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  • Does Cogeneration Yield a Suitable RoI in Data Centers?


    What does the data say?

    This is the second of two pieces on Cogeneration or CHP.  The first explored the topic, this one will explore the RoI of technology proven for other industries as applied to data centers.

    As the data center industry continued to consolidate and competitiveness becomes more intense, IT professionals understand the pressure on both capital and operating budgets.  They are torn by two competing forces, faster and more reliable vs. low cost and now.  IT equipment improvements are continuously and the desire to update always calls.  Reliability has become the mantra of hosted application and cloud customers and although electrical grid failures are not considered “failures against uptime guarantees” for some, businesses affected by outages feel the pain all the same.  And if there are solutions, management pressure to implement them quickly and at low cost is always a factor.

    Cogeneration is typically neither fast nor cheap, but it does offer an alternate path to reliability and uptime.   As in all major investments that require sizable capital and space, the best time to consider cogeneration is during data center construction.  That being said, data centers operating today are not going any place soon, so retrofit upgrade paths are also a consideration, especially in areas where electric power reliability from the local utility has become less reliable over time.  So when should data center professionals consider cogeneration or CHP?  Fortunately there are studies available on public websites that help provide answers.

    Temperature@lert: Does Cogeneration Yield a Suitable RoI in Data Centers?

    University of Syracuse data center exterior; Microturbines in utility area (Link to Source)

    One such study is an installation at the University of Syracuse.  Opened in 2009, the 12,000 ft2 (1100 m2) data center with a peak load of 780 KW employs cogeneration and other green technologies to squeeze every ounce of energy out of the system. (Link to Source)  The site’s 12 natural gas fueled microturbines generate electricity.  The microturbine’s hot exhaust is piped to the chiller room, where it is used to generate cooling for the servers and both heat and cooling for an adjacent office building.  Technologies such as adsorption chillers to turn heat into cooling, reusing waste heat in nearby buildings and rear door server rack cooling that eliminates the need for server fans completes what IBM calls its Greenest Data Center yet.

    Temperature@lert: Does Cogeneration Yield a Suitable RoI in Data Centers?

    Left: Heat exchanger used in winter months to capture waste microturbine heat for use in nearby buildings; Right: IBM “Cool Blue” server rack heat exchangers employ chilled water piped under floor.

    This is certainly an aggressive project, but can the cost be justified with a reasonable Return on Investment?  Fortunately data has recently been released to quantify the energy conservation benefits.  PUE performance measured during 2012 was presented at an October 2013 conference and show a steady PUE between 1.25 and 1.30 during the period, a value that compares very favorably when compared to the typical data center PUE of 2.0. Uptime Institute self reporting average PUE is 1.65 with qualifications, Digital Realty Trust survey of 300 IT professionals with annual revenues of at least $1 Billion and 5,000 employees revealed PUE of 2.9.  (Link to Sources: Uptime Institute Digital Realty Trust)

    Temperature@lert: Does Cogeneration Yield a Suitable RoI in Data Centers?      

    IBM/SU Green Data Center 2009 Goals (Link to Source); 2012 Actual Performance (Link to Source)

    So how can we calculate the actual RoI and compare it to the projected goals.  First, the goals stated in the table on the left show savings of $500,000+ per year.  Another presentation by the microturbine supplier shows a $300,000 per year goal, quite a bit different.  So how do we know what the savings is?  We don’t since there is no reference site where the data center is identical and in an identical location without the CHP.  So we can use the 2.0 average PUE and calculate the energy savings, but that’s not a real answer.  And we also need to take into account the fact that tax incentives and grants such as the $5 Million for the Syracuse University project needs to be reviewed to determine the cost to non-subsidized projects.  Hopefully project managers will provide more information to help data center operators better understand the actual savings as the project matures.

    CHP for data centers is presented with an array of benefits including improved reliability through less dependence on grid power, lower power costs, reduced carbon footprint.  NetApps installed CHP in their Silicon Valley data center to reduce their reliance on grid power due to frequent rolling brownouts and the uncertainties of the power market costs.  Their experience is not as instructive due to the site’s reduced need for cooling due to use of direct air cooling.  As a result the CHP system is used only when the utility is strained.  It is difficult to find quantitative data for modern installations.   While the data seems encouraging, actual energy cost savings are not provided.  We will watch the progress at this and other projects over the next several months to see if CHP costs yield an acceptable RoI via reduced energy costs.  Stay tuned.

