These monitoring software solutions include range of software packages for the products and systems supplied by Server Room Environments. They include UPS monitoring, environment monitoring and DCIM software.
Climate change is driving up ambient temperatures and causing extreme weather patterns. For server room and datacentre operators, these environmental issues are placing a greater strain on their critical infrastructure systems. Server room air conditioning systems are placed under greater load during heatwave conditions and UPS systems must use their battery power more often to cover small power outages and complete mains power failures.
There are several good reasons for monitoring a server room or datacentre for temperature and humidity, but should you place sensors and detectors at the server rack or room level and just how many sensors is the right number?
Rising cooling requirements are a common problem faced by many organisations as they adopt the latest server technologies, including high power computing. The higher the power draw of the latest servers the greater the need for air conditioning as their kW power draw adds an equal demand to the size of the air conditioning required. Edge Computing and micro data centres add another layer of complexity to the need for a dedicated remote environmental monitoring system.
When you need both email and SMS text alerts there may be several ways to do this. Most environment monitors will have an Ethernet/IP connection for a local area network. This allows their associated monitoring software packages to ‘monitor’ the devices and issue email alerts when an alarm condition arises. SMS text alerts may be generated by the software linking to an ‘email to SMS’ text service. This assumes that the environment monitor hardware does not have a built-in GSMSIM card holder via which it can issue a text. For some products it is also possible to put an SMS-Gateway device onto an Ethernet/IP network. The SMS-Gateway can be used by any compatible device on the network to issue an SMS text alert as required.
MQTT stands for MQ Telemetry Transport and is a lightweight and low bandwidth ‘publish-subscribe’ network protocol for transporting messages between devices, usually over TCP/IP. MQTT is a commonly used communications protocol for Machine-2-Machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices including environment monitors, and mobile applications, allowing them to communicate and report their data to a master station i.e. a Cloud-based portal or in-house server or computer running the appropriate monitoring software.
LoRa stands for ‘Long Range’ and is a communications protocol for long range, low power, wireless device communication and is a communications method for IoT devices. LoRa uses a license-free sub-gigahertz radio frequency bands; 433 MHz, 868 MHz (Europe) and 915 MHz (Australia and North America) and enables long-range transmissions of up to 10km with la ow power consumption.
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