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HOBOnet wireless sensors are revolutionizing data center monitoring strategies

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Data Centers

Businesses have more in common with these modern information management facilities than you think! (Like...all of their file and services.) When it's your job to protect their data, it's important to keep your cool.

Often used by companies to house their ever-increasing IT in a central location, data management centers exist worldwide to compute, store, and be the network hub for businesses, providing the massive tech lifts needed to safeguard and serve up data for infrastructure, employees, and customers—sometimes around the world.

For even just one company, a data management center needs to ensure lightning-fast access to its information assets and infrastructure, as well as protect them: web applications, network files, software, and security platforms, to start. Multiply that by the number of employees, give or take. Then, add to THAT the company’s overall network needs: accounting, human resources, operations, custom websites with information on hundreds of products, sales…and so on. 

Data centers are the mothership to manage it all. 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they’re making sure data stays secure and stored in a temperature-controlled environment...so that the equipment that does all of that heavy data lifting stays cool, and lasts.

With the flood of demand from businesses needing more and more IT, data processing, and storage, data centers are burgeoning. They’re also utilizing a variety of methods, like free cooling systems,  raised floors, in-row cooling units, evaporative cooling systems, chilled water systems, and CRAC (computer room air conditioning units), to battle the massive heat that’s generated by the “brains” of their facilities—their high-performance equipment and infrastructure:

Rack servers, network-attached-storage (NAS) devices that archive images and videos, network routers, firewalls, power subsystems, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), backup generators, equipment, fire suppression systems…the list goes on.

Despite the data center cooling systems that have been installed, if left unchecked, excessive heat and/or humidity from any of the center’s equipment can potentially exceed the ASHRAE recommended temperature standard for data processing environments (64.4 to 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and wreak havoc on the efficiency and lifespan of the processing hardware.

And the higher energy consumption and even larger carbon footprint that results? -- Not good for a data center’s bottom line, nor for the environment. 

To prevent overheating and its consequences, monitoring temperature and relative humidity to ensure conditions remain optimal is a logical necessity. Unfortunately, traditional wired monitoring systems can be complex to install, expensive, and difficult to scale as data centers expand. (Which, if our digital habits continue, they must!)

One forward-thinking data center management company recognized the importance of finding an alternative to help its data centers keep their cool: They wanted an IoT, smart monitoring solution that was affordable, simple, and scalable to keep pace with growing demand.

Enter the HOBOnet wireless sensor network. With the ability to connect up to 50 wireless sensors to a single station, our HOBOnet remote monitoring system offered the data center management company a comprehensive, scalable, and easy-to-use solution to meet the temperature and humidity monitoring needs of its customers. Strategically placed wireless sensors throughout a facility give them access to real-time alerts and insights into environmental conditions remotely, thanks to HOBOlink cloud software. HOBOlink alerts deliver time-critical information that help them make informed decisions, adjust proactively, and react quickly to prevent a catastrophic failure.

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HOBOnet remote sensor network alarm appears on user's mobile phone

Built with precision and accuracy in mind, HOBOnet provides the data centers with their OWN reliable data: to identify hotspots, optimize cooling systems, and maintain a consistent and optimal environment for their equipment. Not only did this enhance operational efficiency—it also bolstered the company's overall sustainability goals.

The rest, as they say…is browser history. 

Read our latest use case to explore a real-world application of the HOBOnet sensor network by a data center management company.

Want to learn more about HOBOnet wireless sensor networks? 

Watch this webinar that explains how they work or contact our Sales team for a free quote.

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