Nlyte Closes $12 Million To Help Data Centers Last Longer, Use Less Energy

Nlyte Software (formerly Global DataCenter Management) closed a $12 million series C investment led by NGEN Partners with Balderton Capital, Ruffer LLP and Montalcino Holdings participating in the round. The Menlo Park green IT company provides data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software and services.

Nlyte Software’s chief executive Jon Temple says, “We help data center managers with capacity planning, so there’s an efficient use of power, cooling and space, and optimal placement of data assets [within their facilities].”

Datacenter owners and managers can use nlyte to understand and predict: what’s in their ever-changing inventory of equipment; where every server or rack is located within their facilities; how systems that are run by this equipment may be effected as it is moved around; and how the data centers can be tweaked to operate more efficiently.

According to a new study from KTH’s Centre for Sustainable Communications, the global IT and telecom sector in 2007, defined in a way that excludes the impact of the increasingly digital media and entertainment sector, accounted for at least 1.3 percent of the world’s total greenhouse emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions from cloud computing alone are expected to triple by 2020, according to forecasts by Greenpeace.

DCIM solutions— like those offered by nlyte, Emerson Network Power, and Modius— reduce data center energy consumption by 20% on an annualized basis according to Gartner research. Nlyte’s website claims its software can extend the lifetime of an existing data center facility by 75% or about 5 years.

Nlyte sells to businesses that have 100 or more racks in their data centers. “We’ve only seen one data center in one hundred today taking advantage of this type of technology which represents a huge opportunity for us,” Temple said.

IDC researchers have counted more than 106,000 data centers of this size in operation today. Cloud computing, outsourcing and other trends are contributing to increased demand on existing data centers, and the build of new data centers, Temple says.

Nlyte plans to use its series C growth capital to market its services in North America, primarily, with some expansion plans in continental and Eastern Europe, and Asia-Pacific Rim. With the investment, NGEN’s managing director Rosemary Ripley, will join nlyte Software’s board of directors.