The Trellis Platform

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The Trellis platform is Emerson Network Power’s comprehensive DCIM solution, which delivers the capabilities needed for intuitive, scalable enterprise-class infrastructure monitoring and management.

This technology bridges the gap between facilities and IT operations in the data center, allowing IT to be a key player in planning and executing the organization’s growth initiatives.

According to Ian Tasker, data centre manager of the University of Cambridge Information Services, the ability to perform both device-level and strategic management was key to Cambridge University when selecting the Trellis platform for its new data center.

“Our primary goal is to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint by providing an alternative to the many independent, departmental server rooms across campus, many of which run inefficiently. As we migrate services from some independent server rooms into our state-of-the-art data center, the Trellis platform will provide monitoring and management capabilities to drive our current PUE (power usage effectiveness) from a conservative estimated average of 2.0 to our goal of 1.2,” Tasker said.


“We often need to add capacity quickly to support new grants, which may require adding anywhere from one to 30 servers. The Trellis platform will give us visibility into capacity and provide the management information we need to plan effectively for growth in this dynamic environment. Additionally, some areas within the data center will operate using a cost recovery model, and the detailed usage information that the Trellis platform can provide will enable accurate charge back for these facility users,” Tasker added.

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