With Release 8.0, data center infrastructure provider Sunbird Software has further optimized the user experience and security of its dcTrack DCIM solution. The company has added support for the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 authentication process; included drag-and-drop blade changes; and more.
SAML 2.0 support would enable a single sign-on (SSO) experience, allowing users to use one set of credentials (password, two-factor authentication, et cetera) to log into multiple tools such as dcTrack, ServiceNow, PagerDuty, Puppet, and Splunk. Since the user’s credentials never leave the identity provider server, such as Okta, there are fewer opportunities for identities to be breached or stolen.
New Licensing Options
Sunbird has also enhanced the all-inclusive cabinet-based licensing model of its data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software by now offering licensing options as small as a quarter-rack to accommodate new trends in infrastructure deployment models, such as edge computing and wall racks.
“We’re seeing greater deployments of edge, colocation, retail, and remote infrastructure,” said Herman Chan, President of Sunbird Software. “We have enhanced our licensing model to provide more granular options to support those types of deployments.”
Software Platform Refresh
Sunbird’s dcTrack release 8.0 also includes major infrastructure improvements to remain among the top DCIM software platforms on the market. Technology optimizations such as an operating system upgrade provide enhanced security, require less user maintenance, and support Sunbird’s model of ease of deployment which requires no additional licensing costs for SQL databases or other components.
Additional new features in Sunbird’s dcTrack 8.0 DCIM solution would include “improved ease-of-use.” It now has the ability to move blades across multiple chassis via drag-and-drop. It also has the ability to clone cabinets with internal power and data connections. Next to that, it provides enhanced automation with the ability to create, read, update, and delete power connections via RESTful APIs, as well as increased extensibility with the option to tag items for more meaningful reporting.