The cost of a server shouldn’t just be measured in terms of the initial outlay and the cost of power, but also in the amount of time it takes to manage and the downtime occurred through system errors. For all companies, servers that are easier to manage and that suffer from fewer problems will boost productivity. With the right tools, you can find out how remote monitoring and control can boost your business, making it easier and faster to monitor servers and fix issues.
Remote hardware monitoring is a key feature that all businesses should look out for. With ASUS Corporate Stable Model (CSM) servers, businesses get server hardware monitoring built in via the ASUS Control Center
From a central control panel, it’s possible to view fan speed, working voltages, motherboard and CPU temperatures, and the backplane. Integrated hard disk SMART disk monitoring can keep an eye on drive health, while sensors can monitor CPU utilisation, memory loading and network traffic status.
This information gives a snapshot of system health, but Control Center can also be set to send alerts when exceptional circumstances are detected, such as a failing hard disk or a chassis intrusion. In this way, IT can react to situations before they become critical, increasing the longevity of servers and reducing downtime.
Being able to monitor a situation is one thing, being able to fix problems is a different thing altogether. With remote management solutions, not having to physically travel to a server can be a huge time saver, both in travel and resolution time. This is particularly true for servers stored off-site, or for dealing with issues outside of traditional business hours.
Remote management should be able to handle software updates and control of the operating system, but lower-level access should be available, too. With remote management that can handle BIOS settings, lower-level hardware problems can be handled more easily, too.
Security is also boosted by remote management. Remote BIOS updates can boost low-level security, but software update scheduling and maintenance allows for the careful deployment of newer versions. This reduces downtime, as updates can be performed outside of busy times, but keeps all servers up-to-date. And remote management can handle security settings, such as disabling USB storage to prevent someone with physical access to a server hacking it or installing a virus.
Better power optimisations
Remote monitoring and control can also be used to apply power usage profiles across devices. By carefully controlling energy saving settings, companies can make considerable energy costs.
Scheduling tasks, such as turning devices on and off, should be a priority, as it takes the drudge work out of management and ensures that a task happens when it’s supposed to. In turn, this frees up IT staff to focus on other business-critical tasks.
Remote monitoring and management have the power to transform how companies deal with their server infrastructure. Find out more about ASUS CSM products and Control Center, and how they can benefit your business.