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Environment Temperature monitoring software / tool that alert & shutdown server : BMC Patrol

Posted on 2009-04-13
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Q1:
Anyone can recommend a software  /  tool for  Unix (Solaris, Linux, HP-UX)  and Windows
that could monitor the datacenter room temperature and alert plus shutting down the
servers when the temperature reaches say 40 Celcius.

Q2 :
If an additional Environment monitoring device is needed, let me know but without
one such dedicated device, would this be possible?

Q3:
I always though Solaris has a feature in "prtdiag ..."  which gives a temperature
reading but is this temperature anywhere close approximation of the datacentre
room's temperature ?

Q4:
Does BMC Patrol do this?  Is there any UPS software out there that does this?
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Bradley Haynes earned 1500 total points
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Questions that come to mind?
What is the budget for your center?
Is it wise to not have a Network Engineer handle this?
This web site has a lot of information on this subject.
http://searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/topics/0,295493,sid80_tax300042,00.html 
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by:sunhux
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Assuming the budget is US$11000, can you name me a product that
will detect the temperature of the DC (probably place a couple of Building
Monitoriing System or  temperature sensors in the DC) and it will then
shut down the servers to reduce heat generation.  I don't see any
product being mentioned in the link provided.

It's certainly ideal to have an operator/network engineer round the clock
to man the datacentre : in fact this could prove to be more reliable than
having a sensor that will shut down servers as sometimes these devices
malfunction and shut down servers.  However, we do not have the
budget to hire staff.

I've heard of one vendor telling us he has sort of possibly DIY product
but we can't trust his product.
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by:sunhux
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Due to constraints from the management/finance, we have a small/crammed DC
(of about 220 square meter housing about 100 servers plus SAN, a giant UPS
with it's barrage of batteries.
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by:sunhux
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Sorry our DC is probably around 110 square meter only (typo earlier).

And there's also a high speed giant line printer in the DC (I think it's not a good
idea to have a line printer in the DC (as the paper dust will compromise the
air quality or did I get this wrong?).  There's also 3 operators and 4 system
administrators sitting inside this DC
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by:Bradley Haynes
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I am suggesting you contract the services of a Network Engineer. You are dealing with possibly Mission Critical data and services. If this is not done well Business Continuity /IT jobs could be at serious risk.
If you decide to DIY goto: http://www.apc.com/index.cfm which is "Best of Breed" IMHO.
There is a link to regions around the world, once there speak with a customer service rep. to get further direction as to the products that will meet your needs.
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