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6 things to watch for when configuring a data center monitoring system

November 25, 2018

6 things to watch for when configuring a data center monitoring system

Ensuring uptime, managing performance, controlling energy costs and maintaining efficient use of equipment and floor space are the primary drivers behind monitoring your data center. Remote data center monitoring systems can alert personnel to any changes in the environment, so they can take quick action to remedy any issues. Learn more about the conditions you’ll want to watch for when configuring a data center monitoring system.

Keep an eye out for these 6 conditions

  1. Airflow: Keeping data center servers well ventilated ensures that cool air is going to the server intakes and the hot air emanating from servers is properly exhausted. Proper airflow management also controls static electricity and dust buildup on computer fans that can cause equipment crashes.
  2. Humidity: Too much humidity in the data center can result in corrosion and equipment failure. Too little humidity creates electrostatic discharge across equipment. Keeping tabs on humidity allows personnel to control the right amount to optimize system performance.
  3. Physical security: In addition to security cameras and other traditional physical security measures, applying sensors to server cabinets and entrance doors as well as motion detectors can alert personnel to security breaches around the clock.
  4. Power: Power consumption is critical to data center efficiency and maintaining uptime. Monitoring power distribution units and uninterruptible power supply backup systems can allow personnel to quickly react and maintain uptime.
  5. Temperature: Like airflow, maintaining ideal heating and cooling ranges keep the data center environment safe and efficient. Monitoring systems can tell personnel if systems or hardware are working at ideal temperatures and identify where systems are failing. Careful temperature monitoring ensures efficient use of space and equipment, saving money in the long-term.
  6. Water: Finally, early detection to water events can help personnel take corrective action before disaster strikes, be it a burst pipe, failing HVAC systems or leaking water supply lines.

Learn more

Click the links below for more data center monitoring applications. For a more in-depth look a data center infrastructure management, conditions to monitor, base units, sensors and peripherals, visit missioncriticalmagazine.com.