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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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Panoramic Videoconference Camera Adds Human Perspective


Viewers get better view of remote locations through Altia's PanaCast, a tabletop device paired with software for digital pan and zoom.

Look left, look right, look closer -- would a videoconference be more useful if you could see things as naturally as if you were in the same room with the other participants? That's the theory behind a forthcoming gadget called the PanaCast, a panoramic camera designed to be set at eye level atop a conference table tripod. The device includes digital processing software that allows remote participants to pan and zoom through the scene it captures without the camera actually needing to move. The client software, which will be available for smartphones and tablets as well as PCs, allows each viewer to manipulate the scene independently of other participants. "It works the way people work in in-person meetings, where you're able to look around and use your peripheral vision," said Aurangzeb Khan, co-founder, president and CEO of Altia Systems, which developed the PanaCast. Read full story on The BrainYard

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