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Volume 5 Issue 2.
Data Center Forum
Forum focus: Overcoming eight common power management challenges
Data Center Interactive
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C.com/dcf 1.eaton. logical and complete power management solutions can help cure them. is that help is now available. where you’ll learn about several monitoring and management challenges that make overseeing a data center look comparatively simple... If collecting status information on power devices from across the enterprise.800. though. Jeff Ames Senior Business Unit Manager.Data Center Forum Letter from Jeff Ames: Pain Relief Most data centers use stateof-the-art tools to manage their server infrastructure. that serves small and midsize companies throughout the southeastern United States.635. You’ll also want to check out our profile of Corporate Information Technologies Inc. Power management difficulties have been the cause of too much pain for too many people. Enter the contests for a chance to win power view Binoculars. are often surprisingly crude. Using a new generation of more sophisticated monitoring and management solutions. Eaton’s Jim Tessier examines eight of those headaches. track and administer them. but for many years they had no means of managing power quality hardware from offsite.com/dcf EATON CORPORATION www. and explains how today’s intelligent. Some such applications support only one manufacturer’s power quality products. The solutions they employ to monitor and manage their power infrastructure. tackling common power quality challenges is a lot more painful than it ought to be.1207 ext. don’t miss the latest edition of our Data Center Interactive section. The upshot for data center managers is a lot of unnecessary misery. deploying more advanced power management software not only equipped them to administer power devices remotely but gave them potent new ways to keep their customers’ servers up and running as well. If you’re among them. an interesting look at the impact cloud computing is having on global energy usage and a new poll question to answer. Most do a poor job of integrating both with server management products and each other. I’m confident that the advice and analysis on the following pages will put you on the road to relief. however. N. protecting virtualized workloads during utility outages or ensuring that uninterruptible power systems remain continuously available are issues you struggle with. by contrast. What they need is firm control over all of their power quality assets at all of their facilities through a single command console. Others lack features for important tasks like asset management and updating firmware. an IT integration firm based in Charlotte. In this issue of Data Center Forum.1701880 3 . The good news. There’s also information on the latest trends in data center power consumption. you won’t want to miss this insightful article. What they too often get is a fragmented view of power devices and limited ability to discover. As a result. businesses can rid themselves of their worst and most persistent power management headaches. Outsourced IT administration is one of their service offerings.eaton. Distributed Power Solutions Register to receive the quarterly electronic version of Data Center Forum: www. As our story reveals. Finally.
electricity billing schemes 8. Some of those systems lack a connector card. Tracking power quality assets 7 Managing use-based . The end result of all these issues is that data center managers end up with a fragmented and incomplete view of their power infrastructure. the latest generation of intelligent. their IT and facilities staffs often face similar power monitoring and management issues. Maintaining power system reliability 5.eaton. these outdated applications only add further complexity to a variety of common power-related administrative challenges. Monitoring and managing virtualized server environments 4. Common power monitoring & management problems Though no two organizations are exactly alike. For one. many older power management solutions are incapable of monitoring power quality systems outside the data center in locations such as branch offices and lab facilities. Short on features and poorly integrated with other management resources. At present. power distribution units (PDUs) and other crucial power quality and environmental devices. Configuring and updating firmware Today.635.com/dcf 1.1701880 . and most of them come with standalone power management solutions that can be difficult to integrate. Such systems are compatible with networkenabled power devices One solution: Intelligent. This editorial discusses eight such challenges and shows how a new generation of intelligent. A comprehensive view of power and environmental devices by power management solutions. logical and complete power management solutions provide relief for some of today’s worst power-related headaches Eight challenges: 1. logical and complete power management software 1 Aggregating power quality device information To be certain that all of their power quality systems are functioning properly. 4 EATON CORPORATION www.1207 ext.800. Figure 1. real-time status information from every such device in their IT infrastructure. In addition. Today’s intelligent power management solutions help organizations address these problems by providing a truly global view of their power quality infrastructure through a single console. data center managers need complete. logical and complete power management solutions can help data center managers tackle each of them effectively and efficiently. most businesses today use UPSs and PDUs from multiple manufacturers. Administering remote data centers 6. Protecting workloads during power outages 3. many organizations use standalone software from multiple vendors to monitor and manage their uninterruptible power systems (UPSs). several factors make assembling a consolidated view of power protection and distribution systems tricky. however. logical and complete power management solutions can help organizations address those issues more successfully. Aggregating power quality device information 2. Fortunately.IT Perspective Overcoming eight common Power Management challenges How intelligent.
