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Software connectors help compile energy data into one location

Arch Rock Corp. introduces an array of new software connectors for its Energy Optimizer energy monitoring product, allowing energy data previously “stranded” on multi-vendor servers, power and cooling system components, and building management systems (BMS) to be viewed, correlated, and analyzed within the Energy Optimizer application.

The new connectors — the first five in a planned series — offer the following open protocols and interfaces:

  • ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)
  • SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)
  • IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface)
  • CSV (Comma Separated Values)
  • SOAP/REST (Simple Object Access Protocol/Representational State Transfer)

With these connectors, Energy Optimizer offers direct and easy access to virtually all relevant energy and environmental data in addition to that already collected by Arch Rock’s own wireless sensors — including data from individual servers, power distribution unit (PDU) internal elements, air handler or chiller internal elements, and BMS systems. This gives data center and building managers the ability to gain a deeper understanding of their electrical and thermal conditions and more easily calculate their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

It also lets them make the most cost-effective possible energy-monitoring choices by combining sensed data from power, cooling, or computing device-embedded sensors with that from wireless environmental, thermal, or power sensors. The new Energy Optimizer connectors are already in use with such industry-leading products as Emerson Liebert SiteScan, Schneider APC Rack PDUs, IBM iDataPlex PDUs, and Dell PowerEdge Servers. The standards-based connectors ensure Energy Optimizer's compatibility with a wide variety of additional vendors and products.

Energy Optimizer case study:
In an enterprise data center that has a high-density computer cluster with multiple server racks, the IT manager needs to be certain that no individual server is overheating. But deploying external physical sensors at several levels on each rack alone provides data at rack or sub-rack granularity, rather than by individual server. Using an IPMI connector, Energy Optimizer pulls CPU temperature data from all 42 servers in each rack and displays it on the system’s dashboard, allowing temperature threshold alerts to be set. Through the same connector, Energy Optimizer can pull in data on server fan speed and CPU power, and compare it with server rack inlet/outlet temperature data gathered by Arch Rock and/or internal server sensors.

For more information, contact Arch Rock Corp., 501 2nd St., Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94107. Phone: (866) 925-6754.

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