When DCIM became a must have for DC’s a few years ago, first it was a black art, with high costs for the design and implementation. There are now a number of systems available in the market but still have high costs to implement, the reporting can be very complex with ongoing support and licenses it is a costly item to maintain which cannot usually be passed on.
Businesses with smaller computer rooms would still like to have their own DCIM however its back to the same thing costly implementation and ongoing support costs.
Enter the IOT in to the arena, by utilising intelligent edge monitoring and reporting systems, the new kid on the block is a mini DCIM. Do we really need all the complex information a full blown DCIM system offers? With the same high costs to maintain, support and ongoing costs. When all we need is sight of rack status and environment.
With co-location you the customer will rely on information from the DC operator, this would normally not be real time and would not be your rack but the environment the rack or racks are located. Can you be sure the power consumption you have been charged for is correct?
RACK-SEC has a range of edge devices that can provide a cost effective monitoring system. From addressable sensors forming a temperature and humidity grid. The grid will provide zones within the computer room/data hall to indicate via a dash board where hot spots are forming. With the on board trending will allow a view of what is happening and where 24 hours a day, alerts via email and SMS at pre-set levels, weekly and monthly reports can be generated.
Add monitoring of a UPS module, Generator, CRAC’s and fire system using our edge devices connected to dry contacts of equipment. We will build a dash board indicating status of equipment and alerts via email and SMS. This method allows significate costs savings against a full blown DCIM, avoiding costly firmware, maintenance and support. Apart from the dash board our system can be plug and play with minimal set up. With co-location you the customer will rely on information from the DC operator, this would normally not be real time and would not be your rack but the environment the rack or racks are located. Can you be sure the power consumption you have been charged for is correct?
More manufacturers are championing the new edge computing arena, installing servers in multiple remote racks, managing multiple environments needs to be considered. A single rack would be uneconomical to monitor with conventional BMS even though it could be critical to the local server/network it serves. What happens say a shop with EPOS updates every evening at a specific time slot and the power goes or the servers overheat? You lose the slot which can take weeks to recover from.
Having a mini DCIM for edge racks will prove invaluable for business continuity, providing information on power utilisation, the stability of the rack environment temperature and humidity. Alerting remote NOC’s and individuals by email and SMS, temp/humidity threshold breaches, power breaches etc, even the network switch and router could be monitored for network latency. This will save time by sending the correct resource to provide a fix. The more information available allows a more controlled remote support for edge systems.
With a RACK-SEC Edge unit you will have real time monitoring of each rack temperature and humidity together with power Kwh consumption. All three will have alert levels which can be emailed and SMS to the relevant personnel. A monthly report can be compiled together with trending, trending allows sight of any anomalies arising 24 hours a day. This could manifest itself as other client racks in the room utilizing more power during late evening backups, leading to a rise in temperature.
Security and compliance of public and personal data storage has become very sensitive to companies, with likely big fines from the EU for noncompliance. There are different levels of security designed to protect the building and data halls, however the rack containing the servers and data is often forgotten or considered to be too costly to fit an EAC (Electronic Access Control) system. Consider the amount of sensitive data that could be stored in that rack! With no physical access control or at least CCTV on each rack there is no way of knowing who did breach the system, or caused damage to the servers, also no proof.
RACK-SEC have introduced 2 rack security products, the R-EDGE ENT is a 1u unit mounted at high level in the rack. The unit is fitted with a digital camera programmed to take an image when the door is opened, also indication of door status. The image is sent via an email to a nominated client address for storage. Should you require a second image the camera can be activated remotely.
The ENT comes fitted with a temperature and humidity probe and connection to rack mount SNP PDU. Each ENT unit has its own dash board which can be incorporated into a main dash board indicating status of up to 50 racks.
The EAC is a 1u unit and features all of the above with the addition of electronic swing handles, the handles are activated using an onboard RFI card. The cards can be your existing building security RFI cards or a standalone system to be administered separately from the building security. An easy set up using a dropdown icon, all access information will be emailed to client server. To make the system more flexible the lock can be activated remotely by a nominated person
The EAC system can also be used to protect medicine and drug cabinets, where the only protection is a key to open cabinets, this can lead to drugs being removed by unauthorised staff, even removed from site. An EAC system can be fitted to existing cabinets with a choice of access devices, RFI reader or Digi-Pad, for even more security use both. Dual authentication would mean 2 people would need to be present to activate the solenoid lock. An email would be sent to a nominated client server indicating authorised person with name, time and date. To make the system more flexible the solenoid lock can be operated remotely.
Managing Multi-pule racks in different locations.
To monitor multi-pule racks we have developed a front end map of the UK which will indicate multi-pule racks in different locations across the UK, an icon will remain in a green colour state while no alerts are posted. Should an amber warning be issued by the rack sensors the icon will then turn to amber, should the warning turn to an alert which will show a red icon.
To drill down to the next level is one click on the menu, the next level will show multi-pule named racks, another click will bring you down to the alerting rack, then a drop down will indicate the alarm on the rack in question.
There is no limit to the amount of racks and areas we can show, by that token the map can be further customised to just show counties.
Our systems are extremely flexible, we write our own firmware and build circuit boards, with 90% of equipment supplied in the UK, we test everything before leaving our facility. Being UK based we can respond quickly to any bespoke requests, we offer a complete solution from build to installation and support, we insure all of our systems are supported and by storing your version of firmware we can add to your system with the same firmware, your system will never go end of life support.