Online DiagramWhat is a BMS?

A Building Management System (BMS) is typically a hardware-based system utilizing Modbus, BACnet, OPC, LonWorks or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) communication protocols to monitor and control the building mechanical and electrical equipment. These are often custom-built systems priced on the number of individual data points being monitored (a data point might be the output load on a UPS or the return temperature on a computer room air conditioner unit). In some cases, the BMS system is extended into the data center to monitor and control power and cooling equipment.


RAMP DCIM 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 you to see your entire data center infrastructure through a single, easy to use system. RAMP DCIM will calculate Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE) to allow you to track the energy efficiency of your data center.

RAMP DCIM can receive SNMP traps from any IT or facilities devices to trigger alarms, and can also trigger alarms based on data polled from device. Unlike many DCIM and BMS solutions which can only process traps from their own hardware devices, RAMP DCIM supports traps from any device or application, including the automatic clearing of alarms which are no longer active. While all alarms will be logged through RAMP DCIM, 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.

What if I already have a BMS?

Don’t worry, RAMP DCIM is a complementary solution to your existing BMS. You don’t have to rip out everything you’ve already put together. RAMP DCIM can communicate with your existing Liebert Sitescan or Tridium JACE controllers. It can communicate with 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. It’s also the only DCIM solution that can act as a Modbus master to allow other BMS systems to poll for cabinet power and environmental data. So it’s your choice – use RAMP DCIM as a stand-alone BMS or as a complementary addition to your existing BMS.

More Reasons to Use RAMP DCIM…

  • RAMP DCIM extends the BMS capabilities to the IT level to manage power usage at the device and rack levels
  • Detailed data is stored to allow you to view power, environment and energy efficiency over time
  • Performs real-time failover checking to reduce shutdown risks due to rack PDU overload
  • RAMP DCIM also performs other functions such as asset management, task and workflow management, change management, and IT management (server, network and storage)