of your data center IT
infrastructure & facilities
- Central overview of your entire data center environment, also of distributed data centers
- Reliable security, availability & performance monitoring for efficient data center operation
- Out-of-the box support and integration of common monitoring protocols & well-known manufacturers
5 reasons why experts monitor their data center with PRTG
Whether cloud, hybrid, or on-premises IT infrastructures: in the end, all applications, services, and virtual machines run on physical servers located in a building – the data center. This physical backbone makes it crucial to have a central overview of not only the IT network but also the data center facilities themselves.
- Ensure IT infrastructure security as well as the physical security of your data center facilities
- Collect monitoring data from both classic IT hard- & software and IoT devices for condition monitoring
- Keep an eye on data center power supply systems and important environmental parameters
- Get out-of-the-box support for standards like OPC UA or Modbus TCP for monitoring operational technology
- Keep your costs in check and use monitoring data for optimization measures & saving resources
These challenges make monitoring your data centers with a single solution essential
To ensure the trouble-free operation of a data center, it is essential to keep a constant eye on a whole range of different components, both in classic IT and in building services engineering. This way, you can detect faults or unusual activity as early as possible and so avoid breakdowns, damage, and even unauthorized intrusion.
Optimizing resource consumption
Data centers are cost- and resource-intensive. They need hardware for a reliable IT infrastructure, comprehensive building security measures, climate regulation systems and intelligent power management with backup and redundancy systems in the event of an emergency.
To save on operating expenses for hardware, maintenance, and energy consumption, you need a monitoring solution that collects and stores real-time monitoring data. This provides a precise basis for long-term data analysis and appropriate optimization measures.
Ensuring data center security
Classic IT network attacks are only one aspect how the security of a data center can be compromised. Physical security issues like overheating or even cable fire, leaks in air conditioning systems, as well as unauthorized intrusion can cause massive damage.
This is why a monitoring tool is key to keeping an eye on humidity, temperature, smoke, and other environmental influences, and making sure that CCTV systems and entry alarms as well as firewalls and virus scanners are working properly.
Monitoring distributed data centers
In many cases, there’s not only the one enterprise data center that a company owns. Often, several data centers are used to fulfill different functions and many data center providers also operate various smaller edge data centers that are located more closely to the end user.
All these remote sites produce massive amounts of monitoring data. A professional data center monitor must be able to bring all collected data – even if it’s only from different rented spaces in a colocation data center – together in a unified monitoring overview with a central alerting system.
“In all our tests, PRTG was significantly more reliable and, above all, faster than classic DCIM solutions. We need a solution that gives us a real-time overview of the status of all the data centers we monitor and does not make us wait for what feels like minutes with every click. With PRTG, we have found that solution.”
Ronald Kok, CEO, All IT Rooms
What data center monitoring looks like in PRTG
Diagnose issues with your data center IT infrastructure by continuously monitoring your hardware, applications, environmental metrics, building security, and more. Show monitoring data in real time and visualize it in graphic maps & dashboards to identify problems more easily. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot issues and guarantee service continuity.
Why PRTG is the data center monitoring tool of your choice
Ensure the security of your entire data center
- Prevent network security issues such as DDos attacks, viruses, Trojans, and similar threats
- Monitor IoT technology to detect environmental risks like temperature, humidity, or smoke
- Make sure that intrusion detection and CCTV surveillance systems are available and working
- Keep an eye on access control systems, for example electronic door locks
Keep an eye on the classic IT network
- Ensure hardware health from server racks, computers, and storage systems, to switches and routers
- Monitor virtual environments, applications, services, network traffic, bandwidth, and more
- Benefit from preconfigured sensors like the SNMP Rittal CMC III Hardware Status sensor for easier integration
- Set warning & error thresholds and create custom alerts via different notification channels
Monitor power supply and consumption
- Always guarantee a functioning power supply to prevent outages and SLA violations
- Monitor power distribution units (PDU) and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
- Check the availability of Standby Power Systems (SPS) and Low Voltage systems
- Optimize data center power and energy consumption based on historical monitoring data
Watch data center temperature in real time
- Avoid breakdowns & increased wear on IT components due to overheating or overcooling
- Check the temperature of network devices, server racks, cabinets, and whole server rooms
- Keep an eye on hot spots & cold spots where critical temperature deviations occur
- Monitor your central air conditioning system (HVAC) to use resources efficiently & save costs
Benefit from monitoring building services & facilities
- Easily process monitoring data of operational technology devices via SNMP or API
- Acquire data from industrial IoT devices directly using Modbus TCP, OPC UA, and more
- Seamlessly integrate gateways to translate serial data and forward it to PRTG
- Use the free PRTG Node-RED Connector to read and process data via other protocols such as BACnet
“Excellent tool for detailed monitoring. Alarms and notifications work greatly. Equipment addition is straight forward and server initial setup is very easy. ...feel safe to purchase it if you intend to monitor a large networking landscape.”
Infrastructure and Operations Engineer in the Communications Industry, firm size 10B - 30B USD
Success stories from our customers
Companies around the world trust PRTG Network Monitor when it comes to ensuring that their IT systems run smoothly.
All data centers at a glance with Paessler PRTG
As one of the leading data center operators in the Netherlands, All IT Rooms plans, builds, and operates data centers for customers of all industries. Since 2017, All IT Rooms have relied on PRTG as the basis for its self-developed DCIM solution All-BaaS®. PRTG monitors all components of the data center infrastructure, from cooling systems to uninterruptible power supplies, generators, security systems, and more.
