There’s no denying that today’s IT managers face significant challenges in their efforts to avoid power-related downtime, which is estimated to cost the U.S. economy $700 billion in annual damages. To begin with, electronic equipment such as storage, servers and network processors are more important — and vulnerable — than ever. That means even the briefest outage is capable of causing massive corruption or damage.
Additionally, power demand from high-density servers, the quest to optimize energy efficiency, hidden risks from invisible power conditions, and expectations to achieve heightened system availability while relying on fewer resources are further obstacles to safeguarding an organization’s IT infrastructure.
Because a power distribution system is so susceptible to stressors, it is essential that IT professionals have the ability to observe and manage the various components in real-time. Here are five specific reasons why power monitoring is so imperative:
1. Knowledge is power. Monitoring gives you the ability to take the pulse of your entire solution — including power distribution, power quality and power backup components —anytime, anywhere. There is no greater value than being aware of the overall health and status of your critical systems at all times.
2. Clear visibility. Power monitoring delivers the comprehensive details you need to execute a variety of essential tasks, such as balancing loads, diagnosing power problems, and ascertaining how to deploy new devices into your network.
3.Get efficient. By helping you understanding your facility’s overall power usage effectiveness (PUE), power monitoring arms you with the data needed to optimize server utilization, bolster efficiency, oversee heat management and tackle other important issues.
4. Energy allocation. By tracking your facility’s overall consumption, power monitoring enables you to confirm utility billing and complete charge backs to specific customers, departments or business entities.
5. Make a plan. Never find yourself looking in the rear view mirror when it comes to identifying trends, planning for capacity, defining a power evolution path, or thwarting potential issues such as capacity bottlenecks before they cause irreparable harm. Power monitoring provides the foresight you need to make informed decisions ahead of time.
In our next installment, we will outline the different pieces of infrastructure you should consider monitoring. In the meantime, let us know if you have a specific question about power monitoring and management by typing it below.