Over the course of this important series, we have examined numerous aspects of power monitoring and management. Now it’s time to take everything you’ve learned and complete the next step: building out an effective strategy for your organization. When it comes to deploying your own power monitoring and management approach, it’s important to realize that one size doesn’t fit all. In fact, an optimal power strategy solution will generally include multiple components that operate in tandem to ensure your uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), power distribution units (PDUs) and other critical components operate at peak performance and efficiency. To fully protect your IT environment, consider packaging together the following solutions:
• Infrastructure management ─ Data center managers rely on infrastructure management products to administer applications, hardware and various facility systems. The three primary types of infrastructure solutions include network management systems (which enable IT managers to view and administer all network devices and resources from a single location), building management control (BMC) systems (which provide centralized control over the facility’s safety, mechanical and comfort systems), and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions (which provide unified control over both IT and mechanical resources).
• Virtualization management ─ Invaluable to data center managers who wish to view and control both physical and virtual machines, these solutions also facilitate the shut down and consolidation of virtual machines during an outage, thereby extending UPS battery life.
• Power monitoring and management ─ Using power monitoring and management solutions, IT managers can perform a wide variety of tasks that promote continuous uptime and efficiency. Entry-level products provide options such as the ability to automatically shut down servers, manage load segments, collect performance data, and set power consumption limits. Today’s state-of-the-art solutions closely integrate with leading virtualization management systems, which allows users to view and manage not only physical devices but virtualized ones, as well. Even more, enterprise-grade power management solutions offer extensive capabilities, such as the ability to generate detailed energy efficiency reports, measure power consumption for charge backs, pinpoint hot spots within the data center, and provide capacity planning information.
• Remote power monitoring service ─ While infrastructure, virtualization and power management solutions place an extensive range of tools in the hands of data center operators, in order to maximize uptime and reliability, a remote power monitoring service is recommended. Staffed by highly trained experts, these services ensure timely notification of any power-related problem regardless of the time of day and automatic dispatch of service personnel when needed.
With the right power monitoring solution, you have the ability to protect your organization’s vital equipment, data and applications ─ not to mention reduce energy costs, increase efficiency and enhance uptime. With solutions available for facilities of virtually every shape and size, there’s never been a better time to ensure you have all pieces of the puzzle in place. Unified Power can help you map out a customized strategy that will provide an umbrella of protection across your entire IT infrastructure.
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