businesses can Figure 2. simplify management and ensure continual Figure 3: Intelligent power management systems integrate with leading virtualization management products such as VMware’s vCenter Server. uptime. That gives administrators a truly comprehensive view of their power quality hardware.and power-related alerts. They also enable virtualization management products to provide a comprehensive view of network. their technicians and potentially delaying response times when problems occur. In fact. unfortunately. storage and more. Many organizations use virtualization management software to administer their virtual environments. Thus.com/dcf 1. As a result. UPSs offer crucial assistance by providing emergency backup power. though. Furthermore. both inside and outside the data center. By grouping their least important infrastructure resources together in distinct load segments. intelligent power protection software can shut down impacted servers automatically and gracefully. the latest power management solutions let technicians divide receptacles on their UPS hardware into separate load segments that can be monitored and administered individually. What’s more. Today. data centers are virtually guaranteed to experience electrical service interruptions at least occasionally. That conserves battery capacity and maximizes the amount of backup power available to keep mission-critical devices up and running. Intelligent power management solutions integrate closely with leading virtualization management products such as VMware’s vCenter Server™. encounter a prolonged power loss.1701880 5 . That spares administrators from having to watch for alarms in two or more different places. many users of virtualization management suites must employ a separate set of management tools to monitor their power infrastructure. and reduce their exposure to costly and disruptive downtime. They can even discover and support UPSs with no connector card. Such systems provide centralized control over host servers. virtual machines.635. Administrators can also group and display devices in logicallyarranged tree structures that enable them to identify and manage their power systems more easily.IT Perspective — including most UPSs. forcing them to engage in a high-stakes race against time whenever they 3 Monitoring & managing virtualized server environments Eager to lower hardware spending. they can even move virtual machines to co-located cloud data centers. However. intelligent power management solutions can automatically and transparently move virtual machines from host servers impacted by a power outage to unaffected servers elsewhere on the network. businesses are rapidly implementing server virtualization in their data centers. according to analyst firm Gartner Inc. enabling IT and facilities personnel to view. nearly 50 percent of server workloads will be running on virtual machines by the end of 2012. should an electrical outage exceed the runtime of their UPS batteries. protecting unsaved work and preserving data integrity. At present.1207 ext.eaton. IT and facilities personnel can easily monitor and manage all of their power quality hardware. many data centers must execute that process manually.800. Minimizing the impact of such incidents is among a data center managers’ most important responsibilities. provided such devices are directly connected to a network-enabled PC. environmental sensors and PDUs — no matter where they are located. In this example. weakening the productivity of 2 Protecting workloads during power outages Since no power utility or power grid is infallible. Intelligent power management software helps technicians deal with power outages more efficiently. companies can position themselves to make non-essential systems the first ones they shut down during a power outage. administrators can monitor and manage power systems by clicking a tab in the vCenter Server dashboard. monitor and administer not only physical and virtual servers but UPSs. drawing on seamless integration with live migration systems such as VMware’s vMotion™. during extended electrical service interruptions next-generation power protection solutions can shut down affected servers and network devices gracefully and automatically. intelligent power management solutions typically come with auto-discovery functionality that accelerates and simplifies the setup process by detecting power devices on the network automatically. For starters. and dramatically reduces the chances of serious issues going unnoticed. In addition. EATON CORPORATION www. PDUs and other power devices through one console. Should a power outage threaten to outlast UPS battery capacity. organizations must shut down affected servers promptly to prevent software corruption and data loss.
