The AKCP line of temperature monitoring sensors provides a fully scalable remote temperature monitoring system useful for monitoring enterprise data centers and server rooms. Temperature monitoring and alerting is critical to ensuring the proper temperature and humidity conditions for network equipment and servers and preventing unexpected downtime.
AKCP's sensorProbe line of sensors and base units can provide your teams with a complete view of the temperature and humidity conditions of IT infrastructure and alerts via SMS text messages, SNMP traps, and email notifications. To learn more about the benefits see our FAQs about temperature and humidity monitoring for data centers.
These temperature sensors are specifically designed for server rack temperature monitoring and provide a scalable sensor network for server rooms and data center temperature monitoring and alerts.
Ready to use out of the box with simple plug-and-play sensor functionality when connected to a base unit they are immediately recognized and can be configured. These temperature monitoring sensors are compatible with all sensorProbe, sensorProbe+ and securityProbe lines of base units.
Once connected to a base unit, AKCP sensors can also be integrated with third-party monitoring tools that support SNMP traps for data center temperature monitoring with Nagios, Zabbix and Netmon Network Monitoring Software. AKCP sensors can also be used for temperature monitoring using MODBUS/CANBUS for SCADA systems.
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*Note: All sensors require a base unit to function.
F.A.Qs about Data Center Temperature Monitoring
Servers, switches and networking equipment generate a lot of heat, which if left uncontrolled can quickly cause equipment to overheat leading to degraded network performance, hard drive failures, and reduced equipment reliability. Temperature monitoring sensors provide visibility to locate hot spots and alert to dangerous fluctuations.
Overlooking the temperature and humidity monitoring of data centers or servers rooms can lead to increased operational costs and a higher risk of downtime when compared to well optimized and monitored systems.
To prevent equipment damage and downtime for data centers and servers rooms it is essential to include temperature and humidity monitoring system in your infrastructure design. A comprehensive temperature sensor network is key to identifying hot spots in data center environments as well as receiving immediate alerts via email or SMS if drastic temperature changes occur quickly or go unnoticed.
A well optimized data center requires data center engineering and operations teams to have the ability to monitor not only the temperature and humidity levels but the entire data center environment as a whole.
Combining other environmental data such as power consumption monitoring with effective temperature monitoring allows engineering teams to fine-tune the data center to run at it’s most efficient level for optimal Power Usage Efficiency (PUE).
Even small reductions and optimizations of energy usage in data center operations can bring thousands of dollars in operational cost savings.
AKCP's environmental monitoring systems are specifically designed to provide a centralized platform for monitoring data center power consumption, environmental conditions as well as security access and control.
Data center operating temperatures should be held within 64° to 81°F (18° to 27°C) with a relative humidity between 40-55% as recommended by the 2016 ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC) 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces, and Electronic Equipment.
68° to 75°F (20° to 24°C) has typically been the range that most data centers and in-house IT professionals have strived to achieve since (ASHRAE) standard 2005. This standard was designed to optimize the maximum uptime and hardware life of electronics and network equipment in critical facilities. This range allowed for best usage and provided enough buffer room in the event of an air conditioning failure.
Keeping in line with the newly revised temperature standards, recently modern server manufacturers have increased their recommended temperature “sweet spot” for their servers to around 80°F. The higher allowable temperatures mean data centers and companies with dedicated server rooms the amount of cooling needed which helps conserve both power and reduce operating costs in many instances.
Although, it is important to keep in mind that higher operating temperatures mean less time to react if a dedicated AC, or CRAC unit fails. Data centers with servers operating at higher temperatures run the risk of quickly overheating to the point of hardware failure in that instance.
The newer ASHRAE regulations make it even more critical for data centers and server rooms to include temperature monitoring devices that can alert operations teams immediately to drastic changes in temperature.
Concepts of power efficiency and management are easy to talk about, but it can be difficult to actually deliver accurate and meaningful data without a comprehensive monitoring system.
Knowing where and how to measure data center power consumption is important for understanding the current power consumption of your data center and improving its efficiency to realize the benefits.
Without the right data, collected from the right points across the data center, efficiency assessments can result in overestimating or underestimating energy benchmark and improvement data, resulting in wasted money and lost returns from your optimization efforts.
AKCP's line of power monitoring sensors are specifically designed to provide a scalable system for monitoring real-time power consumption data at the rack level and across the data center environment for monitoring power consumption trends, energy audits, remote on/off, as well as alerting to consumption above preset limits and power outages.
For rack level, or hardware level the In-Line Power Meter can be placed between the electrical source and either a power strip, individual appliance, monitoring the voltage (V), current (A) and Kilowatt Hours (kWh) being consumed with billable grade accuracy as well as be used remotely to switch devices on and off with an optional relay.
At the circuit breaker level AKCP's Power Monitoring Sensor can be used to eliminate the need for manual energy audits by providing real-time monitoring and data logging of power consumption when placed between the circuit breaker and PDUs.
If you are looking for a reliable power monitoring solution for your data center, contact us to request a quote and our product specialists will help you and your team design a solution that meets your needs.
Yes, it is. Each of AKCP's temperature and humidity sensors are able to provide warning notifications and critical alerts based on the conditions of temperature changes beyond your preset limits.
The centralized dashboard embedded in each base unit is designed to provide comprehensive monitoring and alerting for all AKCP sensors including temperature and humidity monitoring sensors, power monitoring sensors, water detection and security monitoring sensors.
Temperature monitoring alerts can be sent to key personnel via email, SMS text message, Windows prompt, SNMP traps, and more for immediate notification of issues for fast responses.
Depending on the size of the data center, and arrangement of sensors used, alerts can be individually named and configured for the rack level, server row and ambient temperature across the data center environment that is critical. Each sensor can be set up with its own message to deliver key information such as where it is located in the data center, and when the issue occurred.
We have chosen to become the distributor of AKCP for North American because of their long history (30 years) and excellent reputation in providing environmental monitoring solutions for the data center industry and server rooms.
AKCP provides the most comprehensive suite of sensors for data center environmental, security and power monitoring available today that is modular, scalable, open & affordable. All sensor conditions and alerts are available in one centralized dashboard to provide complete visibility of data center conditions, and provides thrid-party integrations with leading NMM tools such as Netmon, Nagios, Zabbix, and more, as well as SCADA and MODBUS systems.
Netmon has a long history of working with AKCP products and our experience and product knowledge is unmatched.
Contact us regarding your data center power monitoring requirements and our product specialists will be able to design a solution to meet your needs.
Yes, support for SNMP v1, SNMP v2, SNMP v3, and Modbus TCP is available to integrate into third-party applications depending on the base unit.
AKCP sensors must be connected to a compatible sensorProbe, sensorProbe+ or securityProbe base unit to function, but once connected they can also be integrated into your existing network monitoring, building management or automation systems.
Yes, you can. By using AKCP Virtual Sensors you can integrate and monitor the status and conditions from any MODBUS or SNMP enabled devices such as UPSs, CRACs or PDUs.
Virtual Sensors can be monitored locally on an AKCP Platform or the AKCess Pro Server DCIM using the SNMP Get, Custom Scripts, MODBUS TCP, PING and Multiple (Boolean) Virtual Sensors.
There are several methods of communicating with third-party devices to AKCP base units depending on the model of base unit, and the connections available on the device. AKCP base units support connections for RJ45, RS458, and dry contacts.
Contact us to request a quote and include the information about the devices you would like to monitor. Please include with the brand, make, model and available connections, and we will help you design a solution that meets your needs.