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Data center monitoring

Data centers (also known as data centres) are usually purpose built dedicated facilities to house computing equipment such as main frames, servers, routers, switches and firewalls, as well as supporting components like backup equipment, fire suppression facilities and HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) units.

Data center monitoring

OmniWatch provides data center managers with is an early warning system to avoid unplanned IT downtime and to present trend analysis tools to achieve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), enhance efficiency gains, make informed decisions for power load balancing and assist planned preventative maintenance programs.

Today's data centers are forever evolving. New technology is being developed at an exhausting rate and although traditional IT infrastructure is still core to an organisation it often shares off-premise multi-cloud environments too. This means the requirement to remotely monitor key IT environments in terms of the climate where IT equipment resides, together with understanding power utilisation has never been so challenging.

Lights out

In our experience most data center staff are located some distance from the physical data center, often in a different part of the business, or sometimes in a different part of the country or world. Physical visits are rare and normally confined to when on-site work is actually required.

OmniWatch remote monitoring lets data center managers and their teams ensure they are immediately aware of key changes within their data centers that could impact the delivery of IT services as and when they occur.

Types of data center

There are typically four types of data center and OmniWatch provides powerful, intuitive remote monitoring for all variations.

1. Enterprise data centers

An enterprise data center is owned by an organisation for delivering IT services to their own employees and customers. They are often found within a corporate campus but some are purpose built and remotely linked via structured communications links.

2. Managed service data centers

Managed service data centers provide core IT services to organisations but the IT environment is owned and managed by a third party. Organisations lease their IT and communications equipment instead of buying it themselves.

3. Colocation data centers

Colocation data centres (often referred to as colo) provides the opportunity for an organisation to rent dedicated space instead of owning it themselves. By doing so, economies of scale can be shared in the common infrastructure of the colo in terms of the buildings fabric, cooling systems, communications bandwidth and security etc., whilst the organisation owns its own IT equipment such as servers, storage and firewalls.

4. Cloud data centers

A cloud data center is off-premise whereby data and applications are hosted by a cloud services provider. This lets organisations be flexible and they can ramp up or scale down their changing IT requirements at short notice. They benefit from not having to invest in heavy infrastructure in order to provide IT resources to their users and customers, instead they simply set budgets for the provision of IT services.

Comparison of power consumption

Power efficiency

Data centres contain hundreds and sometimes thousands of power hungry devices ranging from servers, air cooling systems and communication hubs. The provision of power to its equipment is an expensive but necessary overhead. By measuring power consumption and understanding where running costs can be saved is hugely beneficial. It is the one ongoing cost a data center manager can be influential in reducing year-on-year.

Therefore effort is usually placed in measuring power efficiency in the form of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Data Centre Infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE) . By measuring power efficiency in real-time lets data center managers make informed decisions on how to lower operating costs without compromising service delivery.

Remote working

Remote working

The Covid-19 epidemic of 2020 has meant more organisations are embracing remote working policies than ever before.

Data center staff are uniquely poised to take advantage of remote working as they are rarely needed to be on-site in order to deliver IT services to their businesses, staff or customers.

OmniWatch assists by providing enterprise centric remote monitoring 24/7 which is ideal for staff working from home or whilst on the move.

Typical monitored conditions

Temperature

Temperature

  • Ambient room temperature
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  • Rack temperature
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  • Load monitoring
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  • Air conditioning (AC) units
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  • Server optimal operation
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  • Warranty
Humidity

Humidity

  • Server optimal operation
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  • Warranty
Dew point

Dew point

  • Air conditioning (AC) units
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  • Server optimal operation
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  • Warranty
Water ingress

Water ingress

  • Water pipes
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  • Adjacent rooms
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  • Air conditioning (AC) units
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  • Flood detections
Dry contact

Dry contact

  • VESDA
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  • Alarm panels
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  • Generators
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  • UPSs
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  • Water panels
Motion

Motion

  • Security
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  • Intruder detection
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  • Access control
Open/closed

Open/closed

  • Doors
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  • Windows
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  • Security
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  • Racks
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  • Cabinets

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Data center

Thermal condition monitoring.

Server room

Atmospheric moisture control.

Comms room

Water droplet condensation.

Comms closet

Measuring the movement of air.

Facilites

Water and moisture monitoring

Disaster recovery

Measuring LUX (luminescence/unit area).

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Over the weekend Spook alerted us to a series of temperature fluctuations in our data centre and because of OmniWatch we were able to deal with air conditioning issues long before they became a real problem.

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