Spiceworks, Eaton Release Free UPS Monitoring and Management Software

By Nathan Eddy

Social business networking specialist Spiceworks has teamed with Eaton, a diversified power management company, to offer the industry’s first free power management software features that allow its 1.4 million small and midsize business users to remotely monitor and manage uninterruptible power systems for free through Spiceworks. The UPS features are available in the latest beta release of Spiceworks version 5.1, available through the company’s Website.

UPS power management and auditing allows IT workers to remotely monitor the status of their UPSs, even in some virtualized environments. This includes receiving alerts on network power events and UPS operational health. Users can also audit power management events and pinpoint power disruption sources.

Battery health monitoring shows the remaining power and projected lifespan of UPS batteries. This includes advice on when to replace batteries for specific UPS models. Thresholds can be set to alert IT pros when battery health drops below acceptable levels, and replacement batteries can be ordered when needed.

Connected device monitoring allows users to view network equipment and applications supported by specific UPSs so they can better understand the impact power events are having on specific IT services. Soon, Spiceworks will deliver additional features that enable IT pros to remotely initiate safe shutdowns of UPS-connected devices in the event of an extended power outage.

"Because of our work with Eaton Corporation, IT pros for the first time will have access to free power management software that will help ensure their networks run more smoothly," said Scott Abel, co-founder and CEO of Spiceworks. "It’s another example of how together with key industry players we’re helping the world’s small businesses manage everything IT."

In addition, community integration and expert advisor delivers contextual information within the Spiceworks UPS monitoring view on power management best practices, related Spiceworks community discussions and tips on better UPS management. In addition, Spiceworks users can interact with experts from Eaton as well as other IT pros for answers to specific questions.

"The ability to monitor power to devices across the network is a priority for today’s IT professionals," said Hervé Tardy, senior vice president and general manager for Eaton’s distributed power quality division. "Eaton’s expertise in intelligent power monitoring software along with our knowledge of key IT priorities enabled us to work to deliver this new capability within the latest Spiceworks platform."

This article was originally published on 2011-04-22