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 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

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

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