IP Network Discovery as a way to manage Data Center Power, joulex

I had a chance to talk Tom Noonan, President & CEO and Tim McCormick with joulex to discuss their data center power management solution.  What caught my eye is Tom's ME background and experience in systems engineering and real-time process control systems.

Tom Noonan
President & CEO

Tom Noonan assumed the role of president and CEO at JouleX in 2010 and also remains a partner at TechOperators, an early-stage investing firm he co-founded in 2008. He is the former chair, president and CEO of Internet Security Systems, which was acquired by IBM for $1.5 billion. Prior to ISS, Noonan held senior positions at Dun and Bradstreet Software, where he was vice president, worldwide marketing.  

After graduating from Georgia Tech with a Mechanical Engineering degree, Noonan joined Rockwell Automation as a systems engineer specializing in real-time process control systems for industrial automation applications. Noonan founded two successful control systems technology companies while residing in Boston: Actuation Electronics, a precision motion-control company and Leapfrog Technologies, a software development environment for real time process control and automation applications.


Tim McCormick
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Tim McCormick brings over 25 years of marketing, sales and business development experience in both enterprise security and application software. Prior toJouleX, he was vice president of the Business Solutions Group at IBM Internet Security Systems. He also served as vice president of marketing for Lancope, a leading network behavior analysis and anomaly detection provider, and at ClickFox, a customer behavior intelligence solution provider.

One of the things that impressed me is JouleX uses an IP discovery strategy that allows an agentless approach to discover the inventory of power devices in the data center.  Note the Routers and Switches which are in the center of this diagram.



Working with other systems that has information about IP devices makes the discovery easier by communicating with devices that manage other devices.


This approach allows JouleX to create graphs like this on where the power is being used based on the IP addresses inventoried.