Over the course of this series, we have examined several aspects of power management and remote monitoring, including why it is imperative for your critical environment; the infrastructure points capable of being monitored; and the type of information generated. But what can you really do with a power management system? The answer is simple: A LOT.
An extensive range of advantages can be achieved with modern-day power management software, not the least of which is the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing your systems will operate as expected. A reputable solution will not only immediately notify defined users of any issue, but help predict and prevent problems before they occur. These invaluable benefits are a direct result of power monitoring providing administrators with the ability to:
• Monitor and manage UPSs; anytime, anywhere ─ Keeping a pulse on your UPSs without being physically on site dramatically reduces field service expenses, not to mention response time. Even more, you can remotely perform diagnostics, shut down or reboot UPSs, and even establish scheduled shutdowns of UPSs and attached servers.
• Complete an orderly unattended shutdown ─ Sequential shutdown of connected equipment during a power outage enables hundreds of devices to remain protected without requiring an on-site technician. In addition, work-in-progress can be saved, and servers can be remotely rebooted when the blackout is resolved.
• Shut down less critical systems ─ Load segments enable you to power down specified equipment, conserving battery backup for critical devices and extending overall battery life.
• View real-time power conditions ─ Whether inside the building or an entire continent away, system administrators can view power conditions, events and alarms for hundreds of devices from a single screen using a Web browser or a network/building management system.
• Analyze trends ─ Performance data captured by power monitoring software can be invaluable in helping IT staff perform accurate capacity planning and predict potential hazards, such as overload, temperature and battery issues. Graphical data may also be key in preventing recurrences of past problems, as well as the ability to thwart serious threats before they occur.
• Automatically notify personnel ─ Because prompt notification is closely linked to rapid resolution, the alerts that are an integral part of power management software can prove invaluable when it comes to impeding dangerous issues. This, in turn, promotes savings of both time and money.
• Manage assets ─ Some of the most recent power monitoring solutions offer the capability to automatically discover power elements across the network, enabling administrators to easily update, organize and track devices.
• Perform upgrades ─ At the push of a single button, power management software can update the operating system for hundreds of remote UPSs, eliminating the labor-intensive process of downloading firmware individually or requiring technicians to travel to sites.
Now that you are fully aware of the significant advantages afforded by a power monitoring and management solution, it’s time to build a strategy that will optimize your organization’s environment. In the next installment of this series, we’ll tell you how.