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  • Does Cogeneration Have a Role in Data Centers?

    Operators have many options to consider.


    An earlier piece in this series titled Data Centers as Utilities explored the idea that emergency backup power systems in data centers could be used to supply the utility with peak demand power when the grid is running near capacity and the data center’s emergency generators are not needed.  But what about the idea that data centers generate their own power to provide less reliance on the grid?  There are several approaches, particularly in the green energy space that will be explored in future pieces.  One that is readily available and may make sense for data centers to consider is called cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power, CHP for short.

    CHP is not new, it has been used in more traditional industries for decades, primarily heavy industries with large energy needs, steel and paper mills for example.  Cogeneration for data centers has been in the news for quite some time but has had a relatively low adoption rate.  After all, data center operators try to put their capital into IT infrastructure; the utility and facility sides are often looked at as necessary added cost.  But with reports that grid capacity and reliability may not be able to address the growth or reliability needs of the industry, operators are taking a fresh look at options such as self generation.   Low natural gas prices are also a factor since operators may be able to secure the fuel for their own operations more cheaply than through electric utilities.

    As early as 2007 the US Environmental Protection Agency highlighted the potential of cogeneration in the future of data centers in a piece titled The Role of Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems in Data Centers.(Link to Source)  With advances in the technology, changes in energy costs, and greater emphasis on grid capacity and reliability as it pertains to data centers, cogeneration has received a significant boost with sponsorship from companies such as IBM.  

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    US sponsored report table showing various technology applications

    all under the CHP or Cogeneration name. (Link to Source)

    There are several approaches to cogeneration or CHP.  The EPA report shows application of several technologies that fall under the sphere CHP or cogeneration.  Recent installations include five gasoline engine powered turbines in a Beijing data center. According to one report, Powered by five of GE’s 3.34-megawatt (MW)  cogeneration units, the 16.7-MW combined cooling and heating power plant (CCHP) will offer a total efficiency of up to 85 percent to minimize the data center’s energy costs. (Link to Source) The project is sponsored by the China National Petroleum Corporation and represents the trend toward distributed energy production in high usage industries.  Ebay’s natural gas powered Salt Lake City plans to deploy a geothermal heat recovery system to product electricity from waste heat. (Link to Source)

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    Example of Micro Turbine or Fuel Cell CHP layout (Link to Source)

    Data from projects at the University of Syracuse and University of Toledo data centers will be examined in a companion piece to demonstrate the potential RoI for CHP.

    Temperature@lert: Does Cogeneration Have a Role in Data Centers?

    University of Toledo Natural Gas Fired Micro Turbine Cogeneration Plant. (Link to Source)

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  • How much is my Server Room worth?

    How much is your Server Room Worth?

    Redundancy and the value of your in-house data

    Way in the back of your office--beyond the marketing mavens and chipper CEOs--is a room of servers. There might be a few 4U servers in a closet,  a handful of database servers in a larger space, or even an entire room with “racks on racks”. Most businesses will have a dedicated space for server equipment, and no matter the size, the overall value of the information can far outweigh the actual costs of the server hardware. Think of it in these terms; how valuable do you consider your “big data”, and what precautions are you undertaking to protect the information?

    Redundancy is one common method and is typically associated with the concept of Disaster Recovery (DR). In fact, a slew of cloud and hosting providers now tout DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) as a selling point for their solutions. But for the smaller-scale SMBs that utilize an in-house data closet, in-house redundancy can be difficult to produce. In-house redundancy may involve the use of vacant servers and equipment that receives copies of all data transmissions and related information. While this is an important concept to consider for your servers, keep in mind that the duplicate purchases (of identical equipment for failover) can be a costly expense. Remember that  the costs of data loss/leakage (depending on your business size) can be astronomical. Check out these words about data losses from David M. Smith of Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management:

