About Nlyte DCIM
A Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in 2014, 2015, 2016, Nlyte has the largest and most sophisticated DCIM implementations in the world.
Very customizable, however you have to customize about everything. Nice idea for a product, but poorly implemented, worsely supported and highly over priced.
Steep learning curve if no experience with DCIM. The initial set-up is a bit confusing and should be a streamlined as possible.
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Take the Time to Make Your Job Easier
Comments: Nlyte has revolutionized my day to day work and made communications and simple data requests so much easier. The efforts to load the Nlyte with data was a significant challenge, but was absolutely worth every moment spent. Training is recommended for effective use, because Nlyte in not immediately intuitive to use in all its modules. While some may consider this a con, I considerate it a feature as protecting the integrity of the Nlyte database is a major concern and Nlyte walks a line between ease of use protecting data from changes by a novice.
Nlyte provides a comprehensive source to help me answer all of the questions that customers ask involving data center services. Mundane asset information is easily searchable, while diagrams and pictures are immediately available to facilitate descriptions to customers who may never actually set foot in the data center. Nlyte is a resources that has improved the communication of my enterprise for every person that needs to know anything about physical hardware to get a task done.
Loading the data that Nlyte will use is a significant undertaking. While Nlyte provides this as a service, security concerns kept my enterprise from taking advantage. At least 1200 hundred man-hours were spent to load the information from 10,000 assets, just to give an idea of the scope of implementing this solution.
Reasons for Choosing Nlyte DCIM: The homemade java-script program that was previously used proved the facility of a comprehensive data base of the data center, so that my bosses would pay for a professional tool.
Reasons for Switching to Nlyte DCIM: Research and peer reviews were the biggest contributors to choosing Nlyte, but the addition modules that will link VMware and Remedy put Nlyte over the top.
DCIM, Promices kept and a quatum increase in removing the curtains of data center mysteries.
Comments: The level of data collection required is a few orders of magnitude higher and the effort to collect was anticipated and has greatly improved our current processes in going to a digital development posture versus having to make trips into the hosting centers and reduced our associated risk.
once acclimated, you can see through the various tables how your hosting center is built from a micro level. Power from the Utility down to the switched outlet with audit trails, to all the interdependencies of the loaded software, data connections and management with move plan-o-grams to give the techs.
As with most of these applications it is very cerebral in being able to visualize your environment in the forms presented, initial user training is a real paradigm shift for those who don't live in the cabinets. If it had a graphical drag and drop creation methodology that would help a lot toward user intuitiveness of operation. Wish list? direct DWG import for rooms would be nice.
Reasons for Choosing Nlyte DCIM: We outgrew the capabilities and did not want to invest in the development and continued maintenance to better match our changing needs.
Reasons for Switching to Nlyte DCIM: it was the most mature of those we looked at and also best matched our needs from a floor modeling and business operations with the least amount of current process interdiction
Overpriced, mediocre product with poor support
Comments: This software is overpriced. Nice idea, poorly implemented and even more poorly supported.
Very customizable, however you have to customize about everything. Nice idea for a product, but poorly implemented, worsely supported and highly over priced
Support has a slow response time. Everything has to be customized and support is not much help. Manuals are poorly written. If you have a problem, they might call it a feature request and it will never get looked at again. If you see something in their demos, it will probably cost another 50k. They like to charge and overcharge for everything. If you make the mistake of buying this product, you will need an internal team to support it for all the "tweaking" and verifying that will need to be done to actually use the product. Highly NOT recommended
Brought us into the light
Comments: The system our service provider uses to track our data center assets is very antiquated and poorly built in-house. Adopting Nlyte brought us into the 21st-century by giving us the tools and capabilities that should be standard across the industry for all data center service providers and colocation customers.
The ease of visualizing our data center assets to customers and administrators offsite, and tracking our cabling configuration between the assets.
Either there’s no ability to open a new service request through Nlyte directly from the asset page, or it’s not intuitive to see how that could be enabled.
Alternatives Considered: Sunbird DCIM
Reasons for Choosing Nlyte DCIM: Nlyte gave us essential capabilities and tools that weren’t available but desperately needed from our in-house solution.
Reasons for Switching to Nlyte DCIM: Instead of providing an API to build our own connectors between applications, Nlyte offered the software solutions themselves.
Best DCIM tools on the market.
Comments: I would recommend this tools to any company interested in getting a complete CMDB tool. I would suggest that they speak to other customers using the product to get a real view on what Nlyte can provide. I seen the other negative review and I am not sure they received the good review of the product line. I also would like to say that Nlyte is not like the big players offering the same solutions. They are able to provide better support and updates quicker than the larger player in the industry. I like that I can speak to the CTO of the company at any time and share my ideas and feedback.
I have been a Nlyte customer for over 5 years and I am using it's asset management and environmental monitoring tools (NAO & NEO). I have both integrated into my CMBD allowing me to pass CI data and providing updated records for ticket resolution. I like the easy of use related to customizing the applications. I also find the support to be very responsive and knowledgeable.
Would like to see easier integration related to API configuration. I have seen other apps and they also have the same challenge.
Nlyte in use
Comments: It is stable and reliable. However, it sometimes presents a mountain to climb when trying to gain usage of deeper held features. I think, too, response may be impacted by the workload that underlies Windows 10. This would reflect negatively on Nlyte.
Scope and completeness of feature coverage
Too often instructions and tips are written from the point of view of personnel very familiar with the inner working and technology behind the product. This shows up as acronyms not explained, or inconsistency in terminology usage. A terminology analogy would be to be directed to click on a button named "James" but finding only buttons named "Jim" and "Joe". This happens too often in many places other than Nlyte. as well. The user interface must be written from the point of view of a naive first time user. This is the most rapid path to User product acceptance.
