Green IT Features

This chapter describes the main features, views and reports provided by the Green IT extension embedded with the TSPS Component.

Basic Concepts and Terminology

Property Description
Power Consumption Amount of watts consumed by a physical device. This corresponds to the Power Consumption parameter of the Hardware Sentry KM Report Monitor.
Total Power Usage Amount of kW consumed by all physical devices for a specific Group, Application or Service. This value is computed by the Green IT engine.
Heating Margin Number of degrees Celsius (°C) remaining before the temperature reaches the closest warning threshold. This value is computed by the Green IT engine based on the Degrees Below Warning parameter of the Hardware Sentry KM Report Monitor.
Heating Margin Coverage Percentage of the number of physical devices on which the heating margin is computed.
Ambient Temperature Current ambient temperature reading of a Group in degrees Celsius (°C).
Confidence Percentage of available data out of the total number of hardware devices for a specific period (e.g. Day, Month, Year).

Hardware Devices Menu

The Hardware Devices menu provides an overview and a detailed page for all the physical devices currently monitored by Hardware Sentry.

  1. Log on to the TrueSight Console and click the Hardware Devices menu in the navigation pane.
  2. Click the name of a device to open its Device Details page. In addition to the standard indicators provided by TrueSight, the TSPS Component and its Green IT extension provides information about the power consumption and the heating margin for the selected device.
  3. The page also provides additional information distributed across 4 tabs: Monitors, Events, Power and Cooling.

Monitors Tab

The Monitor tab provides a hierarchy view of all the Monitors associated with the selected hardware device. Green IT - Device Details Monitors Tab Click a Monitor in the view to display its associated hardware device and PATROL Agent, event streaming status, energy usage data, etc.

Events Tab

The Events tab lists the events associated with the hardware device. Green IT - Device Details Events Tab Click an event count in the events list to view its specific status and severity.

Power Tab

The Power tab provides a graph of the Power Consumption and the Energy Usage data collected for the selected hardware device. Green IT - Device Details Power Tab Use the arrow buttons located at the bottom of the graphs to navigate through the time range. Pass your pointer over any area of the graph to display details about the collected values. Click the inline button to download, save, annotate or print the graph.

Cooling Tab

The Cooling tab provides a graph of the Heating Margin (degrees below warning) and the Temperature data collected for the selected hardware device.

Green IT - Device Details Cooling Tab

Use the arrow buttons located at the bottom of the graph to navigate through the time range. Pass your pointer over any area of the graph to display details about the collected values. Click the inline button to download, save, annotate or print the graph.

Note: The Power and Cooling tabs are only available if you have installed and configured the TSPS Component.

Green IT Menu

The Green IT menu is automatically displayed after you have installed and configured the TSPS Component of Hardware Sentry. It extends the Infrastructure Management Server component’s features by offering new views and reports to help you efficiently monitor and manage the amount of energy required for operating your datacenter.

All the Green IT extension functionalities are distributed across the following sub-menus:

The content of these sub-menus can be displayed in two different views:

  • Tile View: Displays a dashboard summary of Applications, Groups, and Services information.
  • Table View: Lists Applications, Groups, and Services in a table sorted by name. Click another column heading to sort by that column.

    Green IT Table View

Tip: use the Search to retrieve devices by name, model or serial number.

Applications

The Applications page lists all the user-defined applications associated with hardware devices that are currently monitored by Hardware Sentry. It provides you with a visual representation of the business applications in your environment, and the ability to rapidly identify and diagnose issues. Refer to BMC Documentation for details on application management. Applications must be created from the Configuration > Applications page of the TrueSight console.

  1. From the navigation pane, select Green IT > Applications.

    Green IT - Applications

  2. Click an application to display detailed information about the application.

Application Details

The Application Details page displays the list of associated hardware devices and reports power usage. It also provides real-time energy consumption, electricity costs and estimated carbon emissions analytics.

Green IT - Application Details

Total Power Usage

The Total Power Usage indicator shows the amount of kilowatts consumed by all the physical devices attached to the application since the last collect. It is calculated by aggregating the values of the Power Consumption parameter of each physical device reported by the Hardware Sentry KM Report Monitor.

Total Power Usage Indicator

Click the inline button to display a chart of historical data for predictive modeling.

Total Power Usage History Graph

Tip: Move your cursor over the graph to view the precise power usage for a specific date and time.

Click the inline button to download, save, annotate or print the graph.

