Cormant: Managing IT infrastructure in Data Centers and Beyond

CIO VendorPaul Goodison, Chairman & CEO
Today’s data centers are no longer just an enabler to the business; they can provide corporations with competitive advantages and are the underpinnings to corporate success. Despite the large investments in today’s data centers, significant inefficiencies still exist due to the collision of static infrastructure with dynamic IT operations, which fail to increase availability, utilization, and efficiency in rising costs and demands. Data center managers are experiencing unprecedented pressure to improve uptime, reduce power and boost performance—as sites and campuses continue to grow in size, complexity, increasing data volume and equipment. This has been compounded by the inability to achieve end-to-end visibility of true performance.

“The process of selecting and implementing DCIM successfully is a journey, not a one-time event as many believe,” exclaims Paul Goodison, CEO, Cormant. Goodison and two of his colleagues were inspired to lay the foundation for Cormant—a software and professional services provider to deliver a solution that provides a single-pane-of-glass view to where the physical and logical layers of IT infrastructure meet. This virtual integration layer helps organizations to manage infrastructure and connectivity in data centers and ensure that they are yielding optimal results.

To effectively manage the entire IT Infrastructure, including facilities, equipment, network paths, power and environmental data, the firm offers its DCIM solution—Cormant-CS. It provides a consolidated view of the data—including historical and current, streamlines and offers mobile access to information. It captures full-information about the entire channel connectivity including the infrastructure and assets. Cormant-CS does not act as a silo, but it is built with an open API to easily communicate with the data center systems—providing a complete view of the entire IT infrastructure.

The process of selecting and implementing DCIM successfully is a journey, not a one-time event as many believe

This management of connectivity means that data is being updated, maintained, and analyzed for a holistic management of the infrastructure. With dynamic rack views, floor plans and historical dashboards, information can be visualized in real-time with unmatched functionality, intuitive ease of use, and rapid return on investment.

With full offline mobility, records are updated in real-time, so that staff can have access to all the records, while reviewing the infrastructure or troubleshooting a problem. Cormant-CS is ideal for existing sites, which imports data quickly from existing records and then audits for accuracy using mobile handheld devices. This in turn helps to increase uptime, decrease power usage, and reduce OPEX and CAPEX for numerous organizations.

One such instance is, Woodland Park Zoo, an expansive 92 acre botanical setting—housing more than 1,200 animals, with a significantly installed IT base has been benefited from Cormant-CS. The zoo needed a systematic way to document the 1,100 pairs of telecom copper cables, multiple manholes, and maintenance. Most of the challenges arose due to lack of a single database to store current and historical records and also due to the time consuming, manual changes and troubleshoots. The zoo implemented the Cormant-CS DCIM solution to document its IT infrastructure and significantly reduce time needed to change management processes and troubleshoots. With all data stored in Cormant-CS, the zoo can now quickly locate equipment or connections and make necessary changes in as little as a fourth of the time.

To take their success one step ahead, the firm plans to extend its services around the globe and benefit more customers in the DCIM market. Moving forward, Cormant will work toward offering new services and solutions to its existing customers by staying true to its philosophy of keeping business personal during every stage of the DCIM journey.