Power IQ DCIM Monitoring
Now Available: Power IQ DCIM Monitoring Version 6.1
March 20, 2018
Julia Sine

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Power IQ® 6.1, Sunbird’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Monitoring software. If you’re ready to upgrade to the latest version, simply download the update files from Sunbird’s support portal. If you’d like more information, check out our release notes or continue below to read our DCIM software highlights.

What’s New in Power IQ

Power IQ 6.1 continues to further Sunbird’s mission of developing fast-to-deploy, easy-to-use, complete data center management software.

Mass Configuration of iPDUs

Deploy, manage, and update facility items faster with Power IQ’s mass configuration features. In Release 6.1, users can now bulk update IP addresses, subnet masks, gateways, SNMP settings, and trap destinations across a set of facility items. Updates can be made in both Power IQ and on Raritan facility items, without the need to log in to each device.

Bulk configuration options for Raritan facility items have been enhanced to make it faster and easier for you to make changes across multiple Raritan PDUs. Power IQ 6.1 provides a single place to update administrator passwords (added in Power IQ 6.0), change trap destinations, and configure SNMP credentials. Save time on periodic changes by creating a template with your changes and running it as needed.

For example, if a user had to update the password and community string on 100 PDUs, that could take days because the user would need to log in to each PDU and manually change this data. With this feature, the updates can be completed in minutes through a single interface, with each change logged in a detailed audit report. If the user needs to update the passwords and community strings every six months, a template can be created that the user can run as necessary. If the configuration of an iPDU is erroneously changed, it can easily be restored back to a previous configuration through Power IQ.

Enhanced Scalability and Data Retention

Our engineers tested a broad range of outlet- and unit-metered PDUs to simulate a standard data center environment and made significant improvements to both polling and charting performance, enhancing our already scalable DCIM software.

Additionally, Power IQ 6.1 provides users with the ability to keep more raw data for longer periods of time with the data archive. The data archive is a powerful beta feature that enables users to retain the raw data while minimizing system performance impact. This feature is useful in cases where users need to audit a past event on a specific facility item or rack. With Sunbird’s enterprise-class polling engine, a user could store raw data from 6,000 outlet-metered PDUs or 9,000 unit-metered PDUs on a single Power IQ instance, and from within the GUI, analyze this archived data to trend capacity or investigate unexpected changes in active power, voltage, and other critical attributes down to the outlet level. 

Residual Current Monitoring

Release 6.1 also introduces residual current readings for Raritan iPDUs, allowing users to monitor this data within the Power IQ GUI. Most data center assets leak a small amount of current, resulting in not only current loss but also the possibility of energizing the ground. The ability to measure current leakage is a critical feature for European data centers and other facilities focused on safety as well as environmental impact. 

Other enhancements in Power IQ 6.1 include the location information in events and notifications, enhanced out-of-the-box support for Schleifenbauer, HP, and APC Netbotz PDUs, support for Linux® KVM as an additional Power IQ virtual platform, and Chinese GUI translation updates. For more information on these enhancements and improvements, see the release notes.

How to Upgrade

To download the Power IQ 6.1 upgrade, current customers will need to have a valid maintenance contract and user login. To create an account, visit the support portal. Your email address and associated company information will be validated.

Once you sign up, you will have complete access to our self-service portal, where you can gain access to expert tips and tricks and track the status of your support issues.

Ready to upgrade? Download the update files on the Sunbird support portal.

Want to try before you buy? Take a test drive of Power IQ 6.1 today.

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