Typically, Data Center operators are using multiple applications to manage their facilities, from Building Management Systems (BMS) to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications. As the proliferation of cloud computing and virtualization drive up server density, it becomes increasingly more important for IT and facility management to share information to insure that all systems are being managed to run at peak performance. The DCIM platform provides an immense amount of data on data center assets and supporting infrastructure while the BMS monitors, controls and optimizes building electrical and cooling systems through manual or automated processes. When BMS and DCIM systems are integrated, the data center gets one step closer to the the promise of dynamically managed capacity.
Modius is well aware that data centers use multiple software tools to manage their facilities. OpenData by design was built to integrate and share data with these applications. OpenData has a fully published API and REST-compliant web services to provide a standardized way of integrating Web-based applications using the XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI open standards over an Internet protocol backbone. XML is used to tag the data, SOAP is used to transfer the data, WSDL is used for describing the services available and UDDI lists what services are available.
OpenData, “out of the box” supports integration to facility infrastructure, IT equipment, and 3rd party software applications from multiple vendors. In some cases, a minimal effort may be required to assess the level of integration required and apply the proper strategy, (deep linking, database access, web services API, etc.), to achieve the desired results.
How it Works
- The 3rd party software applications managing the facility are identified
- Modius professional services and the client map out the level of integration required
- Modius professional services determines if standard integrations are available
- Modius professional services produces a scope of work for any custom requirements
- The client signs off on the integration SOW and work begins
- A fully documented API
- REST-compliant web service
- Published “open” database schema
- Process/Event Listening Engine
- “Out of the Box” Integration support for BMS, ITSM, CMDB, ERP
- Multiple integration schemes for simple to complex projects
- Canned integrations for popular data center management applications
- Re-use existing software assets
- Supports self-service model
- Faster integrations
- Less expensive professional services
- More efficient Facilities and IT support through shared information
For more information on OpenData’s Integration Support, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.