Bulk remote power monitoring

Spook OmniWatch Power+: enterprise centric cloud based power monitoring

Key features

Bulk data collection

Seamless power management using multi-protocols.

24/7 monitoring

Dynamic calendaring for informed alarm escalation.

Perpetual data storage

Efficiency gains, load-balancing and trend analysis.

Max load function

Load balancing and equitable sharing down to socket level.

Socket switching

Central management of power switching commands for on/off/reboot.

User privileges

Filtered user access limiting power strip browsing rights.

Secure cloud based power monitoring

IT departments face ever increasing pressure to ensure continuance of IT services to its business, users and customers alike.

Key to maximising IT uptime is understanding server room power consumption.

By monitoring power consumption an organisation can implement informed load balancing procedures to prevent power overloads and protect service outages due to loss off power.

It is also useful to understand the cost associated with providing power to a business as a whole or to departments or even end users.

When monitoring high numbers of PDUs (Power Distribution Units) it’s important to be able to swiftly identify individual or clusters of power strips. With OmniWatch Power+ this is achieved by a global search function. Regional or departmental identification can be overlaid with localised search options too.

In short Spook makes interpreting bulk data meaningful, intuitive and incredibly easy.

Bulk data collection

Seamless power management using multi-protocols.

Intelligent PDUs

The benefits of monitoring power metrics centrally across an array of different equipment manufacturers is easy to illustrate. Change management procedures can be broadcast swiftly over multi-protocols and older, legacy power power strips can be given a new lease of life thus ensuring the initial investment in hardware is maximised.

Without central management even the smallest of reconfigurations such as amending the on-board emergency contact procedures can take hours. OmniWatch Power+ provides real-time secure cloud based dashboards in order to manage hundreds of devices easily and intuitively.

Generator sets

UPS systems

The key to providing seamless bulk power monitoring is to make monitoring simple and available all in one place irrespective of the many different equipment manufacturers, models or equipment types.

That’s why Spook’s OmniWatch Power+ is designed to collect data across the facility using multiple protocols such as SNMP, Modbus, BACnet, XML and JSON.

Supported manufacturers

And many more

24/7 monitoring

Dynamic calendaring for informed alarm escalation.

Accurate alarm procedures are key to minimising potential disruption when something goes wrong. An organisation often has different teams or even departments for global, regional or departmental alarms. The dynamic calendar function of OmniWatch Power+ provides a flexible and easy to implement solution.

User defined alarms are handled by automatic e-mail and 2-way SMS. These can be escalated to Spook's UK Call Centre providing an extra level of certainty should mobile phones be switched to silent, out of signal or lost.

Spook call centre agents contact staff on alternative mobile and landline numbers to ensure safe receipt of the alert.

24/7 central alarm management

Alarms are sent in real-time and checked against Spook’s dynamic calendar to ensure contact is made to relevant on-call staff.

Critical alarms

Critical alarms invoke a 3 stage alarm escalation procedure based on a series of 15 minute broadcasts.

3 stage alarms

At each stage alarms can be assigned to:

Email

2-way SMS

24/7 UK call centre

Alarm confirmation

Once an alarm has been acknowledged the alarm escalation process is ceased and an update message is sent to all previously contacted users confirming matters together with notifying them the name of the responder.

No response warning

If the alarm escalation procedure is exhausted without response a warning communication is broadcast to all on-call staff announcing no response.

Alarm audit

All alarms and alarm stages are recorded in an alarm log for future reference. These are date and time stamped and include who was contacted at each stage.

    Perpetual data storage

    Efficiency gains, load-balancing and trend analysis.

    Spook recognises that power readings and their associated trend data is a valuable management commodity. By storing the power consumption data perpetually means measuring efficiency gains, load-balancing and long-term trend analysis is accurate. Not only can patterns in power spikes be identified together with their regularity but identification of spare power known as stranded power is simple.

    The amount of stranded power obviously varies per PDU and may only be a small amount but when extrapolated across hundreds of power strips this figure can be considerable. By tapping into this valuable resource means an organisation can confidently maximise power consumption at rack level before having to invest in additional data centre expansion.

    However it is important to understand the ‘stressed power’ requirement of a power strip; this being the total power requirement when all attached equipment is set to maximum consumption, before utilising stranded power.

    Max load function

    Load balancing and equitable sharing down to socket level.

    By setting a maximum load % threshold on a PDUs global intake and applying this to socket level consumption is ideal to prevent overloading and power loss.

    Organisations can, for the first time, apply equitable sharing to their users and by doing so, ensure a fair usage policy towards power consumption.

    Max Percentage

    %

    Max Amps

    N/A

    Socket Limit

    N/A

    Stranded Power

    9.10 A

    Rack Switch
    Amps: 1.6
    Mail Server
    Amps: 0.4
    Server 01
    Amps: 0.1
    Server 02
    Amps: 0.8
    Security Server
    Amps: 1.2
    Firewall
    Amps: 0.9
    Backup Server
    Amps: 1.2
    Rack UPS
    Amps: 0.7

    Socket switching

    Central management of power switching commands for on/off/reboot.

    PDU manufactures each have there own GUI’s to manage their PDUs. This often gets complicated as typically an installation has multiple PDU manufacturers installed, each with their own functions and procedures. This can be compounded by different PDU models from the same manufacturer often having different commands meaning accessing them to do simple functions becomes a challenge.

    By managing power strip socket switching via OmniWatch Power+ ensures a single, cohesive methodology can be adopted for on/off and re-boot functionality. This simplifies matters and an audit trail is automatically created to check who did what together with date and time stamps of each event.

    • Reboot all
    • All off
    • All on
    • Click individual sockets to power cycle

    Rack Switch
    Amps: 1.6
    Wh: 4733

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Mail Server
    Amps: 0.4
    Wh: 1448

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Server 01
    Amps: 0.1
    Wh: 2383

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Server 02
    Amps: 0.8
    Wh: 1825

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Security Server
    Amps: 1.2
    Wh: 4001

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Firewall
    Amps: 0.9
    Wh: 1950

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Backup Server
    Amps: 1.2
    Wh: 4005

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Rack UPS
    Amps: 0.7
    Wh: 1783

    • On
    • Off
    • Reboot

    Users

    Filtered user access limiting power strip browsing rights.

    PDUs often have shared power demands for multiple users, departments and sometimes customers from a single power strip.

    By limiting end user browsing rights of each PDU down to socket level means power sharing is easily achieved and sensitive commands such as global PDU re-boot can be protected.

    Super users have access rights to all PDU functionality whereas Users only have access to their own available PDUs and sockets.

    • Super user
    • User

    Super user

    Total Amps

    6.9A

    Stranded Power

    9.1A

    Volts

    230V

    kWh

    29.7

    #NameCustomerStatusAmpsWh
    1Rack SwitchCustomer 1 On1.64733
    2Mail ServerCustomer 1 On0.41448
    3Server 01Customer 2 On0.12383
    4Server 02Customer 2 On0.81825
    5Security ServerCustomer 2 On1.24001
    6FirewallCustomer 3 On0.91950
    7Backup ServerCustomer 3 On1.24005
    8Rack UPSCustomer 3 On0.71783

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