IP Expo 2009 – Monitoring Your Next Generation IT

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  • 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