    “The final cost to be accounted for in a data loss episode is the value of the lost data if the data cannot be retrieved. As noted earlier, this outcome occurs in approximately 17 percent of data loss incidents. The value of the lost data varies widely depending on the incident and, most critically, on the amount of data lost. In some cases the data may be re-keyed in a short period of time, a result that would translate to a relatively low cost of the lost data. In other cases, the value of the lost data may take hundreds of man-hours over several weeks to recover or reconstruct. Such prolonged effort could cost a company thousands, even potentially millions, of dollars.[12] Although it is difficult to precisely measure the intrinsic value of data, and the value of different types of data varies, several sources in the computer literature suggest that the value of 100 megabytes of data is valued at approximately $1 million, translating to $10,000 for each MB of lost data.[13] Using this figure, and assuming the average data loss incident results in 2 megabytes of lost data, one can calculate that such a loss would cost $20,000. Factoring in the 17 percent probability that the incident would result in permanent data loss, one can further predict that each such data loss would result in a $3,400 expected cost.”


    And with that said, the cost of redundancy (or rescuing data after a failure or disaster) can be difficult to calculate when you consider the man-hours associated with the recovery. As an aside, big data has come under the spotlight recently as a overused buzzword, and the divide between useful data and well, just data, is a difficult line to draw. Marketers in particular are faced with this problem, and sorting through the mountains of data can be both cumbersome and useful. Some consider "big data" to be overrated, in that the finding of useful information within piles of useless data can be time intensive and wasteful. Regardless, the value of an endless data pool is difficult to calculate (depending on business size and application), but is significant, and ultimately the consequences of lost data aren’t to be ignored. Protect your data, use redundancy, and seek out other methods of reliability and sustainability for your priceless server rooms and closets.


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  • Air Filter Series: A Lesson from the Home

    Air Filter Series:

    A Lesson from the Home

    by Dave Ruede, Product Evangelist at Temperature@lert



    What air filters do in your house, and what they mean for the IT space

    We can learn many valuable lessons from owning a home, but the learning curve is (at times) steep for home improvements and renovations. It was only a year ago that my wife and I bought a house, and one of these valuable lessons surfaced almost instantaneously. I realized afterwards that this lesson is applicable to any space where filter quality can affect HVAC efficiency (and energy costs!).

    Soon after the purchase, our gas-fired forced air furnace needed replacement due to a crack in the heat exchanger.  The unit came with a standard 1” (25 mm) air filter; you know the kind, the ones in your air conditioner ducts.  These filters remove dust.  Air passes through the pleated non-woven fabric and extracts larger dust particles and bugs from the air.  The filter plenum was able to accept a deeper filter, up to 4” (100 mm) deep.  The filter was scheduled to be changed quarterly, but since summer was upon us I waited until the heating season began in the fall.

    To frame this issue, keep in mind that filters do their job by trapping dust particles that are too big to pass through the holes in the fabric.  Smaller particles and air molecules pass through easily, or at least easily enough to let the air circulate as designed.  Filters are made with specifications that balance the removal properties (efficiency in removing particles) with the resistance to airflow compared to no filter being present (pressure drop).

    The surface area of the pleated filter media has a direct affect on the pressure drop.  If everything else is constant, the pleated media’s surface area is inversely correlated with the low pressure drop. Put more simply: the higher the surface area, the lower the drop. The same low pressure drop can be achieved by making the non-woven more porous, thereby having a negative effect on removing particles since larger spaces would let more dust through.  Low pressure drop is beneficial because the fan motor will require less energy to move the amount of air required to heat the house, and helps to lower energy costs.


    A  Portable Air Conditioner

    To address this very issue, I removed the 1” filter in the fall and saw that it had changed from black to brownish-gray.  Immediately afterwards, a 4” filter was installed that was also rated to reduce pollen and other allergens.  The deeper pleats and advanced non-woven design balanced the increased pressure drop, due to the smaller openings needed to remove pollen and such.  Six months later when I took it out, the outlet side was still white.  Even though we believed that we had kept a clean house, the inlet side was covered with a thick layer of dust and lint. The filter performed significantly better in removing dust and the like (versus the 1’’ filter), and did so without compromising the performance of the heating system.

    To connect this issue to IT and server rooms, keep in mind that an office air conditioner (that feeds the server closet or the HVAC and CRAC units in data centers) contains a filter like the one in my home. A server room’s HVAC system can be similarly affected by the surface area of an air filter. A poor or makeshift filter can diminish the efficiency of these units, and the energy costs will remain the same regardless. The combination of high power usage and low efficiency is hardly ideal.

