Network administrators and system administrators usually come to the point where they have to manage complex documentation of racks, devices, network resources they have in control. Most of them put the information in spreadsheets and, in the event of change they have to update the spreadsheets accordingly. That may be plausible more or less up to the moment when more than one person is is to be involved in the job. Soon after it becomes a complete mess that in most of the cases is found impossible to manage.
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Rack and Manage provides a tree structure of information - location, country, city, data center / room, server cabinet. Depending on the different infrastructure of each network, parameters are set manually, through which the software will control the following parameters: the free space depending on the size of the server cabinet, the electrical load limit, the floor load capacity limit at the specific location (data center / room ); the limit of the number of the free ports is set depending on the already built-in devices that are in use as an intermediary, such as patch panel, router.
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Rack and Manage Terminology
Definiotions of some terminology like data center, room, devices, and so on that are Rack and Manage terms in use.
On the top of the object hierarchy are the Locations. In Rack and Manage, locations refer to the physical locations that can comprise one or more data centers or data rooms. Each data center or data room contains racks (cabinets). There is no higher-level object than a Location in the Rack and Manage.
Everything that you place inside a data center or data room is either a device or an asset. The main difference between a device and an asset is that the devices have IP addresses. Devices include physical devices (e.g. servers and switches), virtual devices (virtual machines), cluster devices (e.g. disk clusters), blade devices (placed inside a chassis), other devices (that include IP-addressable UPSs, PDUs, …), and unknown devices. Devices which can be identified as – Unknown, can be entered by processes, these devices are entered within the application and they are within the items area. Assets include Breaker Panels, Modems, Fax Machines, Monitors, Scanners, Shredders, Phones, Software, Filler Panels, Patch Panels, ACs, Fabric Extenders, TAPs, etc. You can also define other asset types.
Other Rack and Manage parameters include:
Customers: This parameter shows the owner or user of a device or asset. You can use it to define actual customers (e.g. if you are a service provider), corporate entities, corporate departments, or any other organizational entity.
Vendors: Providers of devices, assets, and services (e.g. Dell or HP).
Hardware Models: There are numerous models that can be assigned to each device. If we have to enter individually the model of each device, and a site has, for example, 10 HP DL 380 G8 servers, then one should be required to enter the sever model name ten times. For this reason, we have a hardware type model parameter. Once defined, the particular hardware model can be added/revised when needed.
PDU Models: The concept it’s similar to Hardware models parameter (see above) but for PDUs.
Operating Systems: The concept it’s similar to the Hardware models parameter. Enter information about an OS once and then add the OS to a device.
Parts: Every company more or less maintains an inventory of spare parts (e.g.. disk drives, RAM, cpus, etc). The same can be tracked in the Rack and Manage system as Parts. (The additional info shows where the spare parts are).
Purchases/Contracts: Contains basic purchasing information for a certain device. HW support warrant and other contract info.
IP Addresses: Track IP addresses. Related objects tracked via Rack and Manage are Subnets, VLANs, VRF Groups, MAC Addresses, and IP/NAT records.
DNS Zones / Records.
Switch Ports: Track connections to switches, TAP’s, patch panels, and devices.
Application Components: Application components (e.g. web server, Oracle server, and so on) are assigned to devices and dependencies between application components are defined to enable impact charts.
Rack and Manage provides lot of features in order to help administrators and network teams save time and resources.
Any authorized user will be able to see all the information about the data centers irrespective of his location. In this way, users will be able to monitor their resources remotely and they will also be able to guide in-house technician in case of any emergency.
Rack and Manage allows users to add information about as many data centers as they want. Due to this feature users will be able to do planning by integrating new non-existing devices with the existing devices in the software. Users can create accurate plan even for cables and port with this feature. RAM has opened new gates of opportunity. It is up to users how to utilize them.
