Building a data center is one thing. Making it work right is a completely different business, one that requires a variety of tools. Those tools are primarily software applications that help monitor data center functions to ensure power, cooling and other variables are as expected. More importantly, those tools notify administrators when something is not working properly. Many also provide data on potential fixes or, in the case of the most sophisticated, automatically take the required actions to keep the data center running smoothly. The more simple tools can be a good way for solution providers to start a data center management business, but the sophisticated tools are best left to experts.
Check out the top tools providers from this year's Data Center 100.