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Downtime Monitoring

Understanding what Downtime Monitoring Entails

The term downtime monitoring is used to refer to that time during which production is stopped, especially during setup for an operation or when making repairs. An organization’s system is thus unavailable during downtime monitoring. The inactive time between periods of work, which ultimately leads to downtime monitoring, is due to systems failing to provide or perform their primary function. Downtime monitoring is usually the result of a system failing to function because of an unplanned event, or due to routine maintenance. 

Industries to which Downtime Monitoring is applied to

Downtime monitoring is commonly applied to servers and networks. Common reasons for downtime monitoring include system failures (like a crash) or network outages, leading to communications failures. Downtime monitoring is also applied to industrial environments, in relation to failures in industrial production equipment. Some facilities use downtime monitoring to measure the downtime incurred during a work shift, or during a 12 or 24-hour period. Downtime monitoring can be mechanical, electrical, or operational of origin.    

Causes of Downtime Monitoring

Downtime monitoring might be necessary due to a failure in software (logic controlling equipment), hardware (physical equipment), interconnecting equipment (such as cables or routers), wireless transmission (satellite, wireless), and capacity (system limits).

The failures which ultimately lead to downtime monitoring occur because of scheduled downtime (outages designed into the system for a purpose such as software upgrades and equipment growth), environment (support systems like power and HVAC), overload (traffic or system resources stressed beyond designed limits), engineering (how to use and deployment), damage, failure, design, procedural (improper use by humans), other (none of the above but known), or unknown.

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