In the data center, temperature, power and humidity play a vital role to the success and performance of equipment that keeps the center running. Monitoring and managing these factors ensures stability, efficiency and uptime. But what if you could plan and experiment with changing the levels of these important factors without harming your data center’s success? Server Technology (News - Alert) does that just – it answers your “What ifs?”
The data center solutions provider recently launched the newest version of its data center power monitoring and management solution, Sentry Power Manager (SPM) 5.2, featuring predictive analysis and revamped trending capabilities to help you maximize your power efficiency.
One of the breakthrough functions of the predictive trending feature is the ability to explore “What if” scenarios, allowing users to get a preview into future trends and see what will or will not work in your data center. The predictive trending analysis feature uses various cabinet traits to enable IT to view and analyze past and future power-related data, essentially presenting IT with a valuable diagnostic tool.
The trending capabilities available in SPM 5.2 are an example of how Server Technology is working to make power-related information more valuable and useable for IT. IT can configure SPM 5.2 to send an alert in the event a certain condition is trending to exceed a threshold, taking the guesswork out of the equation.
“Our data center power customers will be able to use the predictive trending analysis to view and analyze past and future data related to all aspects of cabinet power – total system, circuits, lines, locations, zones and temperature,” said Calvin Nicholson, Server Technology’s director of Software and Firmware. “Customers can overlay trend types and will immediately see a ‘red alert’ if future trends cross currently set thresholds for power or environmental conditions. This new version of SPM also delivers a new capacity planning tool and new redundancy functionality – all key benefits to data center professionals.”
SPM is a power monitoring, measurement and management software application designed to help data centers monitor and manage their power usage and achieve their green initiative goals. Users can install SPM into many different PDUs and cabinets and the application will bring all of that information into the SPM for reporting, inventory, power information, trends, scheduling and more.
“This is a very exciting new version of SPM because of the unique predictive trending analysis,” said Brandon Ewing, president of Server Technology, in a statement. “We’ve listened to our data center customers in developing this feature and now they will really have the critical power information from IT equipment to make informed decisions about power and energy use. SPM can actually show them the right choices to make for improved energy efficiency.”
With the newest version, data center managers can take the predictive trending and overlay the power usage against the temperature and see what the effects are in a particular cabinet, which can help plan for cooling capacity, power requirements, and look in the direction it’s going and understand what will or will not work down the road.
“The concept is really about uptime and keeping everything working, and understanding where you might have a problem and doing something about it before you actually have a problem and bring something down in your data center,” said Nicholson.
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Edited by Rich Steeves