    Regardless of size (closet, room, warehouse), these seemingly “insignificant” filters are important for assuring HVAC effectiveness and efficient energy usage in the IT space. The next piece in this series will cover the performance of air filters in server rooms (both positive and negative), and will also outline other key environmental issues in the IT space. Stay tuned, and stay cool! 



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  • Temperature@lert Named as Finalist in 2013 American Business Awards

    TEMPERATURE@LERT NAMED AS FINALIST IN 2013 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS


    The 11th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 17 in Chicago and September 16 in San Francisco.

    Boston, MA – May 9, 2013 – Temperature@lert, a leading provider of real-time, cloud-based environmental monitoringsolutions designed to enable businesses to mitigate temperature-related disasters, was named a Finalist today in the New Product or Service of the Year – Software category in The 2013 American Business Awards for their Sensor Cloud service. Temperature@lert will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.

     

    Sensor Cloud is a web-based Software-as-a-Service product for monitoring the environmental conditions of server rooms, bio-pharma vaccine storages, and commercial refrigerators while providing regulatory compliance data logging and alerting for various environmental sensors such as temperature, humidity, water, and more. The fault-tolerant design helps ensure that sensor data is logged and maintained for years, while the website and free iPhone/Android apps enable access to sensor readings and the ability to edit phone calls, emails, and SMS alerts from anywhere.

     

    Temperature@lert’s Cellular Products have previously won several awards, including a Stevie Gold Award for their Solar Cellular Edition in 2012. However, it is Temperature@lert’s Sensor Cloud that serves as the brains of all Cellular Editions with over thousands of devices deployed and running the service. Temperature@lert's WIFI and USB devices can also be connected to Sensor Cloud for a consolidated view of all sensor readings and alert statuses. Temperature@lert’s mission is to create a cost-effective and fault-tolerant system that will allow any user to monitor their assets at any moment, anywhere.

     

    The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. 

     

    The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 17 – in Chicago for the first time, after 10 years in New York; and the new product & technology awards event on Monday, September 16 in San Francisco.

     

    More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Temperature@lert is nominated in the New Product or Service of the Year – Software category for their Sensor Cloud service.

     

    “Temperature@lert’s Sensor Cloud service directly addresses every industry’s monitoring needs ranging from server rooms, to farms, to medical storage, and even to commercial food transportation operations. We are deeply honored to be recognized as a finalist for our Sensor Cloud service by the American Business Awards,” said Harry Schechter, CEO/President of Temperature@lert. “This honor only further validates the need for remote temperature monitoringbecause everyone should be able to easily prevent temperature related disasters, regardless of type of industry or size of company. We believe in giving you a solution before you even have a problem.”

     

    Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May.  More than 150 members of nine specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 13 - 24.  

     

    Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.   

     


    About Temperature@lert

    Temperature@lert’s temperature and environmental monitoring solutions provide both real-time and historic views of a location’s temperature and other critical parameters through alerts and cloud-based graphs, data logs and reports. This information allows customers to immediately react to potentially disastrous temperature or other fluctuations in critical environments, as well as provide temperature consistency for regulatory and internal process control requirements. Temperature@lert has more than 40,000 devices installed in over 50 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.temperaturealert.com.

     

    About the Stevie Awards

    Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this year.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

     

    Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.

     

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    Contact:

    Diane Deng

    Temperature@lert

    866-524-3540 x506


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  • What Not To Do in a Server Room: 3 Server Room Commandments

    There's advice everywhere, whether on ServerFault or TechRepublic or any other web source you may have googled for, there is someone always giving you a 1001 tips on how to do your job best. Often these "How-To" tips are formulated for those with big budgets to spend from equipment to monthly recurring costs. However, not everyone can adhere to these perfect guidelines when there are budgetary constraints. The dilemma on how best to serve your server room with such constraints comes down to 3 simple commandments:

    (1) Thou Shalt Not Build Before Assessment of Space

    The best place to start is to assess the overall space. There's no better way than that to decide how to fit cables, wires, racks, cabinets, patch panels, cooling units, and any other mission critical equipment. By observing the overall layout, you will want to look for where walls, windows, and doors are located as well as air ducts. Then decide how to best use the space, you can get better energy efficiency as well as less hot aisles! Also don't forget to keep your wires neat and color coded for the future!

