Power monitoring hardware/software

We have been unsatisfied with the performance of our notification from our ups units.  Performance is intermittent at best.  What we are looking for is either a software or hardware solution for an alert when power to our computer room goes out.  We have ups units that buy us a couple of hours (the room was built without a building generator).  We would like to be notified when the power goes out so that we can get in and get the external generator hooked up before we lose battery power.  Does any body have any recommendations of what we could put in place?
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Edmond HawilaChief Operating OfficerCommented:
Since the UPS units work and keep the power going on the Servers a software wouldn't help there wouldn't be a trigger to pickup.
What brand are your UPS? What do you mean you are not happy with the performance of the notifications? If they are set to send an email I think this is as far as you can go..
You would need something quite more advanced in order to be able to send SMS or make Calls.
A workaround I used in the past is the Burglar alarm. Since usually they have call out notifications built in it would call me when the power went down. This of course means that the Burglar Alarm is not connected to the UPS but has its own backup battery system and has a GSM module.
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
Most UPSs can be hooked to a GSM modem to send SMS messages as part of any alerting criteria.  We use the Netbotz units to do this.


Only problem with SMS is that is it going to wake someone up at 4am on a Sunday, for instance, and would they have enough time to get to site AND remedy the problem?  An option here would be to have the SMS also sent to a 24-hour monitored number (your building security co, perhaps), and they can start some call-outs till someone responds...

Or, can you have the Generator set to auto-start?  

I would have thought the UPS manufacturer would be more than happy to sell you some bolt-ons to achieve what you want!

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TOHITAuthor Commented:
We have been using APC, but the notifications seem to go out very intermittently.  We've had notifications come through on some occasions, and not on others.  Although APC is an industry standard, we have had spotty perfromance with them.  We are migrating to TrippLite.  We'll try hooking them up and see if we get more reliable notifacations.
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