Gartner Names IO a Visionary in Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools (DCIM) & 4 Other Ways We Know We’re Innovating the Data Center

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Gartner, Inc. has named IO a Visionary in the first-ever Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools (DCIM).* We believe that IO’s DCIM, IO.OS®, enables customers to have full visibility into their data center operations, so it is really the lynchpin of the software-defined data center (SDDC). Where a number of companies claim the term SDDC, IO is among a small handful of companies that truly give customers visibility from above the stack to beneath the floor.

We believe Gartner’s recognition of IO as Visionary in the Magic Quadrant for DCIM validates what we’ve long known about IO – a self-truth reflected often by CEO George Slessman, who says, “IO is a global organization of extraordinary, tenacious, brilliant people pursuing a visionary purpose – to intelligently control the Internet of Everything and make it universally sustainable, secure and useful.”

At IO, we’re challenging the status quo to fix what’s broken in the data center. And we’re doing it in innovative, visionary ways.

Naming IO a Visionary in the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools, Gartner explained, “Data center infrastructure management tools optimize data centers by monitoring and managing IT and facilities resources and energy consumption. Data center and facilities managers can use this Magic Quadrant to identify DCIM technology providers and determine which meet their prioritized needs.”
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From DCIM and beyond – 5 ways IO is innovating the data center

1. IO was first to provide Data Center Infrastructure Management

IO was among the very first providers of a DCIM tool (we’ve long called it a data center operating system, or DCOS). In the full Magic Quadrant report, Gartner explains some of the ways that DCIM tools “offer value to IT organizations,” including because they “Achieve greater energy efficiency. Energy cost savings alone are often enough to make a business case for justifying the purchase of DCIM tools, although these tools offer other benefits that are more difficult to quantify, such as improved workflow.”

 

2. IO.Applied Intelligence finds new solutions to big problems

IO.Applied Intelligence has the sole focus of using big data analytics to improve data center performance. With more than millions of hours recorded and billions of rows of data, IO is exploring ways to use this data to improve engineering and operational processes, extend system longevity, enhance security, lower data center energy and maintenance costs, and guide best practices for availability and resiliency.

3. IO.Anywhere is a designed and engineeredmodular data center

In contrast to the typical containerized data center – which is literally an old shipping container – IO’s modular data center solution, IO.Anywhere, is manufactured in a factory under Design for Assembly (DFA) lean manufacturing methods. IO’s modular data centers are purpose-built to deliver standard and secure increments of power, cooling, and IT capacity wherever it is required on a just-in-time basis. (Watch this video.)

4. IO.Cloud is built on open reference architecture

IO.Cloud is built on an open reference architecture comprised of OpenCompute compute and storage hardware, and OpenStack Cloud software.  We believe IO is the only provider that has brought to market an integrated Open Compute/OpenStack solution. Even though no one had done it before, we chose open because it gives our customers more flexibility, freedom from vendor lock-in, more visibility and control, greater efficiency, and optimization.

5. IO invented the software-defined data center

U.S. Patent 8,733,812, granted to IO on May 27, 2014, defines the technology necessary for a modular data center with intelligent management, monitoring, and control mechanisms. In other words, IO invented the software-defined modular data center. The SDDC brings together the four innovations listed above into a single platform, enabling our customers to use data center infrastructure in a new way. The SDDC platform delivers web-scale performance and economics by converging standardized modular data center infrastructure, an open enterprise cloud reference architecture, and an extensible DCIM/DCOS.

We’re very excited to be recognized by Gartner as a Visionary in data center infrastructure management. We believe it’s validation of what we – and our customers – have long known: IO is not just a data center provider. We’re pioneering a new way for businesses and governments to sustainably, securely, and intelligently manage their lifeblood – their data.

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*Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools,” Jay E. Pultz, David J. Cappuccio, April Adams, Federico De Silva, Naveen Mishra, Henrique Cecci, Rakesh Kumar, Sept. 22, 2014. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.