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How Sentry Power Manager Kills Zombies
While zombies have had something of a renaissance in entertainment of late, the idea of "zombies" as they relate to power systems is an idea that may be in vogue, but is more infamous than anything. That's why Server Technology’s (News - Alert) Sentry Power Manager is taking on so much importance in regard to data center power, and taking care of the zombies that so often make appearances.
A data center is subject to many potential terrors. From the aforementioned zombies--machines, especially servers, that are drawing power yet are doing nothing useful in exchange--to a variety of other, more natural, disasters like fire, flooding and the occasional rat with a taste for cable, many data center professionals are turning to Sentry Power Manager from Server Technology to stem the tide of power-eating, money-wasting hardware.
Using Sentry Power Manager brings in a layer of predictive analysis, as well as a set of trending tools that have undergone a recent upgrade, to give users a way to make sure they're not feeding and hosting zombies on the network. But better yet, Sentry Power Manager isn't just a way to give those zombie devices the grand coup de grace that is the Romero-style head shot. Sentry Power Management also provides users with a way to analyze their power usage over the course of days, weeks and even months. This in turn provides a way to adjust policies accordingly to save money by finding out how power consumption relates to the time of day, or the day of the week, or whenever a pattern may emerge.
The ultimate key to Sentry Power Manager is uptime, keeping servers up and operational despite the demand on the power grid that they represent. The more a server can be kept operating, and churning out work, the better off the end result for the bottom line and for the business itself. Using what's available in the best way possible seldom ends badly for businesses, and getting Sentry Power Manager in place will head off a major zombie problem--a downright Zombie Apocalypse--for servers and server management everywhere.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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