    (2) Thou Shalt Not Stack Upon Stack

    Your equipment is expensive, not flapjacks, let's not stack them. Sure this faux-pas has been done often using server rails. Yes, they are often necessary when your space is the size of a child's closet; however, the answer is not to stack them directly on top of each other. Your equipment is holding precious data or running mission critical events, the last thing you want to do is to overheat your equipment and cause failure.

    This offense is not only seen using server rails but all over the place in a server room. It's definitely a no-no to leave small pieces of equipment on top of a hot rack or cabinet. There's a reason we give them aisle spacing, it's important not to stack upon your rack, especially when there is not enough air circulation going on. Beware of dust collecting as well, the last thing you want is a dust bunny getting caught in the exahust of your server.



    (3) Thou Shalt Not Skimp on the Cooling

    As cool as raised flooring maybe, not everyone can afford it and not just any builder can do it. However, there is a variety of air conditioners available on the market that are cost-effective and energy efficent as well! Since ASHRAE raised the limits on running server equipment from 68°F to 85°F before things really start to go bad in your server room, it is possible to run your equipment at higher temperatures. By doing so and not skimping on cooling, one can run at high prpoductivity without fear of losing data as long as their air conditioning is running.

    But what happens when the air conditioner goes out? That's when things start to go bad especially when your equipment is running at higher productivity thus producting more heat. Without cooling, mission critical equipment failure could occur, or even worse, server room fire. Although they are rare, make sure you have a fire supression system; But I would not not immediately opt for the water sprinkler system since your server room equipment was not made for such aqueous activities.

    The most cost effective and best protection you can provide for your server room on a budget is to monitor for temperature. That way you can be alerted to changes in raising temperature before it's too late. After all it's better to be safe than sorry.


    Is your server room or do you know of someone's server room that is not being monitored for temperature? Are you concerned with energy consumption, ability to monitor off-hours, and/or preventing mission critical equipment from failure? If you or know someone who is experiencing such issues, we want to hear form YOU!


    We will be giving away ONE FREE USB DEVICE per month to the server room with the most need! Valued at $129.99,Temperature@lert USB Edition is a low-cost, high-performance device that monitors the ambient temperature in your server room and alerts you via email when the temperature rises or falls outside your acceptable range.

    Enter here or please send a brief description, pictures, and/or videos to diane@temperaturealert.com for consideration! Our team will select one winner each month based on description and need, because we firmly believe that companies in every industry should take a proactive stance in monitoring temperatures to avert disasters.


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  • Microsoft Hotmail & Outlook.com Outage: Data Center Safeguards and Temperature Monitoring

    Microsoft made an announcement through their Outlook.com blog about a recent issue specific to users of Outlook.com and Hotmail. After a seemingly exhaustive attempt to migrate customers from Hotmail to the new Outlook suite, Microsoft experienced a minor hiccup as they updated their firmware. There are still many questions left unanswered, even with the frank admission on the Outlook.com blog.

    Here's Microsoft's "recap" of the entire event, quoting directly from their blog.

    "At 13:35 PM PDT on March 12th, 2013 there was a service interruption that affected some people's access to a small part of the SkyDrive service, but primarily Hotmail.com and Outlook.com. Availability was restored over the course of the afternoon and evening, and fully restored by 5:43 AM PDT on March 13th, 2013."

    One point of interest must be, why did this outage occur in the afternoon, and was only fully restored by next day? Why was the timeframe stretched so far? The Outlook.com blog goes further into the issue, marking the root cause as a substantial rise in temperature due to the updated firmware. The resulting "waves" of updates/reboots took many hours to complete as they brought the datacenter to full strength.

    Microsoft continues with a detailed explanation:

    "This failure resulted in a rapid and substantial temperature spike in the datacenter.  This spike was significant enough before it was mitigated that it caused our safeguards  to come in to place for a large number of servers in this part of the datacenter...Once the safeguards kicked in on these systems, the team was instantly  alerted and they immediately began to get to work to restore access."



    It sounds like an excellent strategy; lock out user access in response to rising temperatures to prevent a melted server or data loss. However, it seems that these safeguards were directly connected to other systems and had very strict responses to the temperature change, and thereby prevented a standard 'failover' to a redundant system. 