such as moves. What is more. And since the latest power management systems have visibility into every power system on the network. by contrast. technicians can administer not only the facility they are in but also remote data centers through the same console. IT and facilities managers often struggle to maintain complete and accurate records of how many power devices they own and where those devices reside.com/dcf 1. technicians often must use a dedicated workstation physically located within the data center or other facility being managed. their asset tracking abilities extend beyond the data center to 4 Maintaining power system reliability In an emergency. That. or export data to spreadsheet programs for deeper analysis. Most large companies maintain multiple data centers. and even midsize organizations often have IT assets in more than one place.635. Moreover.1701880 . variety of informative reports. additions and retirements.1207 ext. moving or shutting down virtual machines as needed. 6 Figure 4: Integration with virtualization management systems like vCenter Server enables intelligent power management solutions to log power-related events alongside other infrastructure events. Intelligent power management solutions simplify asset tracking by making it easy to record changes in an organization’s power infrastructure. the latest power management systems collect and archive enterprise-wide UPS performance data. the latest power management systems feature Web-based interfaces. Thus. vCenter can then act on those events automatically.800. so IT and facilities managers can run them from any device in any location. to access those systems. Administrators can even specify whether they wish to receive such alerts through e-mail. 6 EATON CORPORATION www. overloaded UPSs or UPSs in need of rebalancing. enabled power devices wherever they are positioned. in turn. administrators can generate a 5 Administering remote data centers Network infrastructures are more distributed than ever these days. Yet most organizations today are ill-equipped to spot warning signs of future trouble. moving or shutting down virtual machines as needed. vCenter can then act on those events automatically. Tracking power quality assets Data centers are dynamic environments in which equipment is constantly being added.IT Perspective so long as it is equipped with a browser and has access to the network. Additionally. the power management systems that most businesses utilize at present can support only one site at a time. However. empowering technicians to take action before serious breakdowns occur. such as deteriorating performance or an overheating battery. network popups or in other ways. Drawing on that information. As a result.eaton. weather even serious power outages without suffering data loss or application downtime. removed and re-located. Intelligent power management products provide real-time notification of such issues as they develop. the effects of a UPS failure can be devastating. can monitor and control network- Figure 5: Integration with virtualization management systems like vCenter Server enables intelligent power management solutions to log power-related events alongside other infrastructure events. can help them prevent downtime by proactively identifying and addressing impending failures. Intelligent power management solutions.
1701880 7 .IT Perspective Conclusion The outdated and poorly integrated monitoring and management software many organizations rely on at present offers little help with many of today’s most common and pressing powerrelated challenges. most intelligent power management software offers functionality that technicians can use to file notes about the physical location of power and environmental devices. Fortunately. Finally. significantly reducing the cost and complexity of rolling out new commands. Figure 6. data centers are increasingly adopting use-based electricity billing schemes in which facilities managers charge a company’s various divisions separately for their share of the power bill. 8 Configuring and updating firmware 7 Managing use-based electricity billing schemes For most organizations today.800. Looking to apportion costs more fairly and encourage more efficient consumption EATON CORPORATION www. Intelligent power management systems. enable administrators to upgrade all of their UPS hardware at once over the network. protect both physical and virtual servers during power outages. further simplifying asset management. logical and complete power management solutions that are significantly better equipped to help companies overcome such challenges. Intelligent power management solutions make tracking and managing power-related assets easier. however. Additionally. upgrading firmware on UPS connector cards is a tedious and expensive process in which technicians must physically visit and update each device individually.eaton. organizations now have access to a new generation of intelligent. further streamlining the asset tracking process. however. Intelligent power management solutions help simplify that task by enabling facilities managers to monitor and manage power quality devices in groups that correspond to their various business units.635. can be a challenge. and bill the appropriate business unit accordingly. features and functions. branch and local deployments as well. IT and facilities personnel can view comprehensive information about network-enabled power and environmental systems. They can then create reports showing how much power each group consumed. some power management systems interface automatically with asset management solutions. Collecting the division-level usage statistics necessary to make such schemes work. of resources. however. Organizations eager to preserve data integrity and keep mission-critical systems continuously available should further investigate the latest power management products to learn more about the assistance they can offer in relieving painful powerrelated headaches. Using these systems.com/dcf 1.1207 ext. perform proactive maintenance and more — from any location and on any device with a network connection and Web browser.
