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What is a Centralised Monitoring System?

Published by Lee Kelly on 27 March 2020

Find out why you may need a centralised monitoring system and the reasons how it can help you keep on top of issues before they become a big problem.

A centralised monitoring system is the aggregation of all your equipment monitoring systems for UPS, servers, PDUs and the environment. This allows you to have all the data in a central location that you can easily view and monitor your equipment status and any potential issues.

Reasons to have a centralised monitoring system?

There are quite a few reasons to use centralised monitoring systems:

  • Early issue detection
  • Cost reductions
  • Ease of use
  • One location to monitor all systems

These are some of the reasons to choose a centralised monitoring system, it allows you to monitor all your systems from a single location/software. It allows you to set up alerts for all your UPS, servers, PDUs and environment. Being able to manage all of these from single software installation and using a centralised location means you can monitor multiple sites across different countries.

Using a power management console

With each manufacture giving a way to monitor their system it can be a pain keeping track of them all; APC, Avocent, Dataprob, Server Technology, Eaton, Vertiv, Tripp Lite and more. It can be easy to see why it’s ideal for a centralised monitoring system. That is where power management consoles come in. With a single overview screen, you can have all you need in one single location/intranet. You can see below an option for Opengear that lets you monitor and control individual devices and servers and what their current status and signals are.

Critical Power Supplies - Opengear Power Management software 

Centralised Remote Monitoring and UPS

Remote monitoring can be done for most UPS systems through an SNMP card that allows a connection to the network. Allowing you to see and configure your UPS system data to enable you to see any issues with the system or potential issues. Being able to have all your backup devices within one system is possible with most manufactures software (Usually in the full editions).

Critical Power Supplies - APC PowerChute Business Edition screeshot

Brand-specific or open-source SNMP Traps?

With a vast amount of options, you have the choice of going brand-specific or going with an open-source solution, and we are going to be talking about the pros and cons of each choice.

Brand-specific solutions

First, we are starting with Brand-specific solutions this could manufacture like APC, Vertiv, Riello and more. These brands all have their own specific monitoring software that allows their UPS to report back data like the temperature of batteries, the voltage being used, battery percentage levels and more. This could make using the same types of product from one manufacture work more cohesively together without the need to do a lot of configuration.

Pros

  • Easy to configure.
  • One platform to use for all products.
  • Manufactures support.

Cons

  • Pricey for to use all same manufactures equipment.
  • You will not necessarily get all the features you require with one manufacture.

Open-source SNMP Traps

Using an open-source solution for this can be quite a good way to ensure you have all your requirements or have the ability to make any adjustments or upgrades that you may need. But this may also come at the cost what units can be used with SNMP traps.

Pros

  • Cheaper or even free solutions.
  • Ability to modify and add to the source code.
  • Adjustable to your specific requirements

Cons

  • Possibly required a developer to make changes for requirements.
  • No manufactures support.

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If you are interested in configuring and installing your centralised monitoring system then contact our dedicated team and we can help you get the perfect system. Contact the team today on 0800 978 8988 or drop them an email here.