Viruses, spyware, and network threats get most of the attention, but environmental factors like heat, humidity, airflow, smoke, and electricity can be equally devastating to IT equipment, and thus to a company’s operation.
The IT infrastructure equipment in most organizations are housed in small server rooms or wiring closets and typically, these areas are not properly ventilated and not under supervision.
Server room environments are highly sensitive. Heightened temperature or humidity or water ingress are serious issues requiring immediate remediation. It is imperative to keep a watch on network closets, server rooms, and enterprise level data centers with fully scalable environmental monitoring solutions.
We have listed down few handy tips for environmental monitoring in a server room:
An optimal environmental monitoring strategy includes multiple temperature sensors. These should be placed on top, middle, and bottom of individual racks to measure the heat being generated by equipment, and at the air conditioning system’s intake and discharge vents, to measure efficiency.
High humidity may lead to corrosion on electronic components and low humidity levels may cause issues with static electricity.
Make sure air is flowing through the racks in addition to monitoring A/C vent intake and outtakes.
Moisture and humidity sensors should monitor for leaks inside cooling equipment, potential leaks that come from nearby pipes, or water caused by a flood or disaster. Water sensors should be placed at the lowest point (wherever water would tend to puddle) on the floor, and underneath any pipe junctions. Air-conditioning condensation trays should also be equipped with sensors to detect overflow.
Voltage sensors detect presence or the absence of line voltage. Identify the frequency of brown outs for measuring uninterruptable power supplies and service provider performance.
Electrical failures can cause air-conditioning equipment to shut down even while an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) ensures that servers stay up and running a sure recipe for overheating a server room in short order. The best approach is to monitor current coming into the data center, and arrange for an orderly shutdown of IT equiment in case power is knocked out. The hour or two of downtime is far preferable to the widespread device failures that would result from an overheating condition.
Smoke alarms can trigger power shutdowns. The best approach is to wire the smoke alarms directly into the climate monitoring and alerting system, essentially extending the functionality of the climate sensors to the smoke alarm.
- Video Surveillance
Real-time surveillance of sensitive areas in the data center and tie into the Web-based console, so administrators can get a first-hand look at the environment wherever they may be.
Remote monitoring of server rooms is a vital component for maximizing network uptime, reducing running costs and enhancing IT performance. Server room environmental monitoring can help you to remotely watch over your critical IT areas and receive alerts in the event of air-conditioning failure, water ingress, security breaches, high or low humidity levels, fire and a whole host of other potential threats to your hardware and data.