Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Tracking the energy cost for your servers

Keeping energy costs down is an ongoing challenge in any datacenter. Knowing how much energy each of your systems consumes, and how much they each cost to run, is an important piece of data.

Well, Ops Center can provide this data - it can give you data about the energy consumption of monitored servers, and about how much that energy costs.

The first step in getting this working (apart from discovering the server assets) is providing the cost of energy per kilowatt-hour in your datacenter, which you do using the Edit Energy Cost wizard in the Administration section.

Once Ops Center has that bit of data, it can give you detailed information about how much each server costs to run. You can select an asset and click the Energy tab to view the system's power consumption, power policy, and total cost for one day, or click the Charts tab and see the system's power consumption over time.


Thursday Nov 14, 2013

Optimizing OS performance

With the right information, there's a lot that you can do to improve the performance of an operating system. However, it can be time-consuming to gather that information in a large environment with hundreds or thousands of operating systems, Oracle Solaris Zones, or Oracle VM Servers.

Ops Center's OS Analytics tools can help you gather the information that you need to tune your operating systems. For operating systems managed by Ops Center, you can view OS performance info like CPU and memory utilization, process details, and virtualization capacity. For Oracle Solaris systems, you can also view the status and details of SMF services.

We put together a how-to that walks you through the process of viewing all of this information.

Thursday Nov 07, 2013

Plugins in Ops Center and Cloud Control

Cloud Control just released an updated plugin for Oracle Virtual Networking, so I thought I'd mention a bit about how both Ops Center and Cloud Control use plugins.

On the Ops Center side, we have a plugin to connect Ops Center to Cloud Control, letting them share monitoring data. This guide explains how to install and use that plugin.

In Cloud Control, they have a more extensive collection of plugins, letting you link Cloud Control with a variety of other products. The Cloud Control library plug-in tab goes into more detail about how you can use these plugins in your environment.

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