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.
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.
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.
And many more
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.
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 invoke a 3 stage alarm escalation procedure based on a series of 15 minute broadcasts.
At each stage alarms can be assigned to:
24/7 UK call centre
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.
If the alarm escalation procedure is exhausted without response a warning communication is broadcast to all on-call staff announcing no response.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|1||Rack Switch||Customer 1||On||1.6||4733|
|2||Mail Server||Customer 1||On||0.4||1448|
|3||Server 01||Customer 2||On||0.1||2383|
|4||Server 02||Customer 2||On||0.8||1825|
|5||Security Server||Customer 2||On||1.2||4001|
|7||Backup Server||Customer 3||On||1.2||4005|
|8||Rack UPS||Customer 3||On||0.7||1783|
Please contact us if you wish for further information on how Spook can help with your power monitoring needs.