How It Works

Cato’s Patented Power Orchestration Platform Unlocks Stranded Power in your Data Center.

Power Orchestration Platform

Cato continuously monitors power consumption, assesses the risk, and takes actions. If a potential risk is identified, M9 takes just the right number of lower SLA racks offline for a required period of time to help bring the risk within acceptable limits. M9 software’s intelligent orchestration minimizes SLA compliance concerns. The actions taken by M9 software can range from notifying tenants to manually reduce their workloads to automatically taking workloads offline using smart circuit breakers and other devices that help control power flow.

  • Unlock - The platform monitors power infrastructure and identifies opportunity for oversubscription. It connects to network-enabled PDUs, branch circuit monitors, switched rack-PDUs and server BMCs to monitor power consumption at all levels of the data center. Aggregating this information with historical and predicted power patterns, it helps the data center operator identify the opportunity for oversubscription in various zones of the data center.

  • Assess - The platform identifies individual zones of operation based on the topology of the data center and the power constraints either detected by the system or specified by the data center operator. By evaluating the instantaneous power consumption along with historical and predicted power patterns, the system determines the risk level of the data center. This assessment is comprehensive and takes into account all the SLA commitments as well as tenant behavioral patterns and anomalies learned during the system operations. It uses advanced simulation techniques to identify all possible areas of risk.

  • Act - In coordination with risk assessment, the platform evaluates the potential actions that can be taken to manage the risk. This takes into account tenant SLA commitments as well as any previous SLA impact on all tenants of the data center. The actions can range from notifying tenants to shut down workloads, actuating smart breakers in RPPs or busways, or controlling server BMCs to bring data center power consumption within manageable limits. When the risk is mitigated, the actions can be reversed to bring additional workloads back online.