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A real solution for remote data center monitoring and management

Published: June 26th, 2019 By: Glenn Weir

Schneider Electric

It’s one of the dilemmas of the modern enterprise: how to manage networks and equipment in multiple locations around the world. Without switches, routers, servers, and related IT equipment in good running order, operations are bound to be impacted.

Ensuring constant uptime when operations are scattered across multiple geographically diverse locations can be a tall order for any IT department. Adding to the challenge is the fact that workers may not necessarily be at a single remote location: they could be in the field or working from a home office or even a coffee shop. This means increased security vulnerability. According to the iPass 2018 Mobile Security Report, a majority of CIOs suspect their mobile workers had been hacked in the last year.

Remote network management can empower IT to stay on top of network performance regardless of location. Many companies that have gone this route are enjoying a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Monitor remote locations from central location – Real-time monitoring, visibility into how all devices are performing, and even alerts when/if any performance issues arise
  • Monitor from anywhere, even if software server is installed at a central location – Makes it possible for locations to troubleshoot and resolve issues without the need to involve headquarters
  • Mobility without neglecting the network – Remote network access means IT can enjoy full “sight” of the network from anywhere on the planet; having full network data access removes the risk of outages from lack of access
  • Access safeguards providing added security assurance – Requiring encrypted authentication and customized user access can help calm the worries of network administrators who might worry about providing remote access

But enterprises also want security on the other end — on the end of the company providing them with remote network monitoring and management capabilities. They want to know that the company is not only secure from a technological standpoint but also physically secure.

Take Cavern Technologies, for example. Situated within a three-million-square-foot limestone bunker — 125 feet under the prairie in Kansas — it is an especially secure colocation data center. So secure is it that the US National Archives trust the facility to house both a records center and archival storage rooms. 

Cavern Technology’s 300,000-square-foot data center contains private suites, with each one offering clear views of customer system health via Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled EcoStruxure system architecture and platform.

EcoStruxure’s Asset Advisor combines the components of EcoStruxture IT’s on-premise StruxureWare for Data Centers (DCIM suite) with the ExcoStruxure IT app (mobile app) for instant access from anywhere — with Schneider Electric’s Service Bureau (24/7 monitoring) to offer 24/7 data-driven predictive service for business continuity, vendor-neutral asset risk management via sensors and cloud-based monitoring tools, and expert service bureau with recommendations and proactive resolutions.

According to Cavern Technologies vice-president of facilities engineering Mike McDaniel, customers get as much — if not more — visibility into their data centers and overall system health at the Cavern facility than they would running things on-prem.

The digital publication “Getting Power Peace of Mind with Remote Data Center Monitoring and Management Through EcoStruxure IT” helps you get better acquainted with the EcoStruxure platform and with Cavern Technologies — the enterprise-class data centers they offer, and their focus on customer needs and transparency.

Among the topics covered:

  • Two systems, one view – EcoStruxure app gives customers full transparency
  • At your service via mobile app – EcoStruxure allows for remote action so on-call engineers don’t have to be on site to troubleshoot
  • More benefits and what’s next – Plans to expand EcoStruxure’s Asset Advisor capabilities beyond UPS’ to cooling units and other equipment

Download “Getting Power Peace of Mind with Remote Data Center Monitoring and Management Through EcoStruxure IT”