Nlyte DCIM is a popular data center infrastructure management tool, but it becomes even more powerful with RF Code CenterScape integration. This blog explores why your Nlyte DCIM alone doesn’t cut it—and how paired with an active RFID solution can reach new heights.
If you’ve installed a Nlyte DCIM, you’ll be interested to learn how the Nlyte integration module for RF Code can boost functionality. This connector joins RF Code’s leading asset-tracking technology with Nlyte’s data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software.
This powerful combination will provide you with automatic real-time asset location—with 99.9% tracking accuracy. Data flows in both directions, whereby RF Code’s platform automatically keeps Nlyte asset location data up to date in real-time and consistent with the reality on your data center floor, storage, and decommissioning rooms. The connection occurs through a reliable application programming interface (API) connection.
RF Code uses active radio frequency identification (RFID), the most advanced data center asset monitoring technology. Wire-free and active sensor tags transmit your assets’ precise location in real-time (automatically every 10 to 30 seconds); syncing this information with your Nlyte DCIM ensures that your DCIM always contains data matching the physical location of IT assets.
You can customize the connector as necessary. For instance, you can select which asset attributes from your Nlyte DCIM to sync with RF Code. You can also choose the schedules for synchronization—in both directions.
The Nlyte integration module for RF Code is one of the most popular Nlyte connectors in use today. Many of the largest financial and healthcare companies in the world that want to boost the performance of Nlyte have integrated the Nlyte and RF Code connector.
Why is Your Nlyte DCIM Not Enough
While data center infrastructure management software is important, it’s not enough to achieve almost 100% asset tracking accuracy in real-time. As useful as DCIM is, it’s only as effective as the data it’s fed. From inaccurate data to human error, there are some things a DCIM just can’t do natively. So, what’s the solution when your DCIM alone isn’t enough?
A common problem affecting all DCIM systems is human error. Without a source of automated data, an employee may be tasked with feeding data into the DCIM by hand. Aside from wasting expensive time and lowering morale, this also poses a risk of inaccuracy simply by virtue of the method.
When employees manually insert asset location data into their Nlyte DCIM, the data goes stale almost immediately. We call this point-in-time data. Once a server is moved, that data is now useless and, in fact, will mislead decision-making. Hundreds of assets can be moved within a few weeks —with or without authorization—and the DCIM will not automatically keep up with the volume of changes unless it is integrated with a real-time, automated tracking solution like RF Code.
DCIMs experience a similar automated, real-time accuracy challenge with environmental conditions around assets. Data centers need to measure the temperature, humidity, and other hardware variables, and be alerted in real-time when thresholds change. If any of these variables exceeds a desired threshold, it can damage the hardware. Many DCIMs do not provide these tools out of the box and integrate RF Code’s active environmental sensor network to feed the DCIM accurate, reliable data automatically.
Similarly, a DCIM typically does not natively track your power consumption at the rack or server level automatically and in real-time. For cost-effectiveness, safety, and enhanced sustainability, monitoring power use at the rack and server levels is important. DCIM performance can be boosted with more accurate and consistent data inputs.
All these limitations of your DCIM highlight the need for a more reliable critical asset data source. It should automatically collect the data, synchronizes with your DCIM, and flag inconsistencies between the data sets.
Nlyte DCIM Integration With RF Code CenterScape: How Does It Work?
The Nlyte Integration Module connects your Nlyte DCIM with RF Code’s CenterScape software. This technology uses Nlyte’s “Asset Sync Framework” to send data back and forth. The location of an asset you insert into Nlyte automatically goes to CenterScape; CenterScape then automatically alerts you to any discrepancies with its own data.
CenterScape draws on its sensors to detect the physical location of your assets—down to the rack level. This lets the system tell you precisely whether your Nlyte DCIM has the right location data. You can see live dashboards and automated reports that identify all assets not physically in the locations you inserted into Nlyte.
If you see any misplaced assets, you can either insert the correct location into Nlyte or physically move the asset to the Nlyte location—either approach reconciles the two systems. CenterScape continuously tracks all physical location movements, documenting the dates and times.
Automation improves performance, and integration contributes to automation. Integrating Nlyte DCIM with RF Code CenterScape keeps your data accurate in real-time.
You can also integrate RF Code technology with building management systems (BMS) and IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions. Automating the connections among data center technologies enhances your speed and accuracy.
Benefits of Nlyte Integration With RF Code CenterScape
Combining the strengths of Nlyte DCIM with RF Code CenterScape produces fast, accurate, and cost-effective results. This combination fixes the problems data centers face with manual processes.
Using the power of RF Code’s active RFID sensors, you’ll automatically eliminate costly mishaps when your Nlyte DCIM stores the wrong location for IT assets. As stated by a USAA DCIM Admin, “I don’t ever want to explain to my VP that an infrastructure management tool that we’re spending $100K a year on is not accurate enough.” Incorrect DCIM data can contribute to loss, theft, data breaches, and poor asset utilization.
IT hardware that doesn’t work for you also has indirect costs. If you’ve assigned resources—such as physical space, power, and cooling—to a server that isn’t working, that also prevents you from using these resources for a functional server.
The benefits of integration come not just from sending RF Code data to Nlyte. With your Nlyte DCIM data automatically sent into CenterScape, the facility’s floor arrangement makes sense in this software. You can see within a dashboard where all the servers should be and whether they’re present and in good condition.
Nlyte DCIM integration with RF Code CenterScape works even for large deployments with data centers on different continents. You can easily see—and reconcile—thousands of expensive assets, with complete documentation of their every physical move. That’s what RF Code delivers: complete IT asset tracking. It simplifies audits and dramatically improves regulatory compliance.
Boost Your Nlyte DCIM with RF Code
RF Code offers the leading asset tracking and environmental monitoring solution for data centers. It’s the ideal match for your Nlyte DCIM, the dominant package for managing data center infrastructure. Integrate these two technologies for real-time automated inventory of all your IT devices.
To learn how RF Code CenterScape can bolster your Nlyte DCIM, contact us for a demo!