Server rooms and data centers are full of expensive computers and networking equipment that are designed to operate within a given temperature range. General recommendations for server room temperature are 10°C (50°F) on the low side and 28°C (82°F) on the high side. In order to stay within these maximum thresholds it is recommended to keep your server room around 20-21°C (68-71°F).
Maintaining the Right Temperature
Most data centers or server rooms are built specifically for the purpose of housing computer equipment and are well insulated for temperature as well as fire precautions. They also have their own HVAC system designed to maintain the proper temperature within the room. Unfortunately these HVAC systems are not generally tied to the server system and can not determine the temperature at each specific server location. There may be areas of your server room that do not have proper ventilation, causing warm or cold areas where a server may be located. How do you know that the air conditioning unit hasn’t shut down accidentally during the night or weekend when nobody is around to check?
How Can Monnit Wireless Sensors Help?
Monnit’s wireless sensor networks provide a high performance, low power (and extremely low cost) alternative to similar products for monitoring server temperatures. While other units cost hundreds of dollars and are tied directly to the server location, Monnit wireless sensors start at $30 each and can be deployed anywhere in the data center giving you real time temperature readings from any location. For the same cost as a wired temperature monitoring device you can deploy multiple Monnit sensors wirelessly, covering a larger area. By the way, you can add other sensor types to your network and monitor for things like water, humidity, light and access to the server room or cabinets.