Bank

Finance Industry

Thank you for not only providing a full audit of all Assets and Connections (copper, fibre, power) for 200+ racks, but also being able to upgrade all of the firmware and security configurations of all ourover 400 PDU’s during Covid !!

Major Bank

You were honest in telling us that our data that had been captured by others was not accurate enough for the details that we were after. It was a refreshing approach and helped us define the exact information that was required moving forward.

Bank

Australian Bank

One of the main reasons we chose Avantex was that we knew you would be around after the installation was completed, and we would not be fobbed off to a Overseas Help Desk when we most needed it !

BGIS Expands their Critical Environments Services, Acquires Global DCIM firm, Cormant.

BlogPress Releases / February 1, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, USA, February 1, 2021 — BGIS and Cormant announced today that they have completed a transaction under which BGIS has acquired Cormant, a leading global Data Center (DCIM) and IT Infrastructure Management software provider. Cormant’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Goodison, and his team will remain in place and work within BGIS to support and aid BGIS’s increasing strategic objectives to provide our customers with enabling technology to help them run and manage their Data Center and Critical Environments infrastructure around the world.

Since 2001, Cormant has developed and delivered industry-leading “DCIM and Beyond” software and success to customers worldwide. Clients who choose Cormant enjoy a successful, cost-effective, easy-to-use, and scalable Infrastructure Management solution. Cormant has an unwavering focus on customer success with customers from 2003 who still actively use Cormant solutions today. Cormant’s global footprint includes a wide-range of critical environments, including data centers, hospitals, manufacturing, and military environments.

“BGIS is a great fit for Cormant. I’ve been impressed with their commitment to delivering solutions to customers operating in the global data center and IT infrastructure management environments”, said Paul Goodison, Cormant Founder, and CEO. “BGIS has shown a strong, long-term commitment to their customers, something that is at the very heart of Cormant’s success. I am looking forward to joining forces with BGIS and see them as an ideal home for Cormant’s customers, people, and technology.”

BGIS is on a mission to create a global, technically led, pure-play Integrated Facility Management (IFM) business, and present our customers with the most comprehensive suite of services in the industry. “Enabling our services and our customer’s businesses with industry-leading software and technologies is a foundational element for BGIS,” said Mark Marquis, President, BGIS US and Europe. “We are excited to have Paul and his team join BGIS and partner with us to expand our suite of offerings and capabilities to support and enable our Critical Environments and Infrastructure customers.”

About Cormant

Cormant has been an expert at IT infrastructure management software for the data center (DCIM) and beyond since 2001. Cormant’s unprecedented ease-of-use has delivered DCIM success to hundreds of customers. Cormant is the leading DCIM solution provider for global enterprise data centers, co-location sites, IoT, and campus infrastructure. Cormant’s solutions are sold globally with customers and partners on six continents encompassing all industries.

About BGIS

BGIS is a global leader in the provision of facility management, project delivery, energy & sustainability, asset management, workplace advisory, and real estate services. With a combined team of more than 8,000 employees globally, BGIS relentlessly focuses on delivering innovative technology-enabled service solutions that create value for its clients. Globally, BGIS manages more than 35,000 facilities totaling more than 400 million square feet across several markets including Cloud Enterprise, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Government, Higher Education, Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Healthcare. In addition to managing a diverse portfolio of corporate offices, retail, colleges, hospitals and industrial assets, BGIS is a world leader in the management of data centres and other critical environments. For more information about BGIS please visit http://www.bgis.com

Media Inquiries

For BGIS:
Stefanie Suglio
Marketing and Communications, BGIS
Stefanie.Suglio@bgis.com
+1 647-999-0219

For Cormant:
Joshua Sharon
pr@cormant.biz
+1 805 242 5310

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DCIM Helping Managing Critical IT Infrastructure in the Current Pandemic

By: Paul Goodison

I have been speaking to our global customers about the operational changes they have introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve also had the opportunity to hear a few analysts speak on best practices for data center operations during this time.

The universal approach appears to be keeping as many staff as possible away from the site, working remotely and leveraging onsite smart hands when available. Where team members do have to attend site, managers are ensuring social distancing and maintaining the smallest number of people working in the raised floor space possible. From a hygiene perspective, either in-house or external cleaning services are being used to clean and protect work areas regularly, and at least every shift. There does not appear to be any consensus on what, if any, cleaning to conduct inside the data center.

Our customers have told us how much help their DCIM solution has been during this disruption. It is enabling them to manage their data centers, co-location, and IOT sites while minimizing the need for physical access. One customer told us about automating what used to be a manual task of cycling power to a (dual-powered) server. This is usually a manual unplug process, as there are no trusted records of what PDU sockets a device is plugged in to. But with trusted, mobile captured connectivity records, devices outlets are cycled remotely from within DCIM, saving a person traveling to a site. Working to an incredibly tight deadline a healthcare trust who uses DCIM recently used Cormant-CS to manage the deployment of all the IT infrastructure to a new, pop-up, hospital that was constructed inside a convention center. All the equipment deployment and data outlet connectivity were planned, tracked and deployed to ensure everything was going to work the first time.