    Particularly in datacenters and IT, the goal of temperature monitoring and alerting is to provide a direct line of communication between operators and data center temperatures. Temperature monitoring devices are most effective when utilized as an unbiased indicator of temperature change, but for integration purposes, the devices must be formatted to send instantaneous alerts without compromising other systems.  Holistic integration, or automated systems that have a series of moving parts and streamline processes, is an admirable solution for datacenters of scale, but the fact remains that specific monitors and devices must have a closed loop and limited "next-step" automation. Microsoft and Outlook.com may find that a alternative solution is the separation of their datacenter temperature monitoring devices from their automated disaster planning, and using the devices as a primary indicator of trouble (and enacting safeguards thereafter based on the situation). By this method, engineers or system administrators could investigate the temperature rise instantly and investigate the problem. After investigating, active decisions can be made towards automation and safeguarding based on the findings. The instantaneous alerts were clearly helpful to Microsoft, but it seems that the safeguard logic override inflated the problem. 

    It seems like an issue of redundancy as well, and many bloggers and comments have expressed disbelief at the simplicity of Microsoft's datacenters. Some may argue that the Outlook.com servers should have been designed for maximum redundancy, especially as it's being touted as Outlook's big step into SaaS. This is a hot topic among SaaS veterans and other cloud enthusiasts; redundancy is a complex and vital resource for disaster planning. Continued access to services, business operations, and other assets is the main benefit of a redundant system, apart from the aversion of data loss. Still, even as the redundancy was a relevant problem by Microsoft's own admission, the safeguards were the true issue.  Outlook.com was fractured not by a faulty temperature monitoring device, missed monitoring report, or an unopened email or text alert, but by the very logic of the safeguard's response to the rising temperature. Their own temperature monitoring device was obviously effective in marking the temperature change (though we can't truly confirm that the team was "instantly alerted"), but sadly, it was the next step in the monitoring logic that locked out countless users. We do recommend integration of such devices into management systems and for scaled automation, but check the sensitivity of your safeguard and logic systems to prevent an overreaction (and costly outage). Don't have an "Outlook.com" moment!


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  • ALERT: March's Temperature@lert USB Promo Winner!

    USB Contest Winner:



    Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS)

    Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) is one of the largest behavioral health care agencies serving Summit County, Ohio, USA. They provide behavioral health care treatment to over 4,000 children and 1,000 adults every year. For over 70 years, CG&FS has been committed to supporting children, adults, and families who face abuse, grief, neglect, trauma and mental health challenges. Their highly-trained staff of more than 150 professionals work together to help those in need to lead successful lives.

    They have been diligently working on funding their campaign to erect a new building because all of their current sites are rented and their main center is well-over 50 years old. Their main center's IT site is currently protected by our Temperature@lert USB device. However, their new building sits unprotected from such IT temperature-related disasters.



    CG&FS is a 501c3 non-profit outpatient counseling and behavioral health facility. Their focus is assisting others; therefore, funds are extremely hard to come by for their IT budget. According to their Network Specialist, Jim Isom, "funding is getting tighter every year, while being asked to do more and more." This is when Temperature@lert decided to step-in and offer their product to help them with their monitoring needs.


    "It is so important to monitor our IT department server room equipment for out of boundary temperatures which can damage or shorten the life of costly network and server  equipment. The USB Temperature Alert device has helped by alerting us via email at the time the temperature exceeds our set limits."

    ~Jim Isom, Network Specialist @ CG&FS

    Temperature@lert believes that everyone should avert temperature-related disasters, especially when it comes to mission critical equipment. Often the IT department is overlooked in many organizations because of overall budget constraints. Nevertheless, it is important to ensure your servers are operating at proper temperature ranges in order to protect data being stored and to promote a healthy lifespan of equipment. After reviewing CG&FS's photos of their sites, we knew they'd be a great candidate for Temperature@lert USB edition.




    Contest Details

    We will be giving away ONE FREE USB DEVICE per month to the server room with the most need! 

    Valued at $129.99,Temperature@lert USB Edition is a low-cost, high-performance device that monitors the ambient temperature in your server room and alerts you via email when the temperature rises or falls outside your acceptable range.

    Please send a brief description, pictures, and/or videos to diane@temperaturealert.com for consideration! Our team will select one winner each month based on description and need, because we firmly believe that companies in every industry should take a proactive stance in monitoring temperatures to avert disaster.


