What Happens If You Don’t Monitor Your Data Center’s Health?
Wondering what happens if you don’t monitor your data center power and cooling health? With last year’s rapid and extreme increase in data center workloads, many infrastructure managers are curious about how they can best avoid downtime and boost the long-term health of their data centers.
Therefore, let’s take a moment to talk about what happens when you don’t (and do!) monitor your data center’s health.
What Happens When You DON’T Monitor Your Data Center Power and Cooling Health?
Data centers aren’t simply havens for digital information, they are also physical spaces that require extremely specific thermal environments with precise humidity control. They also contain a staggering number of interlinked electrical components with complex power distribution and backup needs.
- Without data center power and cooling monitoring systems, you may discover (too late!) that your temperatures or humidity levels are just a few degrees higher than they should be – which can destroy your equipment or reduce its longevity. At best, this will cost you thousands of dollars in unnecessary energy expenses.
- Without insight into your power distribution and the performance of your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, you may experience latency issues or suffer the effects of a totally preventable power surge that destroys mission-critical equipment. We can all agree that it’s best to avoid preventable downtime.
As you know, remote business operations are the name of the game for success in our COVID-positive world. You do not want to end up without seamless online operations for even a minute, much less a few hours or days.
What Happens When You DO Monitor Your Data Center Cooling and Power?
Over the nearly 60 years that Donwil has been in business, our expert team of data center power and cooling professionals has learned that it’s best to focus on the positive. So, let’s not think about the disaster scenarios that could befall you without data center cooling and power monitoring.
Let’s focus on the effortless and seamless operations that proper monitoring can provide:
When you deploy a range of targeted monitoring solutions, such as IoT monitoring sensors, battery monitoring solutions, and comprehensive remote data monitoring solutions, your team can easily keep a close eye on data center health remotely. You’ll have the ability to continuously monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your tightly packed data center, as well as proactively control or mitigate power consumption and surges.
- With temperature and humidity monitoring, you can optimize your total energy usage costs to take advantage of the lowest prices available. You can also significantly reduce the likelihood of electrostatic discharge damage resulting from low humidity or corrosion resulting from high humidity.
- With UPS and power distribution monitoring, you can make confident decisions about how to balance power levels and maintain high performance. This helps you guarantee the right amount of power — at the right cost — to support varying demands on your IT equipment around the clock.
In addition to cost savings, better uptime, and longer equipment lifespans, data center power and cooling monitoring can help you identify and address bottlenecks in performance proactively and improve the quality of experience for customers and employees accessing your digital resources.
Is It Time for You to Monitor Your Data Center’s Health?
In the past, your organization may have relied on reactive maintenance measures for your data center power and cooling tasks, such as manually adjusting the temperature when servers were running hot or ordering new equipment and peripherals only after you’ve used up the spares for emergencies.
The problem with reactive maintenance measures is that they require a full staff inside the data center around the clock, and they rely heavily on efficient IT equipment supply chains.
As the pandemic continues, your organization (like many) may be considering a reduction in full-time in-person staff – and we have all seen the shocking inefficiency of technology supply chains over the past year.
In an environment like this, it’s best to move beyond reactive measures and turn instead to the full insight that proactive maintenance can bring. After all, your data centers are now more important to your organization than ever before – it’s worth it to keep a close eye on them.
Get Help with Your Data Center Monitoring
It won’t be news to hear that in today’s high-speed, online-only business environment, your organization needs to ensure that your data centers are always running. Donwil can help.
Since 1965, Donwil has been the team to trust for sales backed by responsive and reliable service for enterprises that want to get the most from their critical business process power and cooling solutions. As the exclusive provider of Vertiv, Liebert, Starline, and Hitachi, Donwil delivers a range of critical services and solutions to keep organizations across Western Pennsylvania, Western Virginia, and Eastern Ohio always running.