Environmental monitoring systems are more than just data centre temperature sensors.
Temperature sensors and humidity sensors are just the starting points for many data centre environmental monitoring systems. Some environmental monitors are built purely to monitor these two important conditions, for example the Geist Watchdog 15, but whilst these conditions are important, environmental monitoring systems are capable of much more. Other sensors to consider beyond temperature and humidity include:
- Water/leak – Water sensors sense the presence of water or excess moisture and can be used around pipework, CRAC units or in water cooled server racks.
- Airflow – Airflow sensors can be used to monitor the flow of air under raised floors or in the front of racks.
- Smoke – Smoke sensors detect the presence of smoke.
- Power – Power sensors can detect the presence or not of utility power being supplied.
- Security / Door – Security or door sensors can be used to monitor access to rooms or IT cabinets.
- Dry Contact – Dry contact sensors can connect other equipment that offer an open or closed or high / low state output. Changes in state can be monitored and alarmed accordingly.
Environmental monitoring systems such as iSensor provide a more flexible environmental monitoring solution capable of monitoring 24 temperature / humidity sensors, and can also incorporate sensors to monitor dust particles and volt free contacts. Some environmental monitoring systems can also trigger other events to happen when thresholds are exceeded for instance sound a siren, turn on a warning beacon or switch on a fan etc.
How a DCIM monitoring system centralises server monitoring and environmental monitors for better data centre management.
Centralising data centre monitoring, power usage and environmental monitors into a DCIM monitoring system not only makes day-to-day management easier but improves overall data centre management enabling data centre managers to make informed decisions about their data centre estate and to make capacity planning decisions to support immediate and future IT installation.
Most monitoring systems utilise IP web interfaces for managing the piece of equipment; each with a separate login. This is fine when you are only managing a few environmental monitors or smart PDUs, but in data centres or enterprise IT environments where there can be multiples of devices, managing them can become difficult. DCIM or Data Centre Infrastructure Management solutions enable systems to be integrated into one centrally managed platform meaning that server monitoring, asset registration, security, power monitoring, building services, CCTV systems and environmental monitoring systems amongst others can be accessed via a single interface. EDP Europe’s DCIM application Sensorium offers a powerful, flexible and cost-effective DCIM solution that uses a modular 64bit .NET architecture to deliver unrivalled performance and expandability and is suitable from small comms rooms to large data centres. It offers peerless integration and superior flexibility. Sensorium’s modular nature enables bespoke dashboards and home screens to be created so that the data relevant to your requirements are right where you need them. Create dynamic icon floor plans of your IT room as well as reviewing real-time and historical data of your cabinet data. You can even integrate your assets and cabinet population into another dashboard. DCIM monitoring systems can be configured in such a way that they provide access to the data needed for better data centre management, all from a single interface.