Rack Monitoring Solutions

Computer room servers, rack-mounted equipment, and cabinets are expensive assets in IT infrastructure. It is imperative to ensure that the rack and its equipment are performing fault-free, and as efficient as possible.

It is critical to monitor the performance of your rack, especially the temperature, humidity, leakage, power, and airflow.  When faults occur, to ensure the uptime of equipment, the monitoring system can perform actions automatically (e.g. activate additional fans, sound an alarm, or send alarm notification). With an embedded interface and support for SNMP software, it is easy to evaluate environmental data in a straightforward way to prevent the failure of equipment.

Vutlan’s rack monitoring solutions help data center and facilities managers:

Setting Up Alert Thresholds & Notification Alerts: Send Email, SMS, Syslog, Event log, SNMP Trap, SNMP Get, sound and light an alarm beacon or a strobe light.

Maintain Relative Humidity Levels: Maintain proper humidity levels, avoid hardware corrosion when relative humidity is too high, and electrostatic discharge (ESD) problems when humidity is too low. Recommended ambient relative humidity levels for optimal performance and reliability are between 45% and 55%.

Detect Water Leaks: Detect if there is a water leak from external sources or from pipes in a water-cooled rack.

Monitor & Manage Airflow: Monitor flow rates of cooling and hot air return to ensure cooling and containment systems are functioning optimally.

Maintain Optimal Temperature: Measuring the temperature at multiple height levels of the rack can give an early indication of a potential temperature problem. Vutlan monitoring units will provide early warnings and notify staff for temperature issues. This information can help the staff optimize the cooling system by safely raising the ambient temperatures. Recommended optimal temperature range for system reliability is 68° to 75°F (20° to 24°C).

Track Security Threats (Sabotage or Damage): Monitor and administer who has access to your racks. Allow access remotely for I-Touch or Proximity readers. Get notified if the rack has been hit using our vibration sensor VT540. Or stream JPEG stream from USB camera if the back door has been opened.

Monitor and Report: Vutlan monitoring units are fully compatible with all major SNMP network management systems (NMS software) like OpenNMS, Nagios, HP Network Node Manager, IBM Tivoli and so on. See the compatibility list.

Manage Power: Measure voltage or current using AC/DC meters. Switch ON/OFF outlets using Vutlan's switched PDUs and monitoring units with PDUs.

Rack Monitoring Example

1. Wind flow meter

The wind flow meter indicates the speed of airflow.

2. Sensor Extension Unit

Allows increasing the number of sensors connected to any monitoring unit. Adds up to 8 analog sensors.

3. Leakage Sensor

The sensor can detect hot, cold, dust water.

4. Humidity & Temperature Sensor

The dual sensor detects humidity and temperature.

5. Dry Contacts

Each monitoring unit has dry contact control. Up to 300 dry contacts may be monitored with one monitoring unit VT900.

6. Monitoring Unit with LTE/GSM Modem and Dry Contacts

Environmental monitoring unit, to which all other sensors and devices are connected. In the current example, it has GSM / LTE modem and Dry Contacts board embedded.

7. AC voltage monitor

The sensor is needed for measurement of AC 90-250V.

8. Rack control unit

The module has all possibilities for rack control: an access sensor for rack door control, 2 dry contacts for sidewalls, temperature and humidity sensors.

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