We have also seen customers use more of their DCIM then they have before. While using Cormant-CS to plan change is, pretty much, standard practice, not every customer uses the workflow engine. Workflow tasks help automate the planning process and allow for remote collaboration around the server, network, storage, infrastructure and facilities teams. By getting this right, down to the connections and even cables to use, some customers have been able to reduce the number of people that have to touch devices being deployed, reducing the potential infection risk to staff and the enterprise risk that is present if key personnel have to isolate and can’t work. It’s not just the deployment part that is easier with DCIM, directing smart hands, managing equipment receiving, knowing where equipment is and accessing it directly, is all much easier, and involves less physical interaction, when data is available on everyone’s smartphone and devices can be checked with just a barcode scan.

I’m proud of how Cormant-CS is keeping people safe, enterprises operational, and lowering the risk for both parties. One comment I received was, “I didn’t realize how much we relied on the data in Cormant DCIM until I had to work remotely, it’s been invaluable”.

If we can help you work better, please let me know. Cormant is fully operational, and with our remote deployment practices, we can get your data in a single repository quickly.

Stay Safe

Cormant DCIM Mobility Makes Asset Audits Work

In this blog post, Brad Beamish, Director of Consulting Services for Cormant, reviews why auditing is an essential part of a successful DCIM deployment.

The Equipment Validation Challenge

Cormant routinely manages DCIM deployments for customers where Cormant DCIM replaces an existing tool set for managing IT infrastructure.  In many cases, the current system (often spreadsheets and sometimes home-grown DB’s and other DCIM solutions) contains a partial record set of questionable accuracy.  Cormant works with customers to extract all usable data from the existing records. However, there will always be questions about the overall completeness and accuracy of the data.  When merging multiple data sources, floorplans and rack views, there are likely to be conflicts between the data sources and questions that only a physical visit to the rack can answer. This physical validation process takes effort but Cormant has refined unique online and offline mobility features over the past 17 years ensuring the validation can be completed quickly and accurately.

Asset Validation

Asset Validation should be an essential part of migrating data from customer data sources into a DCIM solution.  Existing records are usually partially accurate and provide a great starting place for DCIM deployments. However, the ultimate trust in the accuracy of the DCIM records can only be fully realized by physically validating every asset. The validation assures not only accurate asset data, but capacity data and, where required, power and data connectivity data.

Cormant Mobility Makes Validation Work

To audit the physical infrastructure, where possible Cormant leverages barcoded assets (most equipment has a barcode) with Cormant’s unique online and offline mobility. Cormant-CS supports the use of smartphones, tablets, and all-in-one Windows® and Android® barcode enabled mobile computers

Mobility gives the validation team complete freedom to physically stand in front of each rack and lookup or scan the barcode of each asset.  Once an asset is found, the user is presented with the existing data set for the asset.  Any physically observable data can be updated, things like RU location and Mounting Type.  Barcoded data can be easily scanned in if missing, like Serial Numbers or Asset tags. Newly found assets can be added using the same process.

Once the user updates and accepts the on-screen data, the asset’s Validation Date attribute is stamped with today’s date.   The screen is cleared, and the next asset is scanned, this is repeated until all assets have been scanned and validated. Key to this process is a one-touch per asset approach and once the data is verified or updated, it is available in the Cormant DCIM system with a record of who made the changes and when.

Once all racks are visited, the assets that still have no Validation Date stamped can be considered to be Missing Assets and moved to a holding space.

Cormant usually finds many new assets as part of this work, immediately improving the project’s ROI. The found rate varies, but is often in the 20 – 35% range, usually quite a surprise for the data center operator.

Validation Counters

To allow for easy tracking of the validation efforts, Asset Validation counters are configured at the Rack, Row and Site levels of the infrastructure and record;

  • Total Assets
  • Total Assets Unvalidated
  • Total Assets Validated

Rack totals are aggregated to the Row and then the Data Center to give an overall picture of the total assets and the total number of Validated/Unvalidated assets within the site.

Reporting

Validation count attributes are stored historically so that Project Managers and customers can track the progress of the validation process.  Historical reports detailing the Total Assets vs. the Total Assets Validated can offer insight to validation progress and the accuracy of the imported records set, clearly illustrating the number of assets that were missing and need to be added as part of the validation process.

In the example below, we started with 1,200 known assets and zero validated, but completed with a little over 1,600 assets, an approximate accuracy of initial data of 66%.

Conclusion

It is important to realize that a point in time audit is useless if the data are not kept up-to-date. Using a combination of Cormant workflow and the same mobility used in the audit, an ongoing change management process that captures future changes as they occur is simple to implement.

The crucial element provided by Cormant-CS is real-time access to all of the data, all of the time, for both read, update, and create. If a change is made, it is recorded at the same time. This provides a closed-loop change process and means users trust the Cormant-CS DCIM, which means it gets used. We look forward to discussing how we can help you migrate to Cormant-CS. Click here to be contacted.

