10 Steps to Increasing Data Center Efficiency and Availability - Slide 11

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Centralized monitoring and management

Data center remote monitoring can lift the burden of infrastructure monitoring from internal personnel and place it with an organization with resources devoted to this task, as well as deep infrastructure expertise. In addition to improved resource utilization, a dedicated monitoring organization can respond more quickly to portfolio issues.

For instance, in monitoring data across multiple facilities, they may be alerted to a problem caused by a certain manufacturer's breaker. Very quickly, the manufacturer can be notified so as to avoid a potential problem occurring across hundreds of sites, many of which contain similar equipment.

The first decade of the 21st century was one of rapid growth and change for data centers. For most of the decade, data center managers were forced to react to rapid, continuous changes dictated by the capacity and availability requirements of their organizations, and the density of the equipment being deployed to meet those requirements.

Now, data centers must enter a new stage of maturity marked by a more proactive approach to management to enable increased efficiency, better planning and higher levels of service. Achieving actionable visibility into data center operations requires the ability to collect, consolidate and analyze data across the data center, using advanced devices, sensors and management software.

The 10 steps outlined by Emerson Network Power, and highlighted in this slideshow, provide a systematic approach to building the foundation for data center infrastructure management by deploying and leveraging measurement, intelligent controls and centralized monitoring and management. Data centers employing these 10 prescribed point solutions for infrastructure performance monitoring stand to gain an operational, strategic and transformative advantage for their enterprise or business.

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