I have been told to go ahead and buy a server room environment monitoring system and have a budget of around ¬£500 - ¬£700.
I would like this system to monitor the basics (rising water, room temperature, server cabinet access, power etc...) and I would like it to report to me via a) Nagios or similar during normal hours and b) via SMS message outsisde normal hours. The school landlines come into that room, so the monitor could interface with them or if necessary, a mobile gateway could be purchased (would have to be included in the cost above).
So, any suggestions/ideas how people do it at the moment?
Looks good, I'd probably go for the Senturian and some probes - how do you then hook it up to send SMS's?
Dunno I don't have one just looked at openxtra before.
I gave them a call, and it seems that to do this, you need intellipool network monitor and a SMS/GSM modem (either fixed line or GSM type) to do it - which costs about ¬£150 at site prices. Then add in the rest, and I have a solution for about ¬£712.50. Let's see if they'll do me a discount.
Very cool! Not heard of this type of device before
Next do a good set of thermometer cufflinks for a tenner, and they actually work!!
Really, Have you been living under a rock ?Originally Posted by ittech
Anyway I would recommend a APC/netbotz starting at around ¬£500. You can get all sorts of additional sensors. And it communicate to your snmp management console, plus integration for those who can afford Openview.
Seeing as he's got the cash this is the best option IMHO.
You could always look at the Nagios recommended stuff (see http://www.nagios.org/products/ ).
Option 2 would be to stick an SNMP management card in your UPS and then you only need two-wire sensors for door contact and water (there is a thermomenter included with the card). This can then 'speak' to Nagios without any poblems.
We have a couple of these:
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How common are these in schools? I've heard of them and seen them used in businesses, but never really imagined it to be worthwhile in a school.
I don't know how common they are, but put it this way, how much is your server equipment worth? 30k? 40k? If the A/C unit fails, you could end up with overheating servers - costly. If the room floods, you'll end up with fried servers - costly. If someone goes in and tries to access the cabinet without a key, your confidential data is at risk. All these things are worth preventing - especially for the cost of ¬£700 or so!Originally Posted by monkey_boy
I had a look, but in order to hook the system up to use SMS messages, you have to buy a piece of software called SMS 500 - which hooks into Exchange, which we don't run.Originally Posted by steve
The netbotz can be setup for sms without additional software, but you do require a CompactFlash GSM/GPRS compatible modem, you would have to budget an additional ¬£100 for this.Originally Posted by localzuk
For what I want to do, the Netbotz seems a bit too expensive - comes to about ¬£400 more than the openxtra/sensatronics stuff.
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