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Avoid downtime and damage costs with Distributed Infrastructure Management

by Helen J. Wolf
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Distributed Infrastructure Management (DIM) can often be a lifeline for many enterprises with highly critical information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and power sources. DIM can be described as taking over crucial ICT and power components and controlling them in case of a system failure.

A 2014 Gartner report found that the average cost of network outages for businesses overall is $5,600 per minute. This covers many industries and sectors, most of which rely heavily on power and data, such as the mining and telco industries, which are often hardest hit.

When it came to industries specifically, a Senseye report found that unplanned outages were highest in the automotive sector, where factories lost an average of 29 production hours per month at $1.3 million per hour.Avoid downtime and damage costs with Distributed Infrastructure Management

Therefore, DIM must be fully exploited in the best possible way, and to do this, enterprises need effective power management software and systems.

The importance of robust DIM systems cannot be overemphasized. If assets or data centers fail due to a power outage, there would be an increased risk to business continuity, which can sometimes be catastrophic. A notable loss came with the Amazon Web Services crash in March 2017, in which the company lost an estimated $150-$160 million due to downtime.

In particular, data centers, mining, and telecom companies that maintain multiple critical IT and infrastructure sites in remote locations can rely on DIM software to get an aggregated view of their on-site infrastructure and to manage resources remotely or from a central location. Dynamically assign.

Eaton’s Visual Power Manager (VPM) software is Eaton’s flagship DIM software and seems to solve many of the problems that organizations face daily. The technology is part of Eaton’s Brightlayer Data Center Suite. It provides IT managers of the data center, edge computing, and distributed IT environments in many industries the tools to remotely monitor various assets in the power chain, such as switches, rack PDUs, UPS, DCUPS, and large facility devices.

This helps companies monitor power equipment, deliver predefined and custom reports, initiate massive firmware and configuration commands, and have a visual layout of their data center and IT environment, making it easy to keep abreast of trends in their environment and identify and resolve any issues. Issues.

For example, if a major outage occurs, Eaton’s VPM will alert and inform about areas requiring attention and enable diagnosis and mapping to keep critical infrastructure up and running. Each element is tracked and recorded for the most up-to-date power analysis.

Remote access is critical to act quickly if something goes wrong. Eaton’s VPM enables customers to review their power assets in one dashboard and manage all devices remotely.

VPM also improves scalability, maintains rapid data interpretation, and analyzes the entire energy system to support and enhance growth. The technology can also be adapted to the needs of the enterprise, creating better solutions that are more cost-effective.

Eaton’s software also has the bonus of being vendor agnostic and integrating easily with third-party software such as ServiceNow and Remedy.

Eaton offers two highly scalable VPM licenses for different operations and IT environments.

VPM Essential is a self-installable, subscription-based model that provides users with essential power management capabilities in a simplified interface. VPM Professional enables IT managers to visualize infrastructures with asset management and location-based analytics to take necessary actions for the continuous uptime of critical applications.

Real-time alarms to help monitor power infrastructure Mitigate risks with reports, trends, and dashboards Remote access to monitor and control your devices from anywhere Customizable user access for multi-tenancy and feature access restriction Control rack PDU outputs and UPS load segments View outlet and rack power capacity and power events View rack-level phase balancing Predefined trend graphs for variance identification and analysis Simplified budget planning with integrated battery replacement reports.

Watch a VPM demonstration here.

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