DCIM Helping Managing Critical IT Infrastructure in the Current Pandemic

By: Paul Goodison (CEO)

I have been speaking to our global customers about the operational changes they have introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve also had the opportunity to hear a few analysts speak on best practices for data centre operations during this time.

The universal approach appears to be keeping as many staff as possible away from the site, working remotely and leveraging onsite smart hands when available. Where team members do have to attend site, managers are ensuring social distancing and maintaining the smallest number of people working in the raised floor space possible. From a hygiene perspective, either in-house or external cleaning services are being used to clean and protect work areas regularly, and at least every shift. There does not appear to be any consensus on what, if any, cleaning to conduct inside the data centre.

Our customers have told us how much help their DCIM solution has been during this disruption. It is enabling them to manage their data centres, co-location, and IOT sites while minimizing the need for physical access. One customer told us about automating what used to be a manual task of cycling power to a (dual-powered) server. This is usually a manual unplug process, as there are no trusted records of what PDU sockets a device is plugged in to. But with trusted, mobile captured connectivity records, devices outlets are cycled remotely from within DCIM, saving a person traveling to a site. Working to an incredibly tight deadline a healthcare trust who uses DCIM recently used Cormant-CS to manage the deployment of all the IT infrastructure to a new, pop-up, hospital that was constructed inside a convention centre. All the equipment deployment and data outlet connectivity were planned, tracked and deployed to ensure everything was going to work the first time.

We have also seen customers use more of their DCIM then they have before. While using Cormant-CS to plan change is, pretty much, standard practice, not every customer uses the workflow engine. Workflow tasks help automate the planning process and allow for remote collaboration around the server, network, storage, infrastructure and facilities teams. By getting this right, down to the connections and even cables to use, some customers have been able to reduce the number of people that have to touch devices being deployed, reducing the potential infection risk to staff and the enterprise risk that is present if key personnel have to isolate and can’t work. It’s not just the deployment part that is easier with DCIM, directing smart hands, managing equipment receiving, knowing where equipment is and accessing it directly, is all much easier, and involves less physical interaction, when data is available on everyone’s smartphone and devices can be checked with just a barcode scan.

I’m proud of how Cormant-CS is keeping people safe, enterprises operational, and lowering the risk for both parties. One comment I received was, “I didn’t realize how much we relied on the data in Cormant DCIM until I had to work remotely, it’s been invaluable”.

If we can help you work better, please let me know. Cormant is fully operational, and with our remote deployment practices, we can get your data in a single repository quickly.

Stay Safe

DCIM Made Easy – Case Study

DCIM Made Easy is the Topic of Conversation in the latest Cormant-CS Case Study Titled, “Small Team, Big Results”

Our newest Cormant case study titled “Small Team, Big Results”, is now available, showcasing the implementation and deployment process of Cormant-CS at an American-based global data analytics and risk management firm serving customers worldwide in insurance, energy, financial services and other specialized markets by providing data analytic insights to help make better more focused decisions that minimize risk and maximize value.

Cormant-CS was selected by the company after a thorough DCIM market evaluation and a key decision criteria was how straightforward and easy to use it was. The measured annual ROI for the project was approximately $70,000, including a saving of staff time estimated to be 1,300 hours per year.

As the customer project leader said, “Cormant-CS won’t solve the world’s problems but it certainly has solved our data center infrastructure management problem. This was DCIM made easy!” Gus, Data Center Manager.

 

Discover the Cormant Difference HERE

Cormant-CS Delivers Power Management Capabilities

The latest release of the Cormant-CS DCIM solution now includes additional out-of-the-box support for real time power and environmental queries.  With queried data available in Cormant-CS, users can configure reports, dashboards and alerts based on the desired threshold. 

Cormant includes support for the following PDU manufacturers: Server Technology, Geist, Raritan, Eaton, APC and Tripp Lite.  Cormant-CS queries power actual, in watts, for master and slave devices. Temperature and Humidity Values are also available if thermal probes are attached to the host PDU’s.

Cormant-CS comes preloaded with power actual aggregates to rack, row and data center levels to create a full picture of the power consumption.

 

 

 

 

Power aggregations can be used to calculate data center metrics such as PUE.  These values are stored historically for reporting and trending purposes.

 

 

 

 

Additional refinements to the out of box query offering are available to support additional data such a phase balancing, amperage and other user defined data points.  These refinements are based on the customer’s specific requirements, such as color-coded alerts and user specific dashboard widgets.

 

You can learn more at: www.cormant.com

Cormant-CS Announces Monthly Webinars

Spreadsheets to DCIM in 20 Minutes, is the first in a series of live, web based information sessions presented by Cormant Inc., the developers of Cormant-CS. This information session reviews how customers can get instant value from their existing spreadsheet records by importing these records into Cormant-CS. This session covers topics such as:

Reviewing typical spreadsheet records
Examining the normalization process
Performing asset data imports into Cormant-CS
Adding the imported racks to the plan in Cormant-CS
Creating user defined reports
Visualization of data on Dashboards
These sessions are limited to 20 attendees. To receive an invitation, please contact our Corporate Sales and Marketing department at sales@cormant.biz or enter your request to attend the next monthly webinar on our Contact Us feature.