Data centers are at the heart of operation for any enterprise that utilizes an ICT infrastructure. They essentially host business applications and storage space for the entire business network. Data centers might be anything from just a single rack with a couple of servers, to those spanning across cities or even countries. Downtime in your data center is just not acceptable. As a data center manager today, you need to take a proactive approach to management in order to increase efficiency, plan better and offer higher levels of service. The best way to do this is to actively monitor and maintain your facilities.
Real time datacenter monitoring becomes paramount when organizations want to ensure low downtime and improve overall performance of your data center. However, there are several vital aspects to be monitored, which becomes virtually impossible as the size of the data center increases.
What is Data Center Monitoring?
Data center monitoring is a broad process that focuses on monitoring the entire data center infrastructure. Typically, data center monitoring is performed through automated tools that provide statistical insights and visibility into the health and status of your data centers by tracking specific metrics in real time and sending alerts or notifications when readings exceed or fall below the set thresholds. Data collected from monitoring your data center can be stored, analyzed, and displayed in business intelligence and analytics dashboards and reports in your DCIM software to help you make data-driven data center management decisions. You can monitor everything from an entire data center floor down to a single outlet on an intelligent PDU. Given the distributed nature of modern data center environments, you may even monitor different “lights-out” enterprise locations or the cabinets you own in a colocation data center.
Data center monitoring usually incorporates:
- Monitoring data center servers and computers for performance, security uptime and more.
- Monitoring and managing network operations and resolving network problems as they arise.
- Providing end-to-end visibility across all data center components including computers, storage, network and software.
In addition to monitoring IT-specific components, data center monitoring also focuses on monitoring supported elements such as:
- Power availability and consumption.
- Data center temperature, and the heating and ventilation systems.
- Physical data center security to restrict unauthorized personnel from entering the premises.
IDCS provides cost effective solutions for DCIM, environmental, power and surveillance monitoring of your data center. Monitor humidity, temperature, door contact, and other options remotely from network closets to data centers. We offer products that give you fully automated, real-time data center monitoring solutions that significantly reduce the time and cost of tracking and managing IT assets and the environmental conditions that surround them.