Data center power monitoring company Server Technology (News - Alert) makes all its customers a promise, “We’ll let you know when things go wrong.”
Server Technology, a company that has provided the biggest companies in the world with power management solutions for more than 25 years, guarantees that its technology will not only monitor your critical infrastructure but also let you know when things go awry.
“Even the best data centers, when designed efficiently and intelligently, will encounter unexpected issues,” Server Technology officials explain on the company website. “Common problems that occur include heat, overloaded/tripped circuits, power density, redundancy, capacity planning, uptime, space constraints for growth, technology changes, security, monitoring, returning with a positive ROI, consolidations, and more.”
“Data center managers can't always avoid the problems, but they can strive to do their best to stay in front of the tribulations when they occur,” they added. “This can most easily be accomplished by implementing a system to alert you when trouble arises so that counteractive actions can be deployed to maintain normalcy.”
Server Technology offers instant messaging, sending alerts to customers when something has gone wrong in the data center regarding power, temperature or humidity at the rack level. All customers have to do is set the criteria and when those thresholds are exceeded, Server Technology will inform you.
There are two main times that real-time alerting can be particularly helpful: when power issues or extreme environmental conditions occur. These two occurrences can be the “biggest server killers,” according to the data center power company.
“Considering that you spent a pretty penny to purchase the device, it makes logical sense to invest in equipment that can protect the device, and it also makes sense to invest in a system that can help you resolve the problem to keep your IT and business operations intact,” company officials explain.
Fortunately for data center managers out there, Server Technology offers Server Technology Intelligent CDUs (Cabinet Power Distribution Unit), which offer measurements like inlet, branch or outlet-level power monitoring s well as optional temperature/humidity monitoring. These measurements can be seen by logging into the devices' built-in firmware (GUI) directly over the network or through a global CDU management system like Sentry Power Manager (SPM).
The CDUs have the ability to alert and alarm you when your conditions exceed your pre-set thresholds and SNMP traps and email alerts are available in the event that a power or environmental problem arises.
“If a circuit overloads, you will immediately know and be able to track it down,” officials explain. “If the cabinet becomes too hot, or too humid, you will immediately know and have time to make the necessary moves to save the data center. This is a simple way to roll up power and environmental alerting and alarming into one solution, while providing the necessary branch circuit protection, measuring and monitoring that you also need.”
The CDUs “never sleep so that you can,” officials add. Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves