Recurring power outages are more than just a nuisance. They also have negative implications for the life of your hardware, the efficiency of your workloads, and your ability to serve customers reliably during their time of need.
Enterprise-grade power management software doesn’t just aim to solve problems associated with unexpected power outages — it also helps companies become more environmentally friendly. It goes far beyond the limited capabilities of desktop operating systems and individual devices to monitor entire infrastructures from a centrally managed location.
Here are some ways power management software can help you save:
Reduce the risk of downtime with automation
Businesses lose a huge amount of money to unscheduled downtime. To keep mission-critical applications running, it’s essential to take corrective actions before a problem becomes serious and costly.
For example, the system can automatically cap power consumption if it detects an unusually high operating temperature, thus giving you time to resolve the issue before it causes serious disruption. In another example, an imminent power failure may trigger an automated live migration to a redundant system. Automated advanced alerts keep decision makers informed no matter where they are.
Maximize the life cycle of your hardware
Unusually high power consumption doesn’t necessarily mean there’s high usage. A server may start consuming more power for running its cooling systems. This happens when the system is faulty or overloaded, possibly due to a build-up of dust inside the machine or hardware damage. Power management software provides a complete visual overview of the health of your computing infrastructure, allowing you to gather insights on how to better manage the life cycle of your hardware and maximize its life span.
Customize settings for optimal performance
Power management solutions offer centralized dashboards where administrators can create, deploy, and enforce power management policies across the enterprise. They can decide the kind of compromise that optimizes both performance and power consumption, plus they can apply different plans to different systems as required.
For instance, they can reduce total power consumption by reconfiguring the system to automatically turn off monitors or put computers on sleep mode when they haven’t been used for a set amount of time. Power management software makes it possible to do this at scale, rather than changing the settings per machine.
Target operational inefficiencies easier
The more efficient a building and its infrastructure are, the higher their value. Effective power management helps you understand your energy consumption, identify unnecessary waste, and target inefficiencies. Unusually high power consumption may reveal ailing hardware or systems lacking in capacity. This lets you identify avoidable energy waste, assess the effectiveness of your energy-management initiatives, and check your energy consumption against invoices and charges more easily. All these factors have a positive effect on your expenditures.
Improve business continuity by reducing risk
Every computer or device connected to the corporate network is a potential entry point for attackers, which is one of many reasons why systems should be switched off when they are not in use. Since the cost of a data breach and other security incidents can be enormous, any investment in security and business continuity should also be considered as saving money in the long term. Power management software should also be able to bring machines back online, even in the middle of the night, to apply critical security patches or back up data to off-site systems. This improves business continuity and reduces the risk of unexpected costs associated with an incident.
Kortek Solutions helps you maximize your technology investments with highly efficient power management solutions. Call us today to find out more.