In today’s highly digitized and data-driven economy, operational downtime, whether caused by natural or man-made disasters, has a significant impact on businesses. Power outages from natural disasters or network instability can cause physical equipment damage and failure, and the often overlooked cost of critical data loss and the time required for data recovery must be a key consideration when identifying strategies to ensure business continuity.
These outages can particularly affect small and medium-sized businesses, where IT resources and services may be limited. Investing in a disaster avoidance app can be one of the best ways to help prevent further problems, as it allows business owners to proactively manage, monitor and determine corrective actions before power failures occur, thus can help reduce the cost of recovery.
Part of Eaton’s Brightlayer Data Center Suite, Eaton’s disaster prevention application: Intelligent Power Manager (IPM), provides the necessary tools to monitor and manage power devices in the physical or virtual environment. This innovative software ensures system uptime and data integrity by enabling business owners or IT administrators to remotely monitor, manage and control UPSs, PDUs, servers and other storage devices on the network.
One of the key features of the IPM system is the graceful shutdown setting, which enables SMBs to preserve the functionality of key assets by shutting them down when a shutdown occurs, across multiple operating systems. This prevents data from being destroyed and electrical components from being damaged. With the on-demand power capping feature, the user can extend runtime on critical devices during power outages by pre-scheduling all non-essential devices to turn off first. This allows business-critical servers to be operational until the backup system or power is up.
“With Eaton IPM, companies with a hybrid IT environment can easily configure and manage their distributed IT assets through their Eaton power equipment from a central location. This is particularly useful for ensuring quick and safe recovery, where dispatching IT staff on site may not be possible or cost effective,” says Gavin Swadling, National Sales Manager for Eaton A/NZ, Power Quality division.
Other features of the Eaton IPM:
- Viewing Metrics and Power Constraints
- Easy-to-use wizard-based automation
- Vendor-agnostic monitoring
- Smart load shedding
- Site Recovery Manager Failover
- Power limitation on demand
- Graceful shutdown within clusters
- Protection of complex systems
- Remote automated protection
- 3 license options to suit different business needs
Critical to a network-enabled solution is the ability to seamlessly integrate with industry-leading vendors and IT management systems. With IPM software, Eaton has invested heavily to ensure and validate that the software works seamlessly with its alliance partners, including VMware, Cisco, NetApp, Dell, HPE, Nutanix, Scale Computing and ConnectWise.
Cyber security is also a top priority for Eaton products, and the IPM system is no exception. The software has been proven to be a highly viable and affordable airspace solution that offers a cost-effective way to automate day-to-day IT tasks and schedule cybersecurity airspaces. In turn, this minimizes the attack surface area of a company’s infrastructure and strengthens overall security.
As an SME, keeping your energy and data systems safe and efficient has never been more crucial. Increased demand for energy and power, cybersecurity issues, and competition have led to the need for best solutions and practices to ensure business continuity. Investing in a profitable application to avoid disasters should not be overlooked.