Comments: My experience with Nlyte from implementation to ongoing support has been great. We have been a customer for 5 years now and I don't have a bad think to say about the organization.
The ability to manage our own implementation and make additions and changes without outside help is a big selling point. As a colo facility our environment is constantly changing and the flexibility of this software makes a big difference for us.
I would like to see more training and/or ability to create custom reporting.
Comments: Converting from previous DCIM tool was painful. After the conversion, the users are content with it. Many wish we could revert to previous tool but others see Nlyte as a good tool. Overall, it costs a bit more than than it should, given the value it provides.
Main page search feature. Integrates with our ticketing/CMDB tool
Conversion was very painful. Some data was not populated correctly, other data was dropped.
Great flexibility but needs more
Comments: Nlyte is a great and useful product, but it could be so much more than it is
I like how I am able to modify a lot of areas to fit my needs
I wish there was more that I can modify, for example I would like to be able to change the titles of fields, I would like to be able to change the shape of the tiles, I would like to create custom dashboards that would appear IN nlyte, so that people didn't have to go somewhere else to see the dashboard, and I wish I could create multiple assets at one time, especially if they are all the same material.
Comments: Good so far, but definitely needs improvement
Using the search function is easy, and allows you to quickly move assets around. The visualization/power monitoring are useful for planning and allow users to quickly identify gaps in their respective programs
Steep learning curve if no experience with DCIM. The initial set-up is a bit confusing and should be a streamlined as possible. Need a better bulk update system along with reporting
Head and shoulders above the rest
Comments: Nlyte has made a big impact on the way our company manages data center migrations and management. Being able to show business owners a 3D model of their racks, along with the monitoring of power, space, heat and available U space, adds confidence and allows migrations to happen with fewer reservations.
Nlyte gives administrators the ability to update changes in bulk, allowing for large datasets to be created in minutes or hours rather than days or weeks. I was able to map the power chain (UPS-Generator-PDU-Panel-beakers-circuits-receptacles-rack power strips) for a large data center in about an hour. Global data center migrations are now much easier than before, when spreadsheets were the norm.
I'd like to see better integration between the NAO and NEO GUIs. If it were one seamless GUI, and the NEO monitoring functions were more intuitive, that would be a huge win. NEO can be a daunting GUI to get working correctly.
Data Center Tool Nlyte
Comments: The staff at Nlyte are great to work with. They all are very professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate their patience and knowledge. We intend to expand our use of this tool and I'm looking forward to that making my life as a Data Center Technician easier.
We are currently using this DCIM tool in multiple Data Centers and there are many more feature than we need. NAO Asset Management is great for knowing where devices are located so that we can respond quickly if there is an issue.
There is a lot of data needed to set up this tool. You need to have up to date accurate asset and physical site information and you need to be very detailed. We did have some difficulty finding the time setting this up as it is time consuming to do so. I would recommend having Nlyte come out and do it for you.
The Infrastructure software i didnt know i needed
Comments: asset maintenance, space availability, project planning
it can track EVERYTHING and can show it to you graphically, devices, servers, racks, environmental controls, power, networking.
i wish there were a home version i could get.
Simple and Easy
Nlyte gives our Infra team to have visual view of DC floors
And best part is the efficient lifecycle management of assets
We had no previous DC management tool in use and were completely relying over complex excel sheet management. With transforming DC management through Nlyte we reached a simple, easy and accurate data management. Out of many, the most impressive feature I found is Nlyte Asset Optimizer (NAO) that makes asset lifecycle management very efficient.
3D view edit lock button is something our users usually and repeatedly miss. I wish there is a different presentation for users to know when they can and when they cannot edit it.
Nlyte for Asset Management
Comments: Nlyte was a vital tool for our Configuration Management Database. Since the information was provided directly from the Data Center Operators we were able to cross reference the data information in Nlyte with other sources that we had on hand
The ability to see a rack configuration is key. You can view the individual components of a storage shelf. You can also view the attributes of each component
There were some issue when we attempted to export data from Nlyte to an excel document.
Comments: for now I can use nlyte to monitor the situation of spaces, power and wiring of a small part of the data center
I am quite happy with the nlyte product, even if to use it at its best, there is an need for an efficient organization of people who keep everything up to date.
I wish it was faster in its use and a little more "smart"
LOC / Nlyte
Service Now / CMDB, and Power management
Nothing - Complete end 2 end DCIM product
DataCenter and me
Comments: Overall this product has helped us and i am liking it.
Although the product is more complicated, but its easy to use. We still need to use all of the features but for now it has helped us a lot in maintaining the database of equipment we have in the data center.
Bulk loading is still complicated and need to be improved making it more user friendly. Network connections are major part of the DC, can this be made more simple.
Very poweful DCIM tool
Comments: Data center management and provisioning workflow.
Bulk Data manager is a great feature as well as cabinet planner.
Could be little difficult for new users.
Good product but more advanced features needed
It is easy to use with intuitive installation and graphics.
I would like too see integration with PLCs and SCADA for better use.
Fast and responsive. Easy to understand and use.
Requires quite a lot manpower initially to get most of the software .
first time user
ease of use and installation. it was a lot easier than expected
it's pretty comprehensive but could use some more detailed options
Comments: very good
Ease of defining devices, integrating devices, keeping visual representation of different performance aspects of data center site
everything is good just takes time to get used to it.