Environmental monitoring in data centers
Energy consumption and heat generation in data centers are steadily increasing, as servers become smaller and power density increases.
In some cases, modern servers generate up to 10 times more heat than what the air-conditioning system was originally laid out for. To avoid failures, data centers are often undercooled, resulting in unnecessary and excessive energy consumption.
Monitoring energy consumption in server rooms is therefore essential. Two approaches are used to assess the energy-efficiency of a data center: PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) and DCIE (Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency).
To avoid hot spots and at the same time operate data centers with energy efficiency, monitoring the parameters of temperature and humidity is a key factor.
What to look out for?
The minimum requirement for monitoring temperatures in data centers is the use of a Min/Max thermometer, which displays the respective minimum and maximum temperatures between two manual checks. However, such a Min/Max thermometer also bears its risks and inconveniences.
For one, the thermometer must be read very consistently each day, and in addition, the staff in charge of the recording must be reliable and trustworthy.
The principle disadvantage of a Min/Max thermometer, however, is the inability to send out a reliable alarm in the case of threshold violation (preferably before any damage occurred)!
How do I check if my data center maintains the required temperatures?
Nothing easier than that. The SenseAnywhere monitoring system allows you to keep on top of the temperatures in your data center. The system is easy to install and extremely intuitive to use. Keep track of the continuously recorded data at a glance - in the data center, at home or even while on the road. Configure temperature thresholds and get warned on the PC, by e-mail or SMS if these thresholds are violated - this is the only way to avoid damage before it occurs. On request, the system creates fully automatic reports for documentation and possible submission to external organisations.
And the best thing is... ...it doesn’t generate any extra work for you! Position the Sensor Modules where they need to monitor conditions, and after a simple and quick set-up phase, the monitoring system runs completely automatic and reliable - only drawing your attention when you need to step in.