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Why Data Center Monitoring is Critical During the COVID-19 Crisis

By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on May 27, 2020

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when organizations relied upon network computer systems that afforded them very little visibility or control. How much power was one server using compared to another? Was data traffic being routed through the network in the most efficient way? How many more months of life could they expect to get out of a server? Thankfully, the rapid development of data center monitoring technology has made it possible for companies to get the answers to these and other questions faster than ever.

What is Data Center Monitoring?

The modern data center is a remarkable hub of computing and networking activity. From the power and cooling infrastructure to the complex interconnections linking multiple cloud environments, there is a huge amount of equipment and processes that can be monitored and analyzed using sophisticated software.

Data center monitoring platforms gather data that can be used to improve the efficiency, performance, and reliability of the computing infrastructure that supports business operations. They provide information ranging from the most basic data, such as how much power the facility is using, to the most complex, such as how specific types of data packets are being routed through its networking infrastructure. The most advanced form of data center monitoring is sometimes referred to as intelligent monitoring because it incorporates powerful predictive analytics to not only monitor performance trends over time, but also has the ability to anticipate future needs and identify problems before they occur.

Why is Data Center Monitoring Important?

For data center managers, monitoring tools make it much easier to understand what is happening within the facility. They give a true metric of performance, identifying where efficiencies can be improved or what issues need to be addressed. Unfortunately, many private data centers lack sophisticated monitoring platforms, which makes it difficult for organizations to make effective decisions when it comes to their data center strategy.

On the other hand, companies are often hesitant to migrate their assets into a colocation environment because they worry about surrendering what little visibility they have into their infrastructure. If a colocation provider isn’t forthcoming with the data they have or take active steps to prevent customers from accessing that information, their customers will be left in the dark when it comes to their infrastructure. They may not know how much power they’re using or how much they could improve performance by optimizing their server deployment.

Data center monitoring tools deliver this control to colocation customers, providing them with a comprehensive view of their infrastructure and network performance. Rather than finding out a server is going bad when it crashes in the middle of the night, organizations can instead regularly evaluate the state of their network and take action accordingly to address any issues.

Data Center Monitoring and the Coronavirus Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused companies to rethink the way they manage their digital infrastructure. Not only are they relying more on remote work arrangements, but they’re also establishing their own policies to limit direct contact between employees and contractors. Whether they’re managing an on-premises data solution or working with a colocation provider, the old model of sending personnel to manage data center assets is fast becoming obsolete.

Data center monitoring platforms like vXchnge’s award-winning in\site are at the forefront of this change. These tools may have been widely available before the pandemic, but they have rapidly shifted from a “nice-to-have” feature to an essential one.

With the right data center monitoring software in place, organizations can keep an eye on every aspect of their colocation deployment without having to set foot inside the facility. That could include monitoring power consumption, evaluating bandwidth needs, or identifying which servers are due for service. Sophisticated tools like in\site even make it possible to track assets in real-time using RFID technology, providing an extra layer of security and control over colocated assets. Even if a server goes down, data center monitoring software can be used to issue alerts and work requests to on-site personnel. This limits the number of people a business has to send to their colocation data center, which helps it to maintain the social distancing guidelines that will keep employees and their families safe.

For data center providers, the same tools allow them to manage their facilities with fewer people. While colocation facilities may not be ready to go completely autonomous, data center monitoring software can be used to automate many key functions and reduce the number of personnel who need to be exposed to potential coronavirus risk.

Data Center Monitoring with in\site

Information is one of the most powerful tools available to any business. That’s why vXchnge data centers were designed from the ground up with transparency and visibility in mind. The in\site data center monitoring platform isn’t just another powerful feature, but rather something foundational to our colocation services. Every vXchnge customer can access the in\site platform to manage and monitor their assets at no additional charge.

Thanks to in\site, they not only get full visibility into their infrastructure and the real-time, actionable data that comes with it, but they can also actively manage their deployment through the same portal. Rather than using a separate service to issue IT tickets or move assets, customers can use in\site to handle those requests and work orders. And with the in\site API, those same features can be incorporated into existing IT management platforms.

To learn more about how data center monitoring and the in\site platform can help drive your business’s digital transformation even under the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, talk to one of our colocation experts today.

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