Avocent Data Center Planner

Taking data center operations to the next level

Formerly Avocent MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer software, this powerful new offering arms companies with the flexible monitoring and reporting needed to more effectively manage their data centers.

Where are you in the data center maturity model?
No matter where you find yourself–from scrambling to manage it all manually to overseeing multiple automated systems–there is always a better, improved level of efficiency to be reached. To effectively manage the physical infrastructure, organizations need a fully integrated solution that (at a minimum) tracks the physical infrastructure configuration, manages projects and calculates current capacity.

Introducing Avocent Data Center Planner
The Avocent Data Center Planner (formerly Avocent MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer software) is ready to help you shift from a reactive to proactive maturity level. Once in place, your organization will gain tremendous advantages and be better able to achieve consolidation, virtualization and energy efficiency goals.

Delivering unmatched visualization, insight and management capabilities
Data Center Planner is a visual infrastructure planning and management solution within the Emerson Network Power strategic framework for data center optimization. It provides data center management with accurate and complete information about where devices and equipment are located, their current capacities and their growth.

Comprehensive Visualization - Innovative graphics are dynamically updated as equipment is installed, decommissioned or moved within the infrastructure.

Plan with Confidence - Sophisticated modeling and predictive analysis capabilities (i.e., what-if scenarios) are easily created using a drag and drop interface. The project planning features help organizations stay organized and see the impact of changes before they occur, allowing them to prioritize activities and reduce the risk associated with changes.

Know Your Capacity - The unique rack timeline capabilities (offered only in Data Center Planner) offer insight into exactly when/how rack capacity (space, power, network) will be impacted by changes over time.

Know Your Inventory - The single repository eliminates the need for personnel to conduct labor-intensive audits and update multiple spreadsheets, freeing up resources and improving management efficiency.

Exchange Critical Data with Other Departments - The standardized API supports the exchange of data to allow businesses to share critical information across departments and enables strategic operations management and planning.

Add even more control: Integrate with DSView 3 management software.
Data Center Planner can be configured to work closely with DSView 3 management software, Power Manager plug-in and the hardware portfolio Avocent has to offer.

By leveraging the power of the Avocent portfolio and the associated infrastructure hardware, you have the ability to successfully manage your environment within the data center or around the globe.

No other vendor offers the combination of robust data center planning, change management and integration with the Avocent active infrastructure products.

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Features and Benefits

Inventory management

  • Know the physical location and attributes of all the equipment in a data center
  • Search for assets by their characteristics and their physical location 
  • Reduce the amount of time required to complete mandatory audits
  • Decrease unaligned inventory and avoid unnecessary maintenance costs 

Configuration management

  • Simplify planning and management with a complete model of the environment
  • Improve communication with a single source of truth for Facilities and IT
  • Reduce mean time to repair

Capacity tracking

  • Know the infrastructure capacities and align resources to meet the data center requirements 
  • Right-size the infrastructure and decrease costs associated with over-provisioning and risks associated with under-provisioning


  • Improve decision-making with comprehensive analytics 
  • Gain detailed insight into the infrastructure status and equipment managed

Intuitive visual interface

  • Enhance process efficiency and minimize system administration
  • At-a-glance infrastructure status and predictive modeling


Screen Shots & Reports

Data Center Planner screen shots are graphical pictures taken of the application functions. This may include the specific actions, functions and characteristics. It may also include whatever is being displayed by currently running programs.


Models the data center and tracks requirements for each piece of equipment. When it is time to install new assets, Data Center Planner provides recommendations for optimal placement.

Power Consumption Modeling

Extensive device library includes comprehensive power requirements and heat output data to accurately model consumption and load risks.

Listings of all assets with a “click of a button,” presented in multiple formats.
The ONLY Solution with Visual Planning Capabilities

Innovative calendar features allow you to view the impacts of change before committing resources.
Limit physical access to data center floors.
Technical Specifications

Software Requirements


  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5.4 (32-bit)
  • Red Hat Linux RPM Packages - libXext, libXtst, libXi, xorg-x11-apps, xorg-x11-xauth
  • Hardware - Single-core Pentium 4 CPU @ 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM, 8GB free hard disc space

NOTE: Specialized versions of Microsoft Windows Server such as SMB Server and Storage Server are not supported.

