Spiceworks adds power management

Teams with Eaton to integrate UPS monitoring into network management software

You might not typically think of managing your uninterruptible power supplies with the same tool as your network, but why not?

No reason, Spiceworks says.

The company has teamed with Eaton, a power management company, to allow Spiceworks users to monitor and manage their UPS systems remotely and for free.

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As part of the monitoring and management features, IT professionals will be able to receive alerts on network power events and UPS operational health. In addition, they'll be able to audit power management events and, as a result, should be able to pinpoint the source of power disruptions quickly, Spiceworks says.

Besides the power management and auditing capabilities, the UPS software will deliver status reports on UPS battery power and lifespan projections. Through the UPS software, IT professionals will be able to set thresholds, receive alerts and order replacement batteries as needed.

In addition, Spiceworks users will be able to view network equipment and applications supported by specific UPS systems. The goal, the company says, is to give users a better understanding of the impact power events are having on specific IT services. Over time, for help in dealing with extended power outages, they'll be able to initiate safe shutdowns of UPS-connected devices from a remote location.

Lastly, IT professionals will be able to tap into Spiceworks' extensive user community (which the company says numbers more than 1.4 million IT professionals today) for discussions and tips on UPS management best practices. Power management experts at Eaton also will be available for interaction with the user community.

Brian Boudreau, network and systems administrator with Callaway Golf, in Carlsbad, Calif., gives the integrated UPS management and monitoring his nod of approval.

"I used to manually check all UPSs annually," he says. "Now, with Spiceworks, we can monitor and report on these devices 24/7. This new feature allows us to better support our environment and saves me time."

The UPS monitoring features are available now in the latest beta release of Spiceworks 5.1.

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