The latest version allows the network operations centre (NOC) to monitor a company’s entire global data centre portfolio as a single bar on the monitor screen. The bar is green when all is alarm-free, but as soon as any out-of-operating-window or out-of-tolerance situation is detected (related to power, temperature, security, cooling and hundreds of other factors) at any of the data centres globally – the bar will flash red and an audible alarm is sounded.
One mouse click on the flashing bar reveals the data centre containing the alarm situation. A second click zooms straight to the offending rack and displays full details of the alarm conditions. Preventative or restorative action can be instigated in seconds.
The new release gives admins the ability to create unlimited numbers of Groups and to assign every asset (such as racks, sensors and individual pieces of active equipment) to multiple Groups in Cannon T4 DCM means that admins and users can easily view factors (such as power load, cooling load, security status, doors open for maintenance, UPS status etc) in groupings that are logical for that user.
For example you could create a Global Group for all racks in any data centre where there are servers belonging to the HR department’s operations. Or a complete global view of power. Or perhaps all DCs in a county such as Yorkshire - or a region such as AsiaPac. It is totally flexible, to reflect real-world operational requirements.
It’s not widely recognized yet that DCIM (data centre infrastructure management) information – such as power consumption – can be used to gain commercial intelligence on a co-located competitor’s operations. But it can.
Yet most DCIM systems allow all users, including co-lo customers, to have access to the full suite of information. The only solution with such systems is to bar all customers from having access, which is clearly unsatisfactory.
The latest release of Cannon T4 Data Centre Manager instigates Granular Security so that, for example, departments and customers can easily be restricted to seeing only the information relevant to them – ensuring commercial confidentiality.
Adding together both granular security and groupings now means that a multi-site customer can have access on a global view basis to all of their relevant operational information in any groupings they want – but with total confidence that no competitors can see their commercially sensitive statistics at any of the controlled data centres worldwide.
This latest release of Cannon T4 DCM just got smart. It now learns from your previous activities. So, if DCM detects that you’re configuring a cabinet security lock (be it RFID, PINcode, fingerprint or iris scan), T4 DCM will immediately detect all other unconfigured locks and ask if you want to configure them too.
It also identifies all relevant configs already stored and offers these for re-use or editing. If required, T4 DCM will then do an ‘all at once’ configuration for maybe several hundred racks. This is a massive time saver.
The temperature in Rack 237 in a data centre in Malaysia 7000km away is rising.
Cannon T4 DCM has identified this as a ‘worrying trend’. But no need for the NOC in Germany to take any action – T4 DCM can issue SNMP commands to the equipment in that rack to shed load.
If that doesn’t reverse the trend, maybe due to a fault condition, T4 DCM can issue further instructions to undertake an orderly shut down.
As a last resort – in order to ensure that a whole rack of equipment isn’t causing overheat damage – T4 DCM will disconnect the power from one or more pieces of equipment in the rack until the temperature is under control. Full information is provided back to the NOC.
Of course this is just one illustration of thousands of possible smart actions that the new Cannon T4 DCM can take.
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