10 Steps to Increasing Data Center Efficiency and Availability - Slide 4

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With increasing densities, a single rack can now support the same computing capacity that used to require an entire room. Visibility into conditions in the rack can help prevent many of the most common threats to rack-based equipment, including accidental or malicious tampering, and the presence of water, smoke and excess humidity or temperature.

A rack monitoring unit can be configured to trigger alarms when rack doors are opened (and can even capture video of the event), when water or smoke is detected, or when temperature or humidity thresholds are exceeded. These “eyes inside the rack” can be connected to a central monitoring system where environmental data can be integrated with power data from the rack PDUs, while also providing local notification by activating a beacon light or other alarm if problems are detected. They should always be deployed in high-density racks and racks containing business-critical 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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