How do you know when your data centre is too hot?

Wouldn't it be nice to be the eyes and ears of your data centre and know absolutely everything that goes in there even when you are not around..

In today’s environment companies cannot afford for any downtime due to equipment failure. Server and network equipment create a lot of heat when they are enclosed within a room with lots of other devices. The loss of downtime can result in loss of productivity and more importantly loss of revenue. Most IT spaces have a dedicated AC unit but very rarely have a means of monitoring the temperature remotely via a monitoring system.

At Ecl-ips we have found that having an environmental monitoring system in place to monitor the temperature within the room can prove invaluable to our customers. Should an AC unit fail or the increase in heat due to server/IT equipment loads, having temperature monitoring in place can alert you to take action before the inevitable happens. Using the APC NetBotz environmental monitoring solution gives you an early warning either via email, text or SNMP.

Having rack mounted temperature sensors alongside ambient room temperature sensors will provide you with more information about the effectiveness of your AC unit cooling your critical IT equipment. Using this data, you can plot the server room temperature to optimise your energy efficiency.

 

Monitoring your server room efficiently will prolong the lifespan of your equipment by not subjecting them to excessive heat loads. A basic environmental monitoring scheme will include temperature sensing for every IT rack, humidity sensing for every third rack, and leak detection throughout the room. For data centre monitoring, deploying a “rope leak detector” will allow you to protect an entire row or plenum from fluid damage using a single sensing device.  For monitoring a small IT deployment or wiring closet, using “spot fluid detectors” above or below the rack is usually sufficient.

 

 

Many modern computer environments rely on converged IT equipment frequently preconfigured off site in a single rack and then wheeled into a data centre. In a dynamic environment like that, wireless temperature and humidity sensors provide significant deployment flexibility and cost savings by removing all cabling concerns. An added benefit of wireless sensing is the ability to move sensors throughout the IT room as the heating and cooling profile of the room changes, rather than being locked into a rigid cabling structure.

At Ecl-ips we believe that business premises require monitoring systems to make sure that all of the support systems are running efficiently. Early warnings of potential issues are essential to ensure that the business can operate both efficiently and effectively.

APC NetBotz is an active, scalable monitoring solution designed to protect against physical threats, environmental or human, that can cause disruption to IT assets. APC NetBotz delivers the industry’s most robust security and environmental solution over an IP network.

There’s just too much risk in ignoring a simple and inexpensive piece of a computer environment.

Talk to Ecl-ips to learn more about APC by Schneider Electric solutions for IT environmental monitoring, or check out the information on our website.

 

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