Data Center Infrastructure Management is a product that is very similar in design to the target it serves. Like a datacenter, a DCIM product is composed of many different components that all deliver, manage or interpret data so that the infrastructure of the datacenter can be quantified and analyzed. Many of the components are very high-profile and have to wow the user with all sorts of bells and whistles to differentiate from their competitors, but in the other end of the spectrum are the components that get down in the trenches, aren’t very sexy, yet are absolutely critical to a reliable DCIM solution.
That second category is where RF Code’s sensor tags fit. RF Code is a company that provides the physical devices that allow wire-free monitoring of power and environmental conditions in your datacenter, as well as set tracking and even fundamental physical security.
Delivering a variety of basic sensors, the RF Code tags allow for real-time monitoring of specific conditions at specific locations without the need for a wired solution. In some cases, such as temperature monitoring, the installation can be as simple as literally sticking a sensor in an area where temperature needs to be monitored, such as a single rack or hot or cold containment area. And I mean pull off the cover and use the adhesive to mount the sensor; no wiring concerns and long life battery power (RF Code claims greater than 5 year battery life in many of their sensors).
Sensors tags run from the relatively simple (air temperature, leakage monitoring, humidity) to dedicated connections to a variety of manufacturers power distribution units, all connected wirelessly back to the RF Code management application, and with available integration into many current management platforms. This management platform integration allows users of supported consoles to add DCIM services to existing management consoles, giving users the opportunity to gradually develop DCIM within their infrastructures.
It’s not the most exciting of IT tasks, but infrastructure management is an important part of running an efficiency optimized datacenter.