Measuring the true cost of business IT hardware involves taking account of a wide range of factors, beyond the up-front cost of the hardware itself. This includes the cost of power, maintenance costs and even the final trade-in or resell value of the hardware, for example.
However, one aspect of the total cost of ownership that isn’t always considered is the cost of staff hours and the loss of revenue that results from unscheduled IT downtime. This can be due to system errors, hardware failures, or simply the need to perform software or BIOS updates during business hours.
The ability to more efficiently manage such issues can not only result in a boost to productivity, but revenues too. Thankfully, there are tools available to SMBs and corporates alike that offer features designed to do precisely this; providing IT managers with the flexibility they need to keep the business running smoothly.
- How to take the headache out of business IT provision
- How remote monitoring and control can boost your business
Introducing ASUS Control Center
ASUS Control Centre (ACC) is an IT management tool for ASUS servers, workstations and commercial products, including notebooks, desktops, All-in-One (AiO) PCs, thin clients, and even digital signage, depending on the license level.
It’s a powerful value-add that is included for free with products that are part of the ASUS Corporate Stable Model (CSM) program. This guarantees stable roadmaps and product lifecycles so that IT managers can easily plan upgrade cycles.
The CSM Edition of ASUS Control Center is designed for ASUS mini-PCs and desktops that use compatible ASUS business motherboards. It provides powerful features to monitor and control these devices in order to simplify management and reduce operational expenditure.
Remote monitoring and management
Remote hardware monitoring allows IT managers to detect failing hardware and repair or swap-out the defective assets to avoid downtime due to critical failures. Through the ASUS Control Center dashboard, it’s possible to view fan speeds, working voltages, motherboard and CPU temperatures and storage drive health through S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring.
This provides a snapshot of system health and makes it easy to spot endpoints that require extra attention. Furthermore, by monitoring system utilization and setting alerts when exceptional circumstances are detected, IT managers can head off potential problems before they become critical. This includes failing hard disk drives, or CPU/motherboard failures due to sustained high temperatures that could potentially indicate a cooling problem.