Using the Right Tool for the Job: OpenData vs. a BMS

This 5-page document summarizes the key differences between OpenData software by Modius and a typical Building Management System (BMS), including the impact those differences have on the effectiveness of managing a data center.

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Why should I consider Modius OpenData when I already have a BMS? In short, the answer comes down to using the right tool for the job. A BMS is installed at a large building to monitor and control the environment within that building, for example: lighting, ventilation, and fire systems. It helps facility managers better manage the building’s physical space and environmental conditions, including safety compliance. As concerns about energy conservation have gained critical mass, feature enhancements to BMSs have evolved to become more attuned to energy efficiency and sustainability. However, this doesn’t make a BMS a good tool for data center optimization any more than a scissors can be substituted for a scalpel….

In summary

In summary, the only thing constant in data centers is flux. Getting the right information you need—when you need it—is crucial for data center up-time and optimization. For the purpose of performance monitoring and optimization, using a BMS is more problematic and ultimately more expensive because it is not designed for broad and granular data capture, analysis and user configuration. Ask yourself: What would it take to generate an accurate PUE report solely using a BMS?