An Emerging Best Practice—Wire-free Environmental Monitoring in the Data Center

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By Chris Gaskins, Vice President, Product Development, RF Code

Environmental monitoring, a long-standing best practice, is taking on new importance in today’s green data center. But even stalwart practices need a technology refresh. That’s why we’re seeing the emergence of wire-free monitoring solutions. These eliminate the cable running from energy source to environmental sensor, giving data centers freedom to deploy environmental monitoring wherever and whenever the situation demands.

Why is that important? Because heating and cooling costs are the biggest budget items for a data center, outpacing by far equipment cost. As the classic approach to cooling (cold, cold, cold) becomes too expensive, data centers are looking to reduce their energy costs by turning up the heat.

But how hot is too hot?

Since you can’t control what you can’t monitor, environmental monitoring is a critical part of determining the answer to that question. But older monitoring technologies are literally too tied to the nearest cable outlet, which limits deployment flexibility and, in turn, the ability to monitor everywhere you need to.

Hence, the new breed of wire-free solutions. These can be quickly deployed to monitor changing environmental conditions—anywhere within the facility—to provide the fine grained level of monitoring that will help to determine how most cost effectively and environmentally “warm” to run your data center. Such new solutions are also much more affordable. Plus, they can augment your existing environmental monitoring solution so there’s no rip and replace.

Watch this interesting Video from RF Code now: What Do We Mean by “Wire-Free?” Listen and Learn

About the Author:

Chris Gaskins is Vice President of Product Development at RF Code. He is an experienced technology development executive with over 17 years in the information technology sector.

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