Banish Zombie Servers with DCIM

Posted by James Ball on Aug 28, 2018 12:00:00 AM
See how proper Data Center Infrastructure Monitoring can pay dividends by helping to identify and eliminate zombie servers within your data center.


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Cliches become cliches in part because they’re true. For example, the often-quoted saying, “What gets measured gets managed” has a firm basis in reality. Think about it. If you’re growing a garden of tomatoes, you wouldn’t just toss seeds into dirt, wait three months and hope for the best. Instead, you would carefully water the seeds, prune the seedlings and train up the plants to grow properly using wire cages. The result is a bountiful harvest of ripe, juicy tomatoes in late summer. Measuring - and paying attention - it turns out, makes all the difference in the world.

Which brings us to those dormant servers in your data center that serve no purpose and simply consume, consume, consume power without running any compute load. In some corners of the industry, these are called zombie servers, although “vampire servers” might be a more appropriate nickname, as they slowly suck the lifeblood out of your data center without you even knowing it.

According to, there are now more than 10 million worldwide zombie servers, generating enough energy to power eight major power plants. The report further states that as many as 30 percent of all servers are “comatose.” Without question, that’s a lot of wasted power and money. It also means that there are likely zombie servers lurking in the corners of your own data center.

The ultimate zombie killer? You guessed it. Monitoring.

Data Center Infrastructure Management, or DCIM as most people call it, allows you to monitor a variety of elements within your data center - from power and cooling to branch circuits and rack power strips and more. Here are some benefits to DCIM:

  • Track energy usage at the individual circuit or outlet level.
  • Phase balance your loads to avoid stranding power.
  • Temperature and environmental monitoring, including humidity.
  • Get key alerts for temperature issues.
  • Streamline incident management and log problems for post-mortems.

Instor’s team of data center infrastructure experts are skilled in data center monitoring design and installation. By understanding the complex challenges presented in the data center every day - and that includes those zombie servers! - we can help bring efficiency, reduced downtime and scalability to your data center.

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Topics: Data Center Power