Energy Cost and CO₂ Emissions

The Energy Cost and CO₂ emissions summary reports on the consolidated energy usage in kWh for all the hardware devices attached to the application, by:

  • Day: consolidated kWh consumption and CO₂ emissions for all the hardware devices attached to the application in the last 24 hours,
  • Month: consolidated kWh consumption and CO₂ emissions for all the hardware devices attached to the application in the last 30 days, and
  • Year: consolidated kWh consumption and CO₂ emissions for all the hardware devices attached to the application in the last 12 months.

    Energy Cost and CO₂ Emissions Summary

The Green IT Engine calculates the electricity consumption (kWh), the cost ($) and CO₂ emissions (kg) for an application, based on the values provided in the Global Settings or Groups Settings.

When there is not enough data to generate the daily, monthly or yearly values an extrapolation is applied to the current aggregation to calculate an estimation. The more data is available to calculate the costs and carbon emissions, the more confidence you can have in the estimation. The confidence is graphically represented with a signal bar inline. Values with lower confidence are greyed out.
Devices List

This section of the Application Details page displays a list of the hardware devices that are associated with the Application along with its model, serial number and power consumption. The table is fully sortable by a simple click on a column header.

Tip: Use the Search field at the top of the list to quickly find a specific device.

Green IT Application Device List

Export (CSV/PDF) or print the list of hardware devices, with the inline buttons located above the list.

Click the name of a hardware device to be redirected to the Device Details page of the Hardware Devices menu for additional information about power consumption and temperature.

Groups

Groups contain user-defined sets of devices, determined by your business needs (For example, monitoring of devices and applications can be set up by building, department, zones, etc. ). Grouping your devices in TrueSight can make management significantly easier and save you configuration time. Refer to BMC Documentation for details on group management.

The Groups page lists all the user-defined groups containing hardware devices that are currently monitored by Hardware Sentry. Groups must be created from the Configuration > Groups page of TrueSight.

  1. From the navigation pane, select Green IT > Groups.

    Green IT Groups

  2. Click group to display detailed information about the group.

Group Details

The Group Details page displays the list of associated hardware devices and reports power usage. It also provides real-time energy consumption, electricity costs and estimated carbon emissions analytics.

Green IT Group Details Summary

Total Power Usage

The Total Power Usage indicator shows the amount of kilowatts consumed by all the physical devices of the Group since the last collect. It is calculated by aggregating the value of the Power Consumption parameter of each physical device reported by the Hardware Sentry KM Report Monitor.

Total Power Usage Indicator

Click the inline button to display a chart of historical data for predictive modeling.

Total Power Usage History Graph

Tip: Move your cursor over the graph to view the precise power usage for a specific date and time.

Click the inline button to download, save, annotate or print the graph.

Heating Margin

Data centers are energy-intensive facilities. This energy is converted into heat that needs to be dissipated away from the equipment racks to maintain an optimal room temperature. The hardware devices temperature is then a critical parameter that needs to be closely monitored.

The Heating Margin indicator represents the number of degrees Celsius (°C) remaining before the temperature reaches the closest warning threshold. The Green IT engine collects 1 day of heating margin measurements for each hardware device and keeps the minimum (critical) value of all the hardware devices in the group.

Heating Margin Indicator

Click the inline button to display a chart of historical data for predictive modeling.

Heating Margin History Graph

Tip: Move your cursor over the graph to view the precise power usage for a specific date and time.

Click the inline button to download, save, annotate or print the graph.

Some hardware devices do not expose their overall temperature and are therefore not included in the heating margin computation. To know what percentage of the monitored hardware devices is covered by the group’s heating margin indicator, click inline to display a pie chart of covered and not covered hardware devices. By default, the list of covered hardware devices is provided beside the chart. Click the not covered area to display the list of hardware devices not included in the heating margin calculation.

Hardware devices are listed according to their collected heating margin value from the lowest to the highest. Click on the pie chart to refresh the list.

Green IT Heating Margin Coverage

Ambient Temperature

Hardware equipment create a large amount of heat while operating. Monitoring the overall ambient temperature of a server room can prevent hardware overheating and disruptions in service. Therefore the temperature in the room should be closely monitored and maintained to an acceptable operational level.

Hardware Sentry Green IT calculates the ambient temperature per group based on:

  • The average ambient temperature sensor reading (in °C) of all the hardware devices in the group, and
  • The lowest temperature of all the temperature sensors in the hardware device, when ambient temperature sensors are not available

    Ambient Temperature Indicator

Click the inline button to display a chart of historical data for predictive modeling.

