Your servers generate heat—this is a fact common with any type of electronic device. The amount of heat they generate will vary, depending on where they are located and the number of servers in use.
For example, a small business may have only one or two servers that are stored in a small server room. On the other hand, a large corporation could have hundreds of servers in a massive data center.
Yet, regardless of the size of the server room or data center, you need to use active network monitoring solutions to monitor the temperatures of your servers and their storage location. Using the right temperature server monitoring solutions provides several benefits, including:
1. Helps your servers last longer.
When you operate servers at recommended temperature ranges, you extend the life of your servers. You will find you have to replace hardware less frequently. Anytime they go outside of this range, you are alerted so you can take immediate action to remedy the problem.
2. Helps you adjust your HVAC system for optimal cooling.
Servers can give off different amounts of heat depending on the load on the hard drives. During the day, the load is typically more, so you will want to turn down the cooling temperature. At night when minimal processes are running, loads and server temperatures will be less. Therefore, you could turn up the cooling setting a few degrees to save some money on your energy bills.
3. Helps you avoid network outages and serve downtime.
The last thing you need is for your network and server to crash because it overheated. With temperature monitoring solutions, you will know exactly when something is wrong. You can address it quickly and avoid outages and downtime.
4. Helps you better understand heat loads and cooling loads.
You can use temperature monitoring solutions to know to determine the cooling load needed to maintain recommended server operating temperatures. You will also know how to adjust your cooling loads when expanding your servers to compensate for the increase in heat.
5. Helps you identify areas that have airflow problems.
Placing temperature sensors in key locations helps uncover uneven air pockets and remedy the problem by altering the airflow in the room. For instance, you could have air pockets on the back of your servers where the hot air is coming out of the equipment not properly cooled.
What Is Needed for Temperature Server Monitoring Solutions?
You will need temperature sensors installed in the right locations in the server room, in server racks, and even inside the servers. The sensors need to be connected to the appropriate hardware and an active networking monitoring application like PA Server Monitor.
With PA Server Monitor, you can monitor the temperature in the room, as well as hard drives, CPUs, GPUs, and chassis. You can use the free SpeedFan utility, Environment Monitor app connected to ESensor EM01B devices, and other types of temperature probes connected via SNMP.
PA Server Monitor alerts you via email, text messaging, iPhone app, Android App, or PagerDuty app. PA Server Monitor does more than help you actively monitor temperature and humidity levels in your server room and server equipment. There are plenty of other useful features and configurable options for 24/7 active network monitoring.
To learn more about these features and options or our other types of server monitoring apps or to request your free 30-day full-access trial to PA Server Monitor, please feel free to contact Power Admin at 1-800-401-2339 today!