Power management software developer nlyte Software, which I happen to know has a pretty tight relationship with Hewlett-Packard, has updated its eponymous data center infrastructure management application.
The biggest deal new features in nlyte 5.3 include:
- End-to-end power mapping that connects everything from the power substation feed through a data center uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) and power distribution units (PDUs) and power strips
- The ability to create a model of the impact that a power failure might have on your data center (one of those what-if modules that will help you scare your boss)
- Power modeling for air condition units
- A feature that lets you figure out what the power impact will be of moving things around in the data center, or replacing them
- Modeling for power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratios, basically so you can make sure that the power you're allocating for your IT equipment is in balance with what you'll need to cool it off. The software is designed to help your organization strive for a PUE of 2.0 or lower.
Basically, this is the sort of software that makes sure that power considerations are part of major data center decisions.