NOTE: When the Avocent server is on Windows Server 2008 with Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) enabled, which is the default, port 8443 and 8092 must be open for remote computers to run the application.


  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP3 (32-bit support only)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista® Business SP2
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 (Flash Player 10 is not supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but the non-debug version supports both Windows and Linux.)
  • Hardware - Single-core Pentium 4 CPU @ 2.8GHz, 1GB RAM, LAN Connection

Supported Browsers

  • Firefox® 3
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 9

Network Connection

For use over wide area network (WAN), a connection of 1.5 MB or more and network latency less than 150 ms is required.

Other Software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Excel® 2003
  • Crystal Reports® 2008 or 2011 (optional)

The minimum resolution required for Data Center Planner is 1024x768. At this resolution, it is necessary to view the application in full-screen mode.

NOTE: If Microsoft Office is not installed on the client, you can only save floor plans as All Files(*.*). Floor plans export properly, but the file does not get an extension, which makes Excel software hesitant to open it. The file name should have the .xls extension.

Supported Database Types

  • PostgreSQL - This is an object-relational database management system and can be used, modified and distributed by anyone free of charge for any purpose. Version 8.2 is used if the application is upgraded to a newer version. Version 8.4.2 is installed if the application is a new installation.
  •  Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - This is a comprehensive, integrated data management and analysis software that enables organizations to reliably manage information and confidently run complex business applications.
  • Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 (64 bit)

Minimum System Recommendations







Processor: Single core Pentium 4

Speed:2.8 GHz


Standard desktop configuration



Processor: Dual core Intel Xeon processor, 4MB cache

Speed:1.87GHz or greater

4GB or greater

SATA class I/O consistent with RAID 5 using 7200 rpm drives

Application Server and DBMS on separate machines

Hardware requirements are identical for both

Ordering Details

Software Part Numbers

Description Part Number
Level 1 Perpetual License for 1-49 floor standing assets DCP-L1-49-V030
Level 2 Perpetual License for 50-99 floor standing assets DCP-L2-99-V030
Level 3 Perpetual License for 100-249 floor standing assets DCP-L3-249-V030
Level 4 Perpetual License for 250-999 floor standing assets DCP-L4-999-V030
Level 5 Perpetual License for 1000-1249 floor standing assets DCP-L5-1249-V030
Level 6 Perpetual License for 1250-2499 floor standing assets DCP-L6-2499-V030
Level 7 Perpetual License for 2500-3749 floor standing assets DCP-L7-3749-V030
Level 8 Perpetual License for 3750-5999 floor standing assets DCP-L8-5999-V030
Level 9 Perpetual License for 6000-12499 floor standing assets DCP-L9-12499-V030
Level 10 Perpetual License for 12500-25000 floor standing assets DCP-L10-25000-V030


Software Maintenance Part Numbers

Description Part Number
Silver Support for 1-49 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV49-DCP
Silver Support for 50-99 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV99-DCP
Silver Support for 100-249 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV249-DCP
Silver Support for 250-999 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV999-DCP
Silver support for 1000-1249 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV1249-DCP
Silver Support for 1250-2499 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV2499-DCP
Silver Support for 2500-3749 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV3749-DCP
Silver Support for 3750-5999 floor standing assets SCNT-1YSLV5999-DCP
Silver Support for 6000-12499 floor standing assets SCNT-1YS12499-DCP
Silver Support for 12500-25000 floor standing assets SCNT-1YS25000-DCP
Gold Support for 1-49 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD49-DCP
Gold Support for 50-99 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD99-DCP
Gold Support for 100-249 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD249-DCP
Gold Support for 250-999 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD999-DCP
Gold Support for 1000-1249 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD1249-DCP
Gold Support for 1250-2499 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD2499-DCP
Gold Support for 2500-3749 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD3749-DCP
Gold Support for 3750-5999 floor standing assets SCNT-1YGLD5999-DCP
Gold Support for 6000-12499 floor standing assets SCNT-1YG12499-DCP
Gold Support for 12500-25000 floor standing assets SCNT-1YG25000-DCP