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Panduit and Gartner Unite to Spread Message, Vision for Smart Data Centers
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October 21, 2009

Panduit and Gartner Unite to Spread Message, Vision for Smart Data Centers

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

As data continues to multiply and customers demand more bandwidth, enterprises have to be able to deploy new applications and technologies to support their client expectations.  These are some of the trends driving Panduit’s vision for a unified physical infrastructure in the data center. Getting that message out to the larger community is what is at the core of the company’s relationship with industry leading advisor, Gartner (News - Alert).

In a recent interview with Mike Pula, analyst relations manager at Panduit, he explained the parallel message that’s been unfolding and the synergy the two have been building over the past 18 months in terms of promoting the need for a unified physical infrastructure.
“Gartner is well-respected in enterprises, and a lot of people turn to them for help with their buying decisions in addition to creating a future vision for their data centers. Panduit has also played a strategic role in helping customers to build out their physical infrastructures for well over 50 years. The combination of Gartner and Panduit is helping to reinforce and cement what I would call both the physical and logical layer influence,” Pula said. “As Gartner is talking about influences with respect to data center consolidation, virtualization and scalability, Panduit is reinforcing that message and guiding the community to promote the foundational layer.”
For the past year-and-a-half, Panduit has partnered with Gartner on a number of forums, and will be a platinum sponsor of Gartner’s upcoming Data Center Summit in December for the second year in a row. The summit will focus on issues such as optimizing IT costs, improving the quality of IT services, maximizing productivity from existing applications systems and services, and aligning the data center culture with the business at large.
Panduit is engaged in other Gartner-sponsored activities including their analyst ventures, according to Pula.
"Having Panduit present at the Gartner events to socialize aspects of the foundational layer concepts and the overall Unified Physical Infrastructure vision that we’re promoting, not only reinforces our relationship with Gartner, but underlines our ability to provide continuity between Gartner and  Panduit’s vision,” he said.
As Panduit is looking at promoting standards with respect to physical infrastructure, the Tinley Park, Ill.-based company is also striving to “holistically” bring the aspect of data transport, energy conservation, cooling, power and cost into alignment so that all of those factors can work in unison.
With the economy stabilizing, Panduit’s UPI vision message will become that much stronger, Pula said, underscoring that today’s business climate is an ideal time for companies to ready themselves for the opportunities that exist on the horizon in the new economy.
“As the economy is stabilizing, now is really the time for all customers to plan on laying out their physical infrastructure by promoting future proofing, consolidation efforts, additional storage and computing power,” said Pula. “The time is now to capitalize on this new economy as we pull ourselves out of the doldrums, to be able to look at that physical infrastructure and to be able to make the necessary bets and place the necessary purchases for future growth. Because as we emerge from this, companies that are doing that well are going to be successful in being able to capitalize on the new capabilities and get a jumpstart on the new economy."

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