DCIM solutions can help manage these issues by providing consistent and complete information about datacenter infrastructure."

Datacenter managers have many choices in how to best approach infrastructure management, and implementing a DCIM solution is a critical step in supporting business agility. "Decisions on which provider to choose should transcend tactical capabilities such as asset management and environmental and power monitoring, and include strategic capabilities such as advanced analytics to ensure the long-term success of the implementation," said Jennifer Koppy, Research Manager, Datacenter Infrastructure.

Additional findings from IDC's latest DCIM MarketScape report include the following:

DCIM addresses a number of needs in datacenter management — from change management and capacity planning to the efficient usage and allocation of resources.

More than product functionality and even price, exceptional customer service is a key deciding factor in many DCIM purchase decisions.

A good DCIM solution offers an open architecture that supports full upstream and downstream transmission of data.

The study, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Infrastructure Management 2013 Vendor Analysis (IDC #241280), uses the IDC MarketScape methodology to provide an assessment of ten vendors participating in the datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) market. The IDC MarketScape is a vendor assessment tool designed to compare vendors' current capability and strategy relative to one another and to the factors that IDC believes will be most conducive to future success in the DCIM market. This evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters that assess vendors relative to one another, and to those factors that will contribute to success in the DCIM market in the short and long term. Vendors included in this analysis are: CA Technologies, Cormant, Emerson Network Power, FieldView Solutions, iTRACS, Nlyte Software, Panduit, Raritan, Schneider Electric, and Sentilla.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT, telecommunications, or industry-specific vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a transparent foundation to allow companies to independently compare the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

For more information about IDC MarketScape, please contact Karen Moser at kmoser@idc.com.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 49 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.