All data center asset management systems look great when the vendor shows them to you, but without a lot of work on your part, what have you really purchased? The problem is that most data center management systems require you to manually enter data for all of the assets in your data center. There are some obvious costs associated with this manual data collection, including the time and cost for the initial data collection and the ongoing time and cost to verify the data through physical auditing. Typical cost to collect the data is $15 or more for “readily visible” data and up to $100 for detailed configuration data. For an organization with thousands of servers, the initial data collection alone can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take months or even years to complete.
And when you’re done with the initial data collection, how accurate is it? According to a survey of the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) members, 85% accuracy rate for tracking IT assets is above average and a 90-95% rate is exceptional. If your organization has 1,000 servers, a 10% inaccuracy rate means as many as 100 servers will have inaccurate data recorded.
RAMP DCIM eliminates the manual data entry of IT assets by retrieving the detailed configuration data directly from the asset itself. RAMP DCIM utilizes multiple communication protocols – including SNMP, IPMI, WMI, WBEM, iLO, DRAC, ALOM, RSA, SSH and others – to gather and correlate the data. Rather than just collecting “readily visible” data – typically name, manufacturer, model, location and serial number – RAMP DCIM collects detailed configuration information. For a server, for example, RAMP DCIM collects hardware information (processor, memory, physical and logical drives), services, network interfaces, operating system, installed software, hosts and more. You can add your own user fields, attach documents such as user manuals or purchase orders, and search and report against one asset or a group of assets.
RAMP DCIM doesn’t stop there, however. It utilizes a sophisticated analytics engine to determine the relationships between devices. It can automatically determine network and power paths and which virtual machines and services are running on which systems. When used with an intelligent cabinet, RAMP DCIM can automatically tell you where the asset is located down to the rack U level and even tell you what outlet the asset is plugged into.