Ambient Temperature History Graph

Tip: Move your cursor over the graph to view the precise power usage for a specific date and time.

Click the inline button to download, save, annotate or print the graph.

Energy Cost and CO₂ Emissions

With more and more businesses going online, servers and data centers are becoming one of the most valued assets in organizations. The demand for data and bandwidth is in constant growth, which leads to growing energy consumption and expenses. Measuring and analyzing electricity consumption is critical to keep control of energy usage and associated operating costs, measure the impact of companies activities on global warming and, establish action plans that reduce carbon emissions.

Hardware Sentry provides real-time visibility into your IT infrastructure’s power usage, costs and carbon footprint.

Green IT Cost and CO₂ Emissions Summary

The Group Details page reports on the consolidated energy usage in kWh for all the hardware devices in the group, by:

  • Day: consolidated kWh consumption and estimated CO₂ emissions for the group in the last 24 hours,
  • Month: consolidated kWh consumption and estimated CO₂ emissions for the group in the last 30 days, and
  • Year: consolidated kWh consumption and estimated CO₂ emissions for the group in the last 12 months.

The Green IT Engine calculates the electricity consumption (kWh), and the estimated cost ($) and CO₂ emissions (kg) for a group, based on the information provided in the Global Settings or Groups Settings.

When there is not enough data to generate the daily, monthly or yearly values an extrapolation is applied to the current aggregation to calculate an estimation. The more data is available to calculate the costs and carbon emissions, the more confidence you can have in the estimation. The confidence is graphically represented with a signal bar inline. Values with lower confidence are greyed out.
Devices List

This section of the Group Details page displays a list of the hardware devices that belong to the Group along with their model, serial number, power consumption and heating margin. The table is fully sortable by a simple click on a column header.

Tip: Use the Search field at the top of the list to quickly find a specific device.

Green IT Group Device List

You might need to export (CSV/PDF) or print your Hardware Devices, you can achieve this via the menu button located on the top inline.

Click the name of a hardware device to be redirected to the Device Details page of the Hardware Devices menu for additional information about power consumption and temperature.

Services

A service in the context of Infrastructure Management consists of a group of applications, middleware, security, storage, networks and, other supporting infrastructure that comes together to enable a comprehensive, end-to-end business process, transaction, or exchange of information.

  1. From the navigation pane, select Green IT > Services.

    Green IT - Services

  2. Click a service to display detailed information about the service.

Service Details

The Service Details page displays the list of associated hardware devices and reports power usage. It also provides real-time energy consumption, electricity costs and estimated carbon emissions analytics.

Green IT - Service Details

Total Power Usage

The Total Power Usage indicator shows the amount of kilowatts consumed by all the physical devices attached to the service since the last collect. It is calculated by aggregating the values of the Power Consumption parameter of each physical device reported by the Hardware Sentry KM Report Monitor.

Total Power Usage Indicator

Click the inline button to display a chart of historical data for predictive modeling.

Total Power Usage History Graph

Tip: Move your cursor over the graph to view the precise power usage for a specific date and time.

Click the inline button to download, save, annotate or print the graph.

Energy Cost and CO₂ Emissions

The Service Details page reports on the consolidated energy usage in kWh for all the hardware devices attached to the service, by:

  • Day: consolidated kWh consumption and CO₂ emissions for all the hardware devices attached to the service in the last 24 hours,
  • Month: consolidated kWh consumption and CO₂ emissions for all the hardware devices attached to the service in the last 30 days, and
  • Year: consolidated kWh consumption and CO₂ emissions for all the hardware devices attached to the service in the last 12 months.

    Energy Cost and CO₂ Emissions Summary

The Green IT Engine calculates the electricity consumption (kWh), the cost ($) and CO₂ emissions (kg) for a service, based on the values provided in the Global Settings or Groups Settings.

When there is not enough data to generate the daily, monthly or yearly values an extrapolation is applied to the current aggregation to calculate an estimation. The more data is available to calculate the costs and carbon emissions, the more confidence you can have in the estimation. The confidence is graphically represented with a signal bar inline. Values with lower confidence are greyed out.
Devices List

This section of the Service Details page displays a list of the hardware devices that are associated with the service along with their model, serial number and power consumption. The table is fully sortable by a simple click on a column header.

Tip: Use the Search field at the top of the list to quickly find a specific device.

Green IT Service Device List

Export (CSV/PDF) or print the list of hardware devices, with the inline buttons located above the list.

Click the name of a hardware device to be redirected to the Device Details page of the Hardware Devices menu for additional information about power consumption and temperature.

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