Server room monitoring

Crowley

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I am looking for suggestions on a server room monitoring system. It needs to monitor temperature mainly but should be able to be upgraded with more sensors. Wireless sensors would be nice as well. It also needs to send alerts via sms and email. I know something can be built using a Raspberry Pi but I don't have the time or inclanation to play around with that at the moment.

I was looking at the products from Xemote but they haven't answered their phones in the last two days and email enquiries has also gone unanswered.
 

irBosOtter

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We use systems from http://modac.co.za in 2 datacenters, will do everything you want plus more, depending on your budget obviously, usually around R100 000 for decent system in a server room but could start from as low as R25 000
 

Thor

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If you buy me the raspberry pi and sensors then I'll build it for you, I like playing with these things.
 

Crowley

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If you buy me the raspberry pi and sensors then I'll build it for you, I like playing with these things.
Thanks for the offer but my client needs a plug & play solution.
 

ThatOtherDude

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You don't need dedicated temp sensors if you just have a bunch of racks in a room with an AC. (server room)

Most enterprise UPS's have temp sensors, event notifications & remote management software.
All branded servers have onboard temp sensors, event notifications & remote management software.
Clever configuration of these will give you what you need.
To the point of knowing when one UPS / rack or blade runs a little hot.


If you want REAL hot aisle cold aisle management then however, you need dedicated sensors.
At the very least one in each aisle.


these are nice:
http://www.coolsense.co.za/pshop/gsm-controllers-products/494-sms-tranceiver-gsm-controller.html
old school.


temperature mapping your data center over time, can provide interesting results..
http://www.ikas.co.za/


these are also nice.
https://www.bticomputer.com/room-alert-3e.html
About R5000 each.
new school.


or you could just get someone to do a data center fire suppression system that comes pre-wired "with everything".
Look at Honeywell's Enterprise Buildings Integrator.
I think you can download a demo.

It allows you to manage access control, escalators, lifts, lights, AC & pretty much everything else that has an on/off button.
 

chrisc

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In 2009 I installed some Honeywell temperature probes in Chemical Engineering at UCT. In the server room they triggered at 18 deg C, in a cold room upstairs, at -6 deg C.

These were attached to a Paradox alarm panel with a SMS interface. It send the zone number and description to 8 mobile phones. This saved them twice in summer when the aircon failed in the server room
 

Nips

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I looked at Netbotz a number of years ago and it seemed good. Not cheap if I recall. Any of the BMS guys should have solutions (Scheider Electric, Johnsons Controls, Honeywell etc). Also not cheap.

For lower cost look at some of the home automation stuff that uses ZWave. Not really aimed at server rooms but don't see why it wouldn't work.
 
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