Today, many organizations use standalone software from multiple vendors to monitor and manage their uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), power distribution units (PDUs) and other crucial power quality and environmental devices. Short on features and poorly integrated with other management resources, these outdated applications only add further complexity to a variety of common power-related administrative challenges.
Eaton’s Overcoming Eight Common Power Management Challenges white paper discusses eight such challenges, and shows how a new generation of intelligent, logical and complete power management solutions can help data center managers tackle each of them effectively and efficiently.
Though no two organizations are exactly alike, their IT and facilities staffs often face similar power monitoring and management issues. Fortunately, the latest generation of intelligent, logical and complete power management solutions can help organizations address those issues more successfully.
1. Aggregating power quality device information
To be certain that all of their power quality systems are functioning properly, data center managers need complete, real-time status information from every such device in their IT infrastructure. At present, however, several factors make assembling a consolidated view of power protection and distribution systems tricky.
For one, most businesses today use UPSs and PDUs from multiple manufacturers. Some of those systems lack a connector card, and most of them come with standalone power management solutions that can be difficult to integrate. In addition, many older power management solutions are incapable of monitoring power quality systems outside the data center in locations such as branch offices and lab facilities. The end result of all these issues is that data center managers end up with a fragmented and incomplete view of their power infrastructure.
Today’s intelligent power management solutions help organizations address these problems by providing a truly global view of their power quality infrastructure through a single console. Such systems are compatible with network-enabled power devices—including most UPSs, environmental sensors and PDUs—no matter where they are located. Thus, IT and facilities personnel can easily monitor and manage all of their power quality hardware, both inside and…>>Read More