Avocent Data Center Planner vs. IntelliMagic Vision for SAN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Avocent Data Center Planner
Score 7.3 out of 10
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Avocent Data Center Planner, from Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power) is software solution providing a visual infrastructure planning and management tool within Vertiv’s strategic framework for data center optimization. Data Center Planner is designed to provide accurate and complete information about device and equipment locations, as well as current capacities and projected growth.N/A
IntelliMagic Vision for SAN
Score 8.5 out of 10
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IntelliMagic Vision is multi-vendor SAN performance, capacity, and configuration analytics solution that uses domain specific artificial intelligence as well as statistical analysis to accurately assess the health of your VMware, Fabric and Storage infrastructure in order to proactively identify potential risks in your infrastructure as well as quickly resolve current risks through topology embedded root cause drill downs. IntelliMagic Vision's AI-driven analytics…N/A
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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7.3
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User Testimonials
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Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power)
Avocent Data Center Planner is well suited in helping us to capacity plan our data center, increase operations efficiency and keep track of available patch and switch ports. We are able to visually view wherein our data centers are underutilized and more importantly over-utilized. We can also follow the path of the cross-connects from one object to another visually providing us another troubleshooting tool in our datacenter. Previously we had Excel spreadsheets with this information and it's can be confusing to follow compared to a visual representation that Avocent Data Center Planner provides.
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IntelliMagic
One of our SAN switches was experiencing high utilization and we were able to determine which slot and port on the switch was the problem using Intellimagic's reporting feature showing the top x utilization ports. IntelliMagic Vision for SAN reporting provided granular level data making it easy to work on the problem at hand.
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Pros
Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power)
  • Avocent Data Center Planner gave us an overview of our data center without the need to be physically there to perform an audit.
  • We can visually map out and trace the cross-connect a device or server is using without a need of remote hands to trace the cable.
  • It provides us the ability to capacity plan our data center. Giving us the ability to see what space is under or over-utilized and formulate a plan to adjust to correct it.
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IntelliMagic
  • Performance metrics for multiple vendors and equipment models
  • Stability and reliability of the system
  • Ease of report creation
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Cons
Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power)
  • The library of objects we can use in Avocent Data Center Planner needs to be expanded. There are times the server object we need is not available in the library.
  • A more efficient way to connect objects together. It's way too easy to delete a connection mapping, a dialogue box asking if the connection should be deleted would be nice. I've accidentally deleted a connection before and it's annoying that I need to redo it.
  • The ability to import diagrams into Avocent Data Center Planner would be nice. We have Visio diagram of racks and to utilize that instead of recreating it would help speed up the build in of a datacenter in the product.
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IntelliMagic
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Alternatives Considered
Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power)
Avocent Data Center Planner was far and away better than utilizing Microsoft Visio to manage our data center infrastructure. It provides us a centralized location for all information about our data center from the location of racks, to the devices in them, the device connections, etc. While Microsoft Visio can emulate the rack and device piece of Avocent Data Center Planner, it can't replicate its ability to provide the device connections. We have previously used Excel for that. Having one place for all of that information is also a plus for Avocent Data Center Planner, increasing the efficiency of our data center operations compared to using Microsoft Visio.
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IntelliMagic
Broadcom SANnav is being used as well but it has a different scope of features
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Return on Investment
Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power)
  • A positive ROI on Avocent Data Center Planner allows us to improve our infrastructure planning by giving a visual representation of our data center so we can see where we can set up new equipment in the future.
  • Another positive ROI is, we can visualize wherein our data center we are either over-utilized or underutilized increasing the efficiency of our operations.
  • A further positive ROI is the complete record of device connections eliminated the need for remote hands to trace patch connections for troubleshooting purposes.
  • Finally having one place to view information on our data center is also a positive ROI. This has increased our operations' ability to manage our data center.
  • A negative ROI is the amount of time required to set up Avocent Data Center Planner. We had to start from scratch and recreate the Visio diagrams we already had.
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IntelliMagic
  • Eliminated multiple reporting sources and consolidated to one
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ScreenShots

IntelliMagic Vision for SAN Screenshots

Screenshot of NetApp FAS DSS Minicharts - this dashboard shows key performance metrics for NetApp FAS family storage systems. Clicking on each dashboard takes you to the larger reportScreenshot of SVC Tier Dashboard minicharts showing the key performance metrics for the SVC TierScreenshot of Disk Storage System Rated Dashboard showing DS8000 and V7000 storage systems with warnings and exceptionsScreenshot of Capacity Dashboard showing capacity growth, DSS Free Capacity, Storage Pool Free Capacity and  Tier Free CapacityScreenshot of Read and Write Throughput for EMC VMAXScreenshot of Front End Response Time for EMC VNX