This function will allow users to map their data centers and IT equipment in these data centers. We have used location-based mapping system so that owners of multiple data centers can easily manage all of their data centers remotely and effectively. Users will be able to full lots of details about their devices to create a complete picture. They will be able to add country of data centers, city, building/room name, supplier name, cabinets' positions, images of devices, cabling details with information about slot numbers and types, parts lists, power load table, network settings, hardware models, customer information, operating system, contracts, IP addresses, DNS zones, permissions, vendor information, PDU models, application components, switch ports, and other related details.
The comprehensive information in the software about every device will make it easier for users to maintain their devices. They will know when they added certain device and when it should be replaced.
Users will be able to set notification/alert settings in different ways. For instance, if a server is assigned to a certain client for a limited period of time user can set an alert for contract expiration. This alert will inform the user when the contract ends. In this way, users will be able to utilize all resources effectively.
Current reporting system with spreadsheets is outdated and frustrating. It is almost impossible to update spreadsheets if there are hundreds of servers in the data center and multiple administrators are generating reports. This software generates report automatically whenever a change in the system occurs. In this way, this tool will make reporting very simple and straightforward no matter how many users are managing the data centers.
Rack and Manage, the leader in Data Center Infrastructure Management software, invites you to consider the many benefits
You’ll grow your business infrastructure faster, optimize spends and will be able to think of future expanses.
You’ll reduce the risk of overworking and damaging your network health.
You can impress your business owners and partners with putting the whole thing in order.
You can feel more confident about your detailed look at thinks.
You’ll save time and efforts when organizing your entire network.
You’ll get to do more actual paying work, increase your revenue and build a more sustainable infrastructure.
You can service your clients more thoroughly, and strengthen their relationship with your business.
You can have all in one place, reaching the data form any part of the globe.
Why Choosing Rank and Manage?
The Boom In Server Market
Servers are used to provide services to client on global network otherwise there is no other way to acquire online services. Since this market is very crucial for the internet therefore it is thriving continuously ever since its inception.
The server market is booming and its revenue is increasing with higher rate from 2009 because of arrival of social media and other innovative services like cloud computing. The figure below is showing the total global revenue and total number of shipment of servers from first quarter of 2009 to 3rd quarter of 2017.
The expanding market is bringing several challenges for the data center operators. It is becoming more challenging for data center owners to expand as rapidly as increasing demand from service users. The increasing size and numbers of data centers are also creating management challenges like timely repair & maintenance, maintaining compliance requirements, managing security, fault detection, and delays in servers assignment. In order to provide an effective solution to all these issues Rack and Manage (RAM) is developing a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tool. This tool will enable users to manage their servers and all other devices in the racks and cabinets of the data center.
Challenges We Face
The increasing demand of servers and other data center equipment is due to the increasing demand of people to have remote storage and access to various applications. These increasing demands are also creating several problems especially for service providers. Service providers either buy or rent servers to provide services. These service providers are facing challenges including compatibility, scalability, repair, maintenance, and management of remote servers.
Rack and Manage Solution
All these challenges in the data center management industry is limiting the progress of IT word to some extent as data center owners are finding it hard to expand quickly and effectively. Enterprises are also struggling to get right server services quickly due to all aforementioned issues. Rack and Manage (RAM) has decided to provide a solution to all these issues. We are developing state of the art software under the brand name of Rack and Manage. Rack and Manage is comprehensive infrastructure mapping software which will help users to manage data centers, IT assets, IP addresses and all other tools in their racks through single platform. This software will enable data center owners to easily work on hundreds of servers and thousands of IP addresses.
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Rack and Manage software is annual subscription based. Pricing tiers are based on the number of devices in-use in the software. If your expected number of devices exceeds the limit for the tier, you must purchase a higher tier. All tiers enable unlimited numbers of available IPs, switch ports, non-IP based assets, hardware components, and all other types of data that can be stored in Rack and Manage.
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- Complete inventory of the data center assets and Location Mapping
- Data Center Floor planning
- Clear view of the key elements for data center management – space, power and weight, cooling information
- Data Center process management – data center process and key contacts
- Clear Cabinet view with integrated template management for special devices
- Complete cable management for all HW devices
- Full part list availability – used for replacement, upgrade, and warranty alerts