No Limits Software Expands BMS Capabilities in Their RaMP Data Center Management Platform

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No Limits Software has expanded their building management system (BMS) capabilities in their RaMP data center management platform, providing customers with a single platform for managing everything from virtual servers to IT (servers, network, storage) to Facilities (power, cooling, environmental).

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Customers can save thousands in services by using RaMP's easy to use user interface to create their own Modbus and BACnet interfaces.

No Limits Software has enhanced their RaMP DCIM (data center infrastructure management) solution to include expanded support for equipment typically monitored through a building management system. Through an easy to use user interface data center technicians can now add Modbus and BACnet registers to create their own custom device interfaces, saving thousands of dollars in services.

With the latest release RaMP also adds new dashboards for CRAHs, chillers, busways, breakers, transformers, and other facilities equipment.

RaMP supports SNMP, Modbus, and BACnet to allow direct monitoring and management of power and cooling equipment in the data center. It can manage power (rack PDU, PDU, UPS, ATS, Busways, Breakers, and Generators), cooling (chillers, CRAC, CRAH, and in-row cooling), and environmental monitors to allow visibility of the entire data center infrastructure through a single, easy to use system. RaMP will calculate Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to allow tracking of data center energy efficiency.

RaMP can receive SNMP traps from any IT or facilities devices to trigger alarms, and can also trigger alarms based on data polled from devices. Unlike many DCIM and BMS solutions which can only process SNMP traps from a limited set of hardware devices, RaMP supports traps from any device or application, including the automatic clearing of alarms which are no longer active. The automatic clearing of alarms allows the data center manager to focus on active alarms rather than sorting through a lengthy list and trying to determine which alarms are still meaningful. Users can modify the criticality of the event and also change the event text, to include specific site instructions, for example. The event text can incorporate any of the variables passed with the SNMP trap or obtained from the device.

RaMP can also act as a complementary solution to existing building management systems. RaMP can communicate with existing Liebert Sitescan or Tridium JACE controllers and talk to wireless sensors from Emerson (Therm-O-Disc), PacketPower, and RFCode. It can interface with 6Sigma CFD from Future Facilties. It can forward SNMP traps to other systems such as SolarWinds. It’s the only DCIM solution that can use plug-ins to talk to Oracle EM12c and is the only DCIM solution that can act as a Modbus master to allow other BMS systems to poll for cabinet power and environmental data from RaMP. RaMP's REST interface also allows other systems to pull any data from RaMP.

RaMP's flexibility allows it to be used as a stand-alone BMS, a full DCIM suite, or as a complementary addition to an existing BMS.

RaMP’s ability to auto-discover both IT and facilities equipment greatly reduces the time and cost for setup as well as significantly increasing the accuracy of the data. RaMP’s automated change management can also detect changes such as firmware and operating system upgrades, software installation, hardware modifications, and even network cable moves.

The RaMP solution provides the following benefits:

  • Auto-discovery of detailed information for both IT and facilities equipment
  • Power and environmental monitoring down to the device level
  • Server and virtual server monitoring
  • Automated change control to reduce MTTR and increase availability
  • Web services API for integration with other systems
  • PUE, DCiE and CADE energy management calculations
  • Accurate capacity planning data to help reduce stranded power and shutdown risks
  • Device type roll-up views for an easy way to quickly compare device performance
  • Workflow and task management

About No Limits Software

No Limits Software is a leading provider of data center management solutions, including asset and change management, capacity planning and real-time monitoring. Their RaMP DCIM solution allows you to more effectively manage your data center. RaMP eliminates the need for physical audits, dramatically reduces the time to find and repair equipment, improves system availability and increases data center energy efficiency by providing accurate real-time monitoring. No Limits Software solutions are fully scalable and all data is fully accessible via published web services API to allow you to easily integrate the solutions with your existing data center management platforms. Learn more about No Limits Software at http://www.nolimitssoftware.com

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