Paessler PRTG supports windCORES in operating green data centers in wind turbines
windCORES are data centers inside wind turbines, the first of their kind in the world. The windCORES brand belongs to the WestfalenWIND Group, which was founded in 2009. Decentralized data centers require a centralized monitoring solution. PRTG monitors the infrastructure of each windCORES data center, as well as the cloud services that customers rent from the data centers in the individual turbines.
ASAC – improving their service to customers with Paessler PRTG
ASAC Comunicaciones S.L. is an IT consulting company and MSP in Asturias, Spain. They offer a broad portfolio of products and services to their customers who are mostly from the public sector. ASAC assembled their first data center in 2008 and they chose PRTG to monitor the data center infrastructure, including physical servers, operating systems, cloud applications, and more.
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Data center monitoring: FAQ
Data center monitoring is the systematic observation and analysis of various aspects within a data center environment. It involves using specialized tools and software to collect and analyze data from various sensors, devices, and systems within the data center. The goal is to proactively identify issues, optimize resources, maintain uptime, enhance security, and support decision-making for better operational efficiency.
Monitoring data centers involves the continuous tracking and analysis of multiple parameters such as hardware performance and health, environmental conditions, power usage, network traffic, security measures, and application performance.
Power usage monitoring in a data center involves the continuous measurement, analysis, and management of electrical consumption throughout the facility. Here's a breakdown of how it typically works.
Data centers use power metering devices installed at various points within the electrical infrastructure. These devices measure electrical parameters such as voltage, current, power factor, and energy consumption.
Sensors and meters are strategically placed across the data center, including at power distribution units (PDUs), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), servers, cooling systems, and other critical equipment. These sensors continuously collect data on power usage.
The data collected from these meters and sensors are aggregated and consolidated by specialized monitoring systems or software like Paessler PRTG. These systems gather real-time information about power consumption from multiple sources within the data center.
Monitoring software processes the collected data to generate insights and reports. It provides information on energy consumption trends, peak usage periods, power distribution inefficiencies, and potential areas for optimization.
The data is often visualized through dashboards or reports, allowing data center managers to easily interpret and analyze power usage metrics. These visuals provide insights into where power is being consumed most, enabling informed decision-making.
Monitoring environmental aspects in a data center isn't just about keeping the temperature and humidity at acceptable levels. It is crucial for several reasons:
- Equipment reliability: Data center equipment, especially servers and networking devices, are sensitive to environmental conditions like temperature and humidity. Monitoring helps maintain optimal conditions, which reduces the risk of hardware failure due to overheating or excessive moisture.
- Energy efficiency: Tracking environmental metrics allows for better energy management. Adjusting cooling systems and optimizing airflow based on real-time data can significantly improve energy efficiency, which reduces operational costs and environmental impact.
- Risk mitigation: Monitoring helps identify potential environmental risks, such as water leaks or power fluctuations, that could lead to costly downtime or data loss. Early detection lets you take prompt action to mitigate these risks and prevent significant disruptions.
- Capacity planning: Understanding environmental factors helps in planning for future capacity needs. Analyze trends in temperature, humidity, and power usage, to make informed decisions about equipment upgrades or expansions.
- Sustainability initiatives: Monitoring environmental aspects aligns with sustainability goals. By optimizing energy usage and reducing wastage, data centers can contribute to a more eco-friendly operation and reduce their carbon footprint.
- Predictive maintenance: Continuous monitoring enables predictive maintenance. By analyzing environmental data alongside equipment performance, you can identify potential issues early and start proactive maintenance measures to prevent costly breakdowns.
Monitoring data center security involves various measures to safeguard the infrastructure and sensitive information stored within it. By implementing these measures, you create a layered approach to data center security, fortify against various threats, and ensure the protection of critical infrastructure and data. Find some of these measures below:
- Access control: Employ robust access controls that restrict entry to authorized personnel only. Use authentication mechanisms like biometrics, access cards, and multi-factor authentication to bolster security.
- Surveillance systems: Install and maintain surveillance cameras and monitoring systems throughout the data center premises. These systems aid in real-time monitoring and recording of activities within the facility.
- Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS): Implement IDPS software and hardware to detect and thwart any unauthorized access attempts or suspicious activities within the network. These systems continuously monitor traffic and raise alerts if anomalies are detected.
- Firewalls and network security: Deploy firewalls and strong network security protocols to control incoming and outgoing traffic. Regularly update and patch systems to prevent vulnerabilities and safeguard against potential cyber threats.
- Data encryption and backup: Encrypt sensitive data and ensure regular backups are performed and stored in secure locations to avoid data loss in case of a breach or system failure.
- Physical security measures: Secure the physical premises with measures such as perimeter fencing, security personnel, and access barriers to prevent unauthorized entry.
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, for example the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, or the free space on a disk drive.
On average, you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
Get more deep-dive information about data center monitoring
This white paper introduces Paessler PRTG as a comprehensive solution for data center monitoring including the monitoring of energy and power supplies, as well as environmental parameters such as temperature or humidity.
Have a more detailed look at how you can increase the physical security of your data center, particularly the server room. Security aspects to keep in mind are access control, CCTV surveillance, and environmental monitoring.