10 Steps to Increasing Data Center Efficiency and Availability - Slide 8

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Centralized monitoring and management

Minimizing system downtime has been the traditional justification for data center infrastructure monitoring and it continues to be a powerful benefit. The ability to view immediate notification of a failure—or an event that could ultimately lead to a failure—through a centralized system allows for a faster, more effective response to system problems.

Equally important, a centralized alarm management system provides a single window into data center operations and can prioritize alarms by criticality, to ensure the most serious incidents receive priority attention. Every alarm needs to be gauged for its impact on operations. For example, it may be acceptable to defer a repair of one precision cooling unit if 30 are working normally, but not if it is one of only two units.

Taken a step further, data from the monitoring system can be used to analyze equipment operating trends and develop more effective preventive maintenance programs.

Finally, the visibility into data center infrastructure provided by a centralized system can help prevent problems created by changing operating conditions. For example, the ability to turn off receptacles in a rack that is maxed out on power, but may still have physical space, can prevent a circuit overload. Alternately, alarms that indicate a rise in server inlet temperatures could dictate the need for an additional row cooling unit before overheating brings down the servers the business depends on.

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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