Dynamic plugins enable you to add data collection support for PDUs and facilities objects that Power IQ does not support by default. The following device types can be supported by a dynamic plugin:
Note: For a full list of supported devices, go to: Power IQ Rack Monitored Devices Support
There are two types of dynamic plugins: structured and custom.
Structured dynamic plugin:
A structured dynamic plugin is derived from hierarchically structured MIBs. Typically the values are organized in tables in the MIB. For example, a hierarchical MIB for a rack PDU typically has separate tables for elements such as inlets, circuit breakers, and outlets.
In a structured dynamic plugin, you define mappings that represent a series of OID values to be collected. You do not have to provide a mapping for every single SNMP OID that you want Power IQ to collect. If the MIB supports values that can be retrieved that indicate the number of inlets, outlets, circuits, and so on, it is possible to create a structured dynamic plugin that is capable of managing a variety of PDU models. This is not possible with a custom dynamic plugin.
Custom dynamic plugin:
A custom dynamic plugin requires a mapping for every desired reading. For example, you would map values for outlet 1 voltage, outlet 1 current, outlet 2 voltage, outlet 2 current. You must manually specify each object id you want Power IQ to collect, and then map each object id into the Power IQ PDU/electrical device data model.
Custom dynamic plugins are useful when:
Benefits of Dynamic Plugins
There are three primary benefits to using dynamic plugins:
What’s the Next Step?
Raritan can help you to develop a dynamic plugin, or find one that has been certified and tested by Raritan’s professional services team.