g. So. “We don’t have to ask. For a company like CIT that manages its own power devices as well as those of its clients. president and chief systems engineer for CIT. was first introduced to Eaton’s uninterruptible power system (UPS) products. struck by lightning. Solution: Eaton 5125 UPS and Intelligent Power Manager® software Results: Drawing on its UPS hardware and sophisticated new power management capabilities. ‘What’s going on with the power?’ We can see it all..C. CIT had been using another company’s UPS units for many years. but goes a step further by providing software that enables seamless integration with VMware’s virtualization platform. The ” 8 EATON CORPORATION www. says Cruciana. ‘We have this great equipment. educating them on how this solution can greatly reduce IT costs. The program offers users a global view across the network from any PC with a Web browser or VMware’s vCenter™ dashboard. N. why would we want to change?’” However. ePDUs. “Rather than viewing a VMware infrastructure as a traditional physical server infrastructure. Challenge When Lawrence Cruciana. says Cruciana. ” Intelligent Power Manager allows multiple power devices (e.eaton. Intelligent Power Manager opens up a world of insight. they [Eaton] view it as what it is. We can manage it remotely and control it remotely. Eaton delivers a solution that not only matches the performance and durability of Cruciana’s existing product. UPSs. Corporate Information Technologies is now able to: • Monitor and manage remote UPSs without ever leaving their facility • Maintain continuous uptime and availability • Automatically transfer virtual machines from one server to another during maintenance procedures or emergencies without powering anything down • Keep all devices online until they can safely power down during extended power outages Corporate Information TechnologiesTM (CIT) helps small businesses to medium enterprises in and around the Charlotte.800. “We had seen units get abused.C. “My ” mentality was. damaged. Location: Charlotte. CIT puts virtualization to use for its clients. environmental sensors) to be monitored and managed on one computer screen.Customer Voice Eaton solution fully leverages the virtual environment Company: Corporate Information Technologies Inc.1701880 .. in comparing the claims of his current UPS to the one Eaton offers. flooded and they kept on working. They’re just leveraging that flexibility and those capabilities much better than the competition.com/dcf 1. and the central piedmont Carolinas regions with their IT needs. we really weren’t in the market to replace that vendor. Application: Power protection and management Challenge: Monitor and control UPSs at remote customer sites and keep virtual machines at those sites continuously available. there is a key difference — compatibility with virtualized environments. which is virtual and much more flexible. A VMware® Enterprise Partner.635.1207 ext. Solution Among the biggest boons for Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager takes the idea of virtualization and works within the framework of the future. N. his company wasn’t at a place where it was looking to change.
” CIT now has Eaton UPSs in their clients’ infrastructures with successful integrations. this is really impressive technology. ” In addition to the features of the product. “We saw that there was customer interest to the level that we should probably replace some of the UPS systems or strongly consider Eaton for the replacement of the UPS systems because of this one differentiator — the technology. ” "A human being showed up at my office and said. ” “It works in our environment. Cruciana says an Eaton 5125 Tower UPS arrives at his office with a note prompting him to “install it.800. Implementation For a UPS as revolutionary as Not long after meeting with Eaton representatives at the TechSelect Partner Conference. “Since CIT clients are not classified as large enterprises. it does what it says it’s going to do. Cruciana says.1207 ext. Cruciana’s engineering team puts the product through their routine in-house testing.’ Just the fact that there was a physical human being that was willing to engage me and engage our clients in conjunction with us was tremendous. he says. Corporate Information Technologies is now able to: • Monitor and manage all units connected to the system. because anyone can make a marketing claim.1701880 9 . ” “but. “There was immediate. kick the tires and tell me what you think.635.com/dcf 1.’” says Cruciana. says Cruciana. ” The technology claim that most interests Cruciana is the ability to trigger VMware's vMotion® during a power outage to transparently move virtual machines onto other. I’m totally impressed with this. customers are interested in it. “What they said it would do it does. Eaton did something that was absolutely shocking to me in a power market. available servers on the network. without ever leaving their facility • Maintain continuous uptime and availability • Transfer virtual machines from one power unit to another without powering anything down • Keep all devices online until they can safely power down during extended power outages • Call Eaton’s technical support staff for anytime assistance Results The ultimate test came when CIT recently invited customers to its office to witness the UPS and Intelligent Power Manager solution. They dig beyond just viewing the power systems that are protecting the servers hosting all the virtual machines. “It works in our environment. Absolutely tremendous. ” Eaton’s desire to exceed expectations doesn’t stop there. but incredibly easy — to configure it and integrate it — that was. ‘Wow. literally immediate. A week ” later. This is great. his engineering team provides feedback on the UPS and the software: “This is amazing! Wow! You have to check this software out. “That was impressive in and of itself. then we started doing testing to try and validate the claims that Eaton had made. ” Searching for proven ability. “For small businesses. let me learn about your business and let’s actually talk about what you do and how we can solve these things together. That now is our go-to product. that’s huge. “When that proved to not only be true. That now is our go-to product. Cruciana is pleased with the fact that support for up to 10 devices is included at no charge.” Lawrence Cruciana President and Chief Systems Engineer With Intelligent Power Manager software in place. ” EATON CORPORATION www. It really strengthens the value statement they [Eaton] can make for the product.’” Cruciana says. interest.eaton. ‘Hi.Customer Voice ability to have an all-in-one management window offers an efficient solution to onsite and off-site management. it does what it says it’s going to do. ‘Hey. customers are interested in it.
