Environment Monitoring System (EMS)

Protecting your data center from environmental threats

The Importance of Data Center/Server Room Monitoring

Data center / Server Room serves a critical function in an organization as it controls the flow of data as well as the storage of such data for future use. A data centre runs on a 24 hour, 7 day and 52 week basis so it is always supported with sufficient air conditioning system and uninteruptible power supplies. Due to its non-stop nature, a data center, requires the highest level of monitoring and data protection from malfunctions caused from damage to the Network Infrastructures.

The most common environmental threats to server rooms are temperature, humidity, water leaks, human error, intrusion, vibration, and power outage. Many of these threats, such as temperature and humidity, are related, which complicates environment monitoring and heightens the need for an automated, sophisticated system.

These threats can damage equipment, slow performance, and force hardware to shutdown. The costs of environmental threats are:
  • Replacement of damaged items
  • Lower worker productivity due to downtime
  • Lost revenues from unavailable server-based applications, such as e-commerce sites or customer service centers
  • Additional administrative time and money to investigate and fix problems
A environment monitoring system helps prevent the damages caused by environmental threats by monitoring critical conditions (such as temperature, humidity, and water leakage) that could destroy network components in a server room. It uses sensors to track environmental conditions around servers, workstations or data centers. When the system detects an abnormality, such as a temperature increase over the recommended limit, it sends an alert. Alerts can be flashing lights, buzzers, and messages via SNMP traps, email, SMS over GSM network and the system's Web-based administrative interface. After IT administrators receive the alert, they can investigate and resolve the issue. Many systems log environmental data, which administrators can use to investigate problems.

ENVIROMUX protects your data center from environmental threats

ENVIROMUX is a solution of NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES, INC. that monitors critical environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity, water, motion, intrusion, and vibration through the use of intelligent sensors connected to a LINUX based ENVIROMUX. Each sensor comes in a modular form which makes it easier for network engineer to select among several sensor functions according to the existing requirements.

When a sensor goes out of range of a configurable threshold, the system will notify you via email, LEDs, alarm beacon, web page, network management (SNMP), voice phone calls (via Automatic Voice Dialer System), and SMS messages (via external GSM modem).

ENVIROMUX on its own is an IP equipment which makes it accessible for remote use through the Local Area Network, the Wide Area Network or the Internet. Network administrators can easily perform monitoring tasks locally on the data center room through the use of a desktop / a notebook computer connected to ENVIROMUX via the ethernet port or the COM port which are readily embedded within the unit.

Alternatively, they can monitor the data center in a far distant place so long as the ENVIROMUX is connected to the internet network over an Internet Protocol (IP).

The monitoring tasks are performed by Network Administrators in a facility commonly known as a Network Operation Center or a Network Management Center where it constitutes several monitoring computer terminals dedicated for the purpose of network monitoring. Alerts are received by a Network Operation Center/Network Management Center and are processed for immediate response to the corresponding conditions. The Network Operation Center/Network Management Center can monitor environment conditions in several data centers which are equipped with ENVIROMUX from one central location.

Use in data centers, co-lo sites, web hosting facilities, telecom switching sites, POP sites, server closets, or any unmanned area that needs to be monitored.

ENVIROMUX can be further integrated with external equipments in order to provide integrated monitoring system for the external equipments. The most common external equipments related to data center infrastructure which can be monitored by the ENVIROMUX are Precision Air Conditioning, Fire Suppression System and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

Integration with external equipments is achieved thru dry contact/relay contact interfaces on board the ENVIROMUX called the "Digital Input" ports. Data center class Precision Air Conditioning, Fire Suppression System and UPS systems mostly have dry contact/relay contact interfaces embedded on their system to represent one or more critical condition for the purpose of monitoring. Connecting these dry contact/relay contact interfaces with the Digital Input ports create a greater monitoring capability that puts you in control at all times of your data center infrastructure.