Traditionally data center managers only needed to manage power and power backup systems, maintain cooling, manage space and plan for expansion. As the data center industry faces off with competition from public cloud service providers, the need for extreme efficiency, higher availability and accurate decision making tools has never been greater. Today’s data center managers require access to tools that provide a business-, cost- and service- oriented view of the data center in addition to the traditional infrastructure view.
Furthermore, as data centers expand and grow, data center managers have to deal with hundreds if not thousands of infrastructure devices from many different vendors, each communicating via a different protocol. A common side effect is that the number of management tools needed to manage these devices grows to a handful in a very short period of time which creates an interoperability nightmare for data center operators and managers.
In the traditional sense, RAMP DCIM manages and monitors the facilities side of the data center: power, cooling and space. A data center’s space and environment metrics are tracked and managed, and any alarms or alerts are quickly communicated to many of the management software that RAMP DCIM integrates with. As RAMP DCIM is vendor agnostic, it can communicate with almost any data center technology vendor device, and already has a deep understanding of over 10,000 devices in its database.
Conversely, RAMP DCIM connects the business side of operating a data center to the facilities side. A data center manager can for example, quickly get a report on which of the older servers are consuming most power and seek to replace them with more energy efficient ones. RAMP DCIM’s “Custom Properties” and “Logical Groups” allow the data center manager an unprecedented and completely customizable insight into both the capital and running costs of the data center. By using “Logical Groups” a data center manager can calculate the cost of networking services, storage services and the like. RAMP DCIM also enables the data center manager to quickly evaluate what if scenario’s such as maintenance on a UPS and what devices will be impacted during this maintenance period. Similarly, RAMP DCIM can present impact tables on network devices.