How much money do you have invested in your server room? What would it cost you if you were to lose all functions in your computer server room due to environmental conditions your gear couldn't handle? The answer to both of these questions is likely, "a lot."
Being unaware of the status of your server room will cost you a fortune in the long run. Too many people try to save money now by leaving their gear unmonitored - only to end up with massive costs the instant they suffer a network outage.
The good news is the answer to monitoring your gear is simple. By using a remote terminal unit (RTU), you can monitor all of the factors that could damage your gear. Here are the six key threats you need to protect your computer server room gear from.
By monitoring these six key threats, you'll be protected from preventable network emergencies that could have caused an outage - halting service to your customers and costing you tons of revenue.
Now you know how these threats can cost you a fortune in the long-run, and you're ready to do something about it. The good news is protecting your network doesn't have to be a hassle, and it doesn't have to break your budget. Using a combination of Remote Telemetry Units (RTUs), Master stations and sensors can give you the visibility you need to protect your server room and your mission-critical gear.
To monitor various spots in the server room from a single device, DPS Telecom makes the TempDefender. The TempDefender is a small, rack mountable remote telemetry unit (RTU) that can handle up to 16 analog sensors reporting on all of the environmental factors in your server room. Sensors for the TempDefender may be daisy chained together, so you don't have to run a mess of cabling back to the TempDefender. You can also string sensors up to 600 feet away from the RTU, allowing you to run sensors to the most extreme spots in your server room from a centrally located device without worrying about connectivity issues.
Be careful if you measure your server room cooling system this way. Be sure to run sensors to spots likely to be hot. These include: above equipment, hot aisles, and near your hottest racks. You should also place sensors where air flow is most necessary. This can include hot air aisles on both sides of your cold aisles. This will ensure even cold-air distribution. You want to ensure that air, both cold and hot, is being effectively moved through the system. Losses and inefficiencies result in hotter server rooms and more energy expended in the cooling process - it's not as bad as a complete meltdown, but still not optimal.
If you're looking for a rack-to-rack solution, you should consider something like DPS Telecom's NetGuardian 216 G3 remote. The unit has four analog inputs, with which to measure the environment within the rack (or string sensors across a few racks) and 16 discrete alarm inputs so you can directly monitor your servers and other equipment. The NetGuardian 216 provides a total solution with which you can monitor environmental sensors and the dry contacts coming directly from your servers, so whether your problem is environmental or otherwise, you'll know about it.
Picture how much easier your job would be with this kind of protection. Imagine - you'll never be the last to know about a threat to your gear. Having the ability to prevent many network outages doesn't have to be a dream - you can make it a reality.
The first step to protecting yourself against damage is to make sure you have the right info. Too many monitoring systems don't see the big picture and leave out vital features that can mean the difference between an outage and network up-time. In order to learn about the basics of network monitoring, I recommend downloading the free Server Room Monitoring Tutorial White Paper.
This free white paper will teach you about the most important server room monitoring features, and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with installing a network monitoring system.
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