HP already had a sensor system for determining data centre cooling performance, but starting January 2010, the company will also provide you with a host of software tools that give you a graphical view of your data centre’s environment. The HP Data Center Environmental Edge product now leverages wireless sensor technology to provide graphical visualisation and monitoring of data centre temperature, humidity, energy and air pressure.
Check out the preview of the graphical interface below:
The benefits are pretty easy to imagine. The solution will allow data centre operations to improve air flow management at the rack by quickly identifying hot and cold locations, for reduced energy for cooling. Key features include: data center environmental visualization; metrics tracking, alarming and historical information.
According to HP, the sensors are easy to deploy, and can put anywhere and there’s no data centre prerequisites for installation. There are base station for monitoring air pressure, as well as environmental conditions, and gateways for relaying the information back to the control system. The system uses 802.15.4-based radios in the 2.4GHz industry and scientific and medical unlicensed spectrum.
There’s also a server, based on HP’s ProLiant DL180 G6 hardware running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for running the HP Insight Environmental Observer software.