Server Room Monitoring Products
Even small server rooms can benefit from environmental monitoring devices. Proper server room monitoring can provide warning of impending disaster that threatens availability and up-time. Temperature sensors can alert IT professionals of over-heating situations, humidity sensors can alert to overly dry/moist conditions, fluid detection sensors can alert to flooding conditions, and intrusion/security sensors can help protect data and valuable IT investments from theft.
Server Rack Online monitoring products provide robust standalone server room monitoring solutions. For smaller spaces with limited future expandability needs. The Netbotz 320 provides integrated environmental monitoring (temperature, humidity, dew point, airflow, door, and audio) with a web interface that provides immediate sensor readings, real-time camera images, and immediate configuration. While the NetBotz 420 offers similar functions for small to medium-sized spaces that require comprehensive monitoring with moderate expandability potential. For larger server room spaces, the docked camera pods and sensor pods of the WallBotz 500 can be placed up to 340 feet from a base station, allowing coverage of multiple rooms or cabinets. An add-on CCTV adapter allows a CCTV camera to be used as well.
Probably the most widely monitored metric, proper operating temperature plays a crucial role in server availability and up-time. When a cooling failure happens, it does not take long for temperatures to rise and mission-critical equipment to fail. With real-time monitoring, IT professionals can be instantly alerted via e-mail, audible alarm, or other advanced alarm notification system to take immediate action.
While temperature is closely watched, humidity is often over looked in the server room. Of concern to IT managers are dry conditions that can lead to a build up of static electricity, as well as overly humid conditions that can lead to condensation buildup. To combat electrostatic discharge, cooling systems often add moisture to the conditioned air. Add too much water vapor, though, and IT equipment will collect condensation that may lead to rust and electrical shorts. Real-time monitoring can provide IT professionals and facility managers the information to get the balance right.
Little needs to be said about the dangers that fluids pose to IT equipment, yet many small server rooms ignore this ever present danger. Safe from flooding on the third floor? Not from the burst pipe on the fourth. Properly placed fluid detection systems can provide advanced warning of liquid infiltration, allowing ample time for mission-critical systems to be protected.
Physical security is paramount to any serious data security program. Beyond external building security, server rack intrusion detection and server floor monitoring offer another level of security that is just as important as firewalls and virus protection. If an intruder can physically access the servers, no data is safe. Intrusion detection systems and camera monitoring solutions can provide another deterrent to data and equipment theft.
Server Room Monitoring Available for All Budgets
Stand-alone sensors need not require huge initial investments and can actually reduce IT expense in the long run when the replacement cost for expensive server room equipment is taken into account. Moreover, many of today's state of the art server room monitoring systems do not need additional computer hardware or software systems and can often be integrated into existing building management and network monitoring systems.
RLE Technologies Falcon Server Room Monitoring Systems
Falcon Monitoring Systems offers several standalone server room monitoring solutions that monitor environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, airflow, power, gas, smoke, security, and intrusion. These Web-based alarm monitoring and notification systems do not require external computer hardware or software and can be easily integrated into existing building management or network monitoring systems. The affordable, deployment-ready Falcon F200 system provides basic, real-time monitoring for small spaces while the wireless Falcon Wi-MGR system offers more complete monitoring for medium and large sized deployments. Depending on the system, they include up to 400 inputs and can display images from IP-addressable devices and offer SNMP, Modbus, and BACnet outputs.