8 TWh by 2020. Fast facts • U. Environmental Protection Agency. Defense Department’s Joint Space Operations Center monitors more than 19.S.000 kilowatts.1701880 . thanks in large part to the efficiencies it makes possible in areas such as management and hardware procurement. from a command facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California.com/dcf 800. however. Three E. cloud computing will help data centers cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 28 percent and lower energy spending from $23. visit http://www. Two D. It also predicts that large cloud facilities will be so much more efficient than smaller ones that most organizations will ultimately outsource much of the computing work they currently perform on site to third-party cloud service providers. None B. A recent study from clean technology research and consulting firm Pike Research.000 square feet expect to have insufficient electrical power in 2011.3 billion to $16. • Nemertes also reports that only 45 percent of organizations with data centers in that size range actually measure their power usage • Utility power outages and voltage sags cost U.8 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2010 to 139. • The same research predicts that the peak load on the nation’s power grid from all of that power usage will be 12. ” said Pike Research senior analyst Eric Woods in a press release about the study. To download a copy of the report. according to the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency.eaton. is responsible for tracking over 7 .000 takeoffs and landings an hour and about 50. the study says. a 31 percent decrease.635. clean technologies have the capability to reduce energy expenditures and GHG production with so little business disruption.. The report credits the higher server utilization rates and economies of scale at cloud data centers for the savings they enable. Polling questions Send us your response and be one of 10 early bird winners of maglite flashlights How many standalone power management solutions does your company use today? A.380 subways cars from a control center roughly half the size of a football field that contains 55 voice and data workstations and 22 wall-mounted projection displays. according to a survey from IT analyst firm Nemertes Research Group Inc. suggests that the cloud could also enable similar efficiencies in energy consumption. Did you know? Think monitoring and managing your power quality assets is difficult? Try coping with these monitoring and management challenges • The Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon.0 billion over the same ten-year span. One C.eaton.1207 ext. equipped with 141 giant screens showing everything from network activity to the latest news events..000 and 50. businesses more than $100 billion a year. . “Few. if any.S.J. some as small as approximately 10 centimeters. • AT&T manages a network that supports 127 billion phone calls and 457 billion text messages a year from a Global Network Operations Center in Bedminster.com/dcf 10 EATON CORPORATION www.S. The report predicts that rapid adoption of cloud solutions will lower data center electricity usage from 201. Ill. Va.000 pieces of space debris currently orbiting the Earth.4 according to research from the U. servers and data centers will consume an estimated 100 billion kilowatt hours of energy in 2011 at a cost of $7 billion. • Half of organizations with data centers measuring between 5.000 aircraft a day. of Mokena.Data Center Interactive Brain Teasers: Rack your IT brain Global forum Businesses around the world are steadily adopting cloud computing. Four or more Maglite flashlight Submit your poll at www.000.com/research/cloud-computing-energyefficiency. • The U. • The New York City Transit division of the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority oversees some 6.pikeresearch. N..S. Furthermore.
eaton. Firmware: Instructions saved on a hardware device’s read-only memory. uninterruptible power system or other piece of hardware to the network.eaton. Host server: In virtualization. Virtual machine: In virtualization. a software file that performs the functions of a physical server. Many power quality products allow technicians to manage load segments independently of one another. Load segment: A subset of the power outlets on an uninterruptible power system or power distribution unit.1701880 11 . 1701880 or visit: www.eaton.com/dcf Contact Us 800.635.635. Contest Participate in our Tell me your story contest for a chance to win power view Bushnell Binoculars How do you spell relief? Tell us about your favorite solution to a power management pain not discussed in this issue of Data Center Forum. the physical server used to host multiple virtual servers.Data Center Interactive Glossary Connector card: Device that links a server.1207 ext.com/dcf EATON CORPORATION www.com/dcf 800.1207 ext. Live migration: Moving virtual servers from one host server to another without first shutting them down. Our prize goes to the best idea we receive! Bushnell Binoculars Submit your story at www.
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