It’s no secret network managers today must ensure the highest availability of their networks to meet overarching business challenges. This means network managers must ensure they have the tools necessary to aid them in not only managing the network but in also recovering the network when it goes down. However, network recovery really begins with prevention. While there are an abundance of technologies available at the software level to help network managers maximize uptime of their servers, there exists only one true standards-based hardware-level approach to maximizing high availability of server hardware health – the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). Set-up, monitor, manage, maintain, and recover are the stages that make up the typical IT lifecycle. Each stage plays a critical role in reducing downtime.