IP Expo 2009 - Monitoring Your Next Generation IT
 

IP Expo 2009 - Monitoring Your Next Generation IT

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Even though computer systems have become more reliable, the monitoring requirements have not decreased. However, there has been a shift in emphasis. Outages are far more likely to come from hardware ...

Even though computer systems have become more reliable, the monitoring requirements have not decreased. However, there has been a shift in emphasis. Outages are far more likely to come from hardware failures than previously - the excessive build-up of heat being an all too common occurrence. Also, the every increasing costs of energy mean there is an urgent demand to produce power-usage reports. This presentation discusses these and other issues and presents, cost-effective solutions.

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IP Expo 2009 - Monitoring Your Next Generation IT IP Expo 2009 - Monitoring Your Next Generation IT Presentation Transcript

  • Next Generation IT Monitoring Dr Andy Murray CTO Mutiny Limited October 2009
  • Has IT Become More Reliable?
    • Windows improves with every release
      • It’s pretty unusual for Windows to crash on its own.
      • Still issues with some applications.
    • Network equipment is definitely more reliable
      • Switches can still lock up and cause devastating effects.
      • Errors in Firewall configuration are rare .
  • So Can I Reduce My Monitoring?
    • Overall - Probably Not
    • There will always be a need to be alerted when a failure occurs.
    • There will always be a desire to be pro-active.
    • There will always be a need to gather statistics – network and server.
    • However, you should, perhaps, reconsider
    • what you are monitoring
  • Consider What to Monitor
    • Think “What should I monitor?”, NOT “What can I Monitor?”
    • Don’t monitor things that you are not going to
    • look at.
    • Needs change, so be prepared to adapt.
    • Spinning parts will fail eventually.
    • Think about presentation of data to others. “We’re not all Techies”
  • Environmental Monitoring
    • Environmental monitoring is becoming vital.
    • High temperature is the cause of many IT failures.
    • Is the air-conditioning working?
    • Is there power to the racks?
    • What is the temperature and humidity?
    • How much energy is being used?
  • Energy Monitoring
    • Quite rare today – but it’s going to be essential in the future.
    • Three steps to optimizing your power usage:
    • Monitor
      • Need to understand how power is being used.
    • Control
      • Need to be able to turn off something.
    • Report
      • Prove that your policy is having an effect.
  • Energy Monitoring
    • Need to understand power usage in a far more detailed way – by server, by time, by floor, by rack etc.
    • Carbon credits for reducing your emissions.
    • Cost savings from lower energy bills.
    • Managers are soon going to be asking for the reports – if they are not already.
  • Questions You Should be Able to Answer
    • Have I reduced my energy consumption?
    • Which rack is best for this piece of equipment?
    • If the air-con fails, is my equipment protected?
    • If the motherboard cooling fails, will I be notified before the equipment fries?
    • Your network-monitoring system must be able
    • to provide the answers
  • Isn’t This Going to be Expensive?
    • It doesn’t have to be
    • The prospect for ROI is excellent.
    • Most devices support SNMP.
    • Motherboard protection using HP SIM, Dell OpenManage and Cisco Env-Mon.
    • Needn’t take a lot of time.
  • Isn’t This Going to be Complicated?
    • The Eagle-i system from our partner Unite Technologies offers cost-effective monitoring and control of power, temperature, humidity and more from a single appliance.
    • Cisco EnergyWise will provide solutions for PoE.
    • The Mutiny network-monitoring appliance is:
      • quick to deploy (less than 1 hour).
      • automatically starts monitoring the devices it recognises.
  • Mutiny is an Easy-to-Use Appliance
  • Mutiny is an Easy-to-Use Appliance
  • Mutiny is an Easy-to-Use Appliance
  • Graphs are a Good way to Present
  • Graphs are a Good way to Present
  • Come and see us on Stand 252