Server Room Environment Monitoring Systems

When it comes to critical environments like server rooms and datacentres you need the right monitoring solution and one that allows both local and remote management and control of your IT and associated hardware.

Datacentre Environmental Sensors

One of the principle aspects of any critical IT environment to monitor is the temperature and humidity. Server rooms and datacentres typically house many thousands of pounds of IT hardware, processing and storing data. Whether this is within an enterprise-type datacentre or Co-location (Colo) datacentre, it is imperative to monitor the temperature within the room.

A rise in air temperature can indicate a failure within the HVAC cooling system or a hot-spot within a server cabinet or in-row server cabinets which could lead to server failure or a potential fire hazard. Early indication of a temperature rise allows early intervention and diagnostics which can lead to the saving expensive equipment (shutdown to prevent damage) and the continuous operation of the IT facility. High humidity can also indicate potential failures in the HVAC system leading to corrosion, rusting of metal surfaces and contacts and damage from water leaks in the cooling/sprinkler system. High server room humidity can also lead to static electricity build-up which can result in hardware damage.

A server room monitoring system from Server Room Environments will consist of a set of sensors, a monitoring platform and software package including the following elements:

  • Door contact sensors (entry doors and server racks)
  • Air movement, sound, temperature and humidity sensors
  • Server room temperature alarm
  • Fuel and leak detection with extra-length sensor cables to reach other rooms and voids
  • Rack temperature sensor
  • Installation formats including rack mount, wall mount and server cabinet pole mount
  • Sensor powering via Power over Ethernet (PoE), USB or DC power cables (12/24/48Vdc)
  • A central monitoring platform with built-in dry signal contacts, front panel LCD (OLED) and interface options including: electrical power, lighting, security and fire alarms. The central monitoring platform may have its own built-in battery backup or be protected by a UPS system and may store data locally on drive/memory set or upload on a regular basis to a Cloud-based platform. The data should also be available in real-time for an instant overview.
  • A software package that can be configured for use with tri-band GSM modems and SNMP TCP/IP or Modbus TCP network interfaces (hardwired or WiFi) for remote alerts (via text message, telephone call or email) and Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) packages including Schneider, Emerson, IO, Nlyte, iTracs, HP OpenView, IBM Tivoli, CA, BMC, IO, Modius, MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, Zenoss, ManageEngine, Ipswitch WhatsUp, Paessler PRTG, Solarwinds and many more.

When an alarm condition occurs it is important to get a quick overview in order to assess the situation and decide on a course of action. For this, Server Room Environments can also provide a visual link via a web-cam or IP-camera video connection into the room.

Typical applications for an environment monitoring system from Server Room Environments include:

  • Server rooms
  • Datacentres
  • Telecoms switch rooms
  • Security/CCTV equipment rooms
  • HVAC closets
  • Stand -alone server racks
  • Industrial cabinets