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  • Temperature@lert's Latest Generation WiFi Temperature Monitoring Device is Released!

    Temperature@lert has officially launched its latest generation WiFi Edition remote temperature sensor, the WIFI330, which can use either wireless or wired internet. Their newest version of the WiFi Edition integrates the successful features of its predecessor along with their latest innovations, and offers customers the latest user-friendly and cost-effective temperature-monitoring device. The latest generation’s features include:

    • Four Sensor/Probe Ports – Significantly Reducing the Price Point

    • Two Ethernet Ports

    • 3X Faster Processing Speed

    • Flood Sensor Capability

    • Firmware Updates Without Loss of User Settings

    • Updates From the Web Interface

    • Optional Sensor Cloud service for Online Viewing and Smartphone Apps

    Previous generation’s successful features incorporated into the new WIFI330 comprise of:

    • Combination Temperature/Humidity Option – Adds on Relative Humidity Monitoring for Critical Applications

    • Predrilled Mounting Flange – Facilitates permanent mounting of the unit

    • Power over Ethernet (PoE) support – Enables operation without AC power adapter

    • Continuous monitoring and Email alerts when temperature or (optional) humidity goes above or below user specified levels

    • WiFi and Ethernet connectivity – Operates so long as your network is available

    • Security – No software to load onto your computers or servers

    • Supports SNMP Traps

    • Supports SMTP via SSL/TLS and SMTP Authentication

    • Pre-calibrated Sensors – NIST Certification available (additional cost)

    • User programmable open source Linux operating system for custom reporting, alarms, etc.

    “The successful implementation of previous generation WiFi devices has only proven the importance of continually developing the Temperature@lert WiFi edition in order to meet users’ needs,” says Harry Schechter, Temperature@lert CEO & President. “The newest capabilities only expand upon what has already been successfully implemented, thus being able to offer an even more cost-effective temperature monitoring solution to IT, Commercial Refrigeration, Property/Facility Management, Food Services, Laboratory Research, as well as a number of other industries. Our company motto has always been to avert disaster instead of mopping up and we hope to continue to be the prime choice in monitoring solutions.”


    For more information on Temperature@lert’s WIFI330 Edition: http://www.temperaturealert.com/Wireless-Temperature-Store/Temperature-Alert-WiFi-Sensor.aspx.

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  • USB Temperature: Server Room Alert!

    USB Contest Winner:

    ProfitBricks USA:

    Temperature@lert ventured to Cambridge, MA last week to deliver and install a FREE USB Temperature device for the winner. The winner is ProfitBricks, a cloud computing startup headed by CEO Bob Rizika and the founders of 1&1 Web Hosting. They specialize in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), providing cloud computing resources to businesses of all sizes.

    ProfitBricks reached out to Temperature@lert with a photo of their server room, along with a caption that described their temperature concerns. The caption read "Getting hotter outside, I'm worried about us!". These words came directly from Jeffrey Rogers, a ProfitBricks Solutions Engineer and highly-knowledgeable IT professional. Jeffrey expressed his concerns about rising temperatures in a follow-up email, particularily with the upcoming spring and summer. 

    "With the summer coming up quick, I'm getting concerned about the temperatures down there. If it's hot now (in winter), I can only imagine the dangers that lie ahead!".

    From what we saw in the provided photo, ProfitBricks has a small room occupied by a variety of server racks and hardware. From there, they had an individual "wall A/C" unit that provided cooling for the equipment. We recognized that the congestion of equipment (in the small space) likely produced an immense amount of extra heat, and from the words of Jeffrey himself, "it's been a sauna for some time now, we should be monitoring this!".

    Check out the video below to see the Temperature@lert USB device in action at ProfitBricks!


    Temperature@lert at ProfitBricks USA (YouTube link)

    Contest Details

    We will be giving away ONE FREE USB DEVICE per month to the server room with the most need! 

    Valued at $129.99,Temperature@lert USB Edition is a low-cost, high-performance device that monitors the ambient temperature in your server room and alerts you via email when the temperature rises or falls outside your acceptable range.

    Please send a brief description, pictures, and/or videos to diane@temperaturealert.com for consideration! Our team will select one winner each month based on description and need, because we firmly believe that companies in every industry should take a proactive stance in monitoring temperatures to avert disaster.

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