What Makes RaMP Different Than Other DCIM Products?
One of the issues that customers have with DCIM products is the lengthy time (and expense) to set up the product, in particular the capturing of detailed data for thousands of assets. In addition, manually entered data typically has a 10-15% error rate associated with it. RaMP’s ability to auto-discover detailed data at the device level greatly reduces setup time, cost and data inaccuracy. The level of detail is very good, by the way. Take a server, for example. We’ll capture the basic information, such as manufacturer, model, serial numbers, IP addresses and so on. We then take it a step further by capturing the hardware configuration (processor, memory, and disk drives) and can even map the connection from the server network card to the physical port on a switch or router. We’ll also capture the installed software, operating system and service packs and all of the virtual machines running on the box. If it’s a blade server, we’ll even tell you the slot in which the blade is installed.
Automated change management
RaMP can recognize changes such as hardware configuration (memory added, for example), software (installed or removed), virtual machine movement, network cables moved to another location, and so on. Yes, you should run all of these changes through the change management system, but RaMP will catch those that aren’t logged and can also verify the accuracy of a change. If a network cable was to be moved from physical port E8 to port E12, for example, we can verify that the change was properly made. RaMP manages change for both physical and virtual devices.
RaMP can also monitor the IT and Facility infrastructures. RaMP monitors from the device level up, so it can monitor server CPU, disk drive usage and server sensors such as power, temperature and fan speed. It can monitor power at the device, rack PDU, PDU, UPS, transfer switch and generator levels and send alerts on abnormal conditions. It can monitor cooling devices such as chillers, CRAC, CRAH and in-row cooling. It can monitor environmental sensors, both wired and wireless. The monitored data is reviewed in our data analytics engine and alarms can be triggered based on combinations of factors. This allows RaMP to detect potential failover issues before they occur.