Environmental Monitoring: Mission Critical Monitoring, or Mission Impossible?
Posted by RJ Tee on October 23, 2017
- Power Distribution and Monitoring
Data center environmental monitoring is nothing new. Systems such as the first Sensaphones have been around for decades, dialing out on POTS lines to report on space, power, and cooling. But don’t get me wrong – we’ve come a long way, baby.
As our friends at the Green Grid have correctly noted, you cannot improve what you are not measuring. It is safe to say that, up until now, we have never had access to the volume of information we can capture now, nor could we process it into useful and actionable data. But one thing has not changed, and that is the fact that we still rely on probes and sensors to capture all those little kernels of information.
What if I told you that Server Technology, known around the globe as the power strategy expert, with its team of electrical engineers and their trophy wall of industry patents, is really a data center environmental monitoring firm in disguise? Or that a typical rack PDU is an advanced monitoring solution with a little power distribution thrown in to keep up the ruse?
Yeah, I’ll accept ‘crazy’ as your answer, but hear me out, Ethan Hunt.
- Our rack PDUs can capture real-time data on temperature and humidity.
- Ditto leak detection and security.
- We can provide data points on power at the rack, row, PDU, or outlet level.
What’s more, did you notice that we are capturing information at the source, from the source?
Since our rack PDUs speak BACnet and Modbus, you can report the information back to the DCIM package of your choice. The information gathered can provide instant feedback on environmental conditions, as well as the numbers you need to evaluate your PUE, cooling efficiency, power utilization, capacity planning, and more.
Not bad for a rack PDU.
Click here for more information about Server Technology’s mission, or check out our full field report on Advances in Power and Environmental Monitoring. Or stand watch with a DCIM software, like our partner Sunbird, Power IQ.