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Software for smarter, greener buildings: IBM Malaysia

AvantiKumar | May 13, 2010
Better control of physical and data assets'
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 MAY 2010 Technology solutions giant IBM Malaysia has unveiled a new software solution and service to help deliver a more smart and green management of data centres and physical assets, said the company.

As well as improve operations, the new solutions would help customers reduce costs, said IBM Malaysia country brand manager for Tivoli, software group, Balwinder Gill.

"Smarter buildings are key to the economic and environmental sustainability of urban environments," said Gill.

"Real-time infrastructure data coupled with analytics can enable better economic decisions and environmental outcomes, he said.

With intelligence embedded into the physical assets of an organisation, IBM is helping clients create a command centre to manage not only their data centre and IT design, but also the physical assets as diverse as water mains, office equipment, door locks, printers, heating systems and fire hydrants, said Gill.  Together with an array of partners, we are delivering this value to clients today."

He added that Tivoli was working with utilities around the world to build intelligent utilities.  [These are] Smart Grids, with Tivoli Industry Solutions providing for the monitoring of meter data collection engines, meter data management systems, meter cell relays, BPL (broadband over power lines) devices, and meters.  These are capable of delivering network management with event correlation that provides coverage across the grid, as well as IT and integrated executive business dashboards and historical reports that show relationships between meter failures and the grid.
 Virtualisation as foundation of visibility
Gill said the new solutions include:

• IBM Information Archive: for policy-driven management of information across its lifecycle.

• IBM Tivoli Security Incident and Event Manager: to improve security by automating collection of distributed log information and tracking of abnormal behaviour by privileged users

• IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM Tivoli Fastback and IBM Tivoli Fastback for Workstations: ensure duplicate files are backed up only once and recovery can now be managed from a single console.

As part of a strategy for a comprehensive view of data centre virtualisation including servers, storage, networking, software and services, IBM is also announcing an enhanced strategy to help clients maximise benefits of virtualisation with integrated service management by focusing on four key priorities: consolidation, management, automation and optimised delivery, he said.

According to analyst firm IDC, the worldwide revenue for virtualisation related ecosystem is expected to exceed US$46 billion by 2013, said Gill. As the complexity of data centres is growing, it becomes critical to establish good practices of integrated service management. It allows improvements in service, a reduction in costs and the ability to better manage risks.