Temperature Monitoring Basics - Why You Need It And How To Implement

High temp is one of the most overlooked threats to your network equipment. It's all too common for a server room to go unmonitored, sitting vulnerable to a temp crisis. The unfortunate day when your HVAC or cooling system unexpectedly fails can create huge frustrations for you and your customers/users (causing them to seriously consider switching to a different company) and it may cause preventable damage, all because you weren't properly monitoring the temp of your network.

That's why it's crucial to know the temperature of your valuable equipment. The importance of having a temperature monitoring device in your server room, data center, or other IT environment can't be understated. It's important to be able receive a temp alert when your network is experiencing a temperature related threat. Having this knowledge gives you the power to win the fight against overheating.

Monitoring temperature alerts user via email and smartphone
The diagram above shows a TempDefender IT monitoring device that will monitor temperature and other critical values in your server room, data center, or remote network site.

What can be done to prevent temp damage?

The answer to this question is simple. In its most basic form, all you need is a device that monitors the temperature and alerts you once the temperature reaches a certain point and becomes a problem. While effective, this isn't the best solution. You want the technology that allows you to remotely monitor the precise temperature of your server room, closet, or data center, online or with your smartphone.

Instead of using a "discrete" temp monitoring system that simply alerts you when the temperature passes a certain point, you should use better sensor technology. Using "analog" sensors, you can get an accurate reading of the exact temperature, any time you want.

You also want to use a monitoring device that sends temp alerts when the temperature reaches a specified point. Your temp monitoring device should be versatile and easy to use. The device should be capable of alerting you in different ways, such as:

  • Email alerts
  • SMS text message alerts
  • Voice alerts to your phone
  • Mobile web interface for your smartphone

Use a device that is capable of at least two of these, ideally all of them, so you have the most flexibility and control over your network.

The third part of an effective temp monitoring system is an escalation list. Escalation lists protect you if the first person alerted is too busy, too distracted, or too deeply asleep to handle the temperature-related network threat. If the first person doesn't respond within a specified time (say 15 minutes), the second person is then notified, and so on, up to 8 people (you want a temp alert system with at least 8 people on the escalation list, which allows you to best protect yourself in the event of an overheating threat).

Back panel of the TempDefender IT monitoring device
Back panel diagram of the TempDefender IT.

What solutions exist that meet these standards?

I suggest you take a look at the TempDefender IT remote telemetry device for temperature monitoring. This device is compact, easily rack-mounted, and supports up to 16 daisy-chained temp sensors. The TempDefender IT supports hundreds of feet of cable length, so you can position the sensors around all your valuable equipment. This versatility in placement allows you to pinpoint any problems and get the most detailed alert messages possible.

How you can implement the TempDefender IT for temperature monitoring.

Now you've decided that you should be doing more to monitor the temperature of your server room or data center, you've taken the first step to never having to deal with the headaches and frustrations associated with knowing that critical hardware damage could have been prevented, if only you had just known there was a problem that required attention.

Since you're a professional, with years of experience, you know the specifics of what you need in a temperature monitoring device. The device needs to have analog sensor systems, not the simple discrete sensors that leave you wondering about the precise temperature of your facility. The device should also provide you with versatile options for sending you temp alerts, with an escalation list to make sure the notification doesn't go unviewed by someone that is too busy.

Imagine the peace of mind that is possible with having reliable temperature monitoring for your facility. You no longer have to worry about a temperature threat causing a hardware malfunction, leaving your customers to consider other options because you're unable to provide them with the service they need.

The TempDefender IT provides you with all of these necessary features to make sure your facility and your valuable equipment are being monitored (note: if you wish to receive voice alerts for your phone, you should look into the NetGuardian Voice 16 or the NetGuardian LT). Now that you're ready to implement your TempDefender IT temperature monitoring solution, call the DPS sales team at 1-800-693-0351, or send them an email at sales@dpstele.com, to get started on protecting your facility from a severe temperature threat.

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