Effective Server Room Monitoring

With effective server room monitoring you are able to concentrate on running your core business rather than fire fighting to retain business continuity.

Driving a car without a dashboard would be difficult, how would we know when to fill the fuel tank without a fuel gauge? Business premises require effective server room monitoring systems to make sure that all of the support systems are running efficiently. Early warnings of potential issues are essential to ensure that the business can operate both efficiently and effectively.

At Ecl-ips we believe that all of the data that we collect should be available at the touch of a button, rather than being distributed across systems. This in turn, helps the business run in an efficient manner with no lost revenue due to the heating being too low or high, the air conditioning system not working, a burst pipe flooding the server room, etc.

Effective Server Room Monitoring Solutions

Real-time Monitoring from APC Netbotz

Human error server room outagesIT Assets often reside in small enclosed spaces.  Monitoring these spaces assists in providing constant uptime for IT clients. With the modern pressures on data centres, server rooms and communication rooms, real-time monitoring is key. APC NetBotz offers an active, scalable monitoring solution designed to protect against physical threats, environmental or human, that can cause disruption to IT assets. This ensures business continuity by monitoring and protecting IT assets from
environmental hazards or human error. By having immediate detection of any issues IT downtime is minimised as it will prevent an outage or enable a rapid response. Problems are therefore solved before they become catastrophic. Additionally you can include comprehensive video monitoring in small and large rooms allowing for the identification of faces and objects.

APC Smart-UPS Systems: UPS Monitoring

Power failure resulting in network downtime can cost businesses substantial sums in revenue; in addition, data lost during those power failures is often not recoverable. We offer the APCUPS batteries Smart-UPS Systems which can instantly respond to power outages and can support equipment until mains power is available or a generator is active. However, it is important to know the condition of the batteries in a UPS (usually these have a 3-5 year lifespan but a regularly used system will have a shorter lifespan).  Alerts can be sent to inform you of events or when a battery change is due to help you maintain the resilience that you require. In addition to this there are also various software packages that can automatically shut down servers in the event of a power outage.

Most UPS devices have the capability to house network cards that can report on information that is relevant to the integrity of the system, such as battery condition, run-time remaining, load levels, input voltage etc. In addition to this, environmental parameters such as room temperature and humidity can also be measured and reported on.

Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) from Schneider Electric

businessesDCIM is the convergence of IT and building facilities functions within an organisation. The main aim is to provide administrators with a holistic view of a data centre’s performance so that the equipment is used as efficiently as possible.

We are able to offer a comprehensive DCIM solution through Schneider Electric’s Struxureware for Data Centres and its EcoStruxure range. EcoStruxure IT revolutionizes DCIM by delivering a Datacenter Management as a Service (DMaaS) architecture, purpose-built for the hybrid IT and data center environments. The vendor-neutral architecture delivers a new standard for proactive insights on critical assets that impact the health and availability of an IT environment with the ability to deliver actionable real-time recommendations to optimize infrastructure performance and mitigate risk.

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Ecl-ips can help with all your real-time monitoring and power monitoring needs. For an integrated solution contact us.

Server Room Audit

If  you want to ensure that your existing monitoring infrastructure is meeting your current needs Ecl-ips can provide a full server room audit. Our experienced highly qualified engineers will attend your site to carry out the thorough inspection to ensure that you have the right monitoring systems for your business.

What will the audit cover?

  • What security you currently have in place
  • Whether you have any fire detection in place
  • What fire fighting equipment is available
  • Hardware installed including switches, servers and storage devices
  • The peak electrical load required by the equipment installed
  • Checking the age and capacity of your existing UPS equipment
  • The condition of your comms room
  • The temperature of your comms room
  • Air conditioning equipment
  • If any Power Monitoring is installed

Following the visit we will provide a full written report including:

  • A diagram of the room layout
  • An outline of our findings, supported by photographs
  • Recommendations on where we can see any improvements that can be made

Our team are always happy to offer help and advice regarding the upkeep of your comms room and regularly post information on our blog on the culture of common threats to your IT network.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to monitor my server room or IT spaces?

Driving a car without a dashboard would be difficult, how would we know when to fill the fuel tank without a fuel gauge? Business premises require effective server room monitoring systems to make sure that all of the support systems are running efficiently. Early warnings of potential issues are essential to ensure that the business can operate both efficiently and effectively.

How can Ecl-ips help me with server room monitoring?

Ecl-ips is a specialist in the solutions from APC NetBotz and would recommend its products for effective server room monitoring. Their appliances offer an active, scalable monitoring solution designed to protect against physical threats, environmental or human, that can cause disruption to IT assets.

How could a server room audit help me?

If  you want to ensure that your existing monitoring infrastructure is meeting your current needs Ecl-ips can provide a full server room audit. Our experienced highly qualified engineers will attend your site to carry out the thorough inspection to ensure that you have the right monitoring systems for your business. We will provide you with a written report that will recommend the right monitoring solutions for you.