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  • Top 3 Reasons to Monitor Your Server Room / Data Center

    It's 2013, a new year with a smaller budget and of course a higher expectancy for better equipment efficiency. In order to have this higher level of efficiency while meeting budget constraints, you would need to essentially extend the lifespan of your equipment. Expanding the lifespan requires a monitoring system that would ensure your equipment is operating in an acceptable range of environmental conditions. Here are our Top 3 Reasons to Monitor Your Server Room / Data Center:


    (1) Protect Your Mission Critical equipment from Failure

    The humming of servers is generally a good indicator that equipment is working diligently. However with the increase in productivity, comes an increase in temperature created by your efficient equipment. Although ASHRAE did increase the temperature envelope to 80.6°F for data centers, many still try to push the envelope in order to promote higher efficiency while trying to lower energy costs and usage. To achieve this, you would need to use less coolers and chillers yet still run equipment at a high rate of productivity; such as Google's Data Center in Belgium, which has been deemed Google's most efficicent data center.

    Innovative approaches to running your server and other technical equipment at a higher temperature have greatly improved productivity levels while lowering energy costs. However not every company has the budget for the latest in server room and data center technology. Less technologically innovative servers that try to run at higher productivity in hotter climates can fail, resulting in damaged or melting equipment as well as data loss, not to mention unhappy IT people crammed into that hot room as well.

    (2) Inability to Physically & Personally Monitor After Hours

    In the IT realm, servers are most certainly mission critical; however, servers are rarely viewed as a life or death matter. Considering how much data and information has been collected and stored, these pieces of equipment surely serve an important purpose to all. After all, technology is the backbone supporting a company's operations nowadays.

    Just like a human cannot function at high efficiency without a healthy spine, it is very difficult for a company to function productively without technology in such a tech-savvy timeBut since servers are not often seen as mission critical by ones outside the IT realm, there is a lack of a budget for monitoring these servers. Often overlooked and forgotten, there is rarely a person designated to monitor after hours when IT staff have left for the day. This often leaves these pieces of mission critical equipment unmonitored, resulting in not only informational loss but financial loss as well: During 2009, an estimated $50 million to $100 million losses occurred due to environmental issues going unmonitored!

    (3) Be Green Friendly: Lower Energy & Costs

    With decreased budgets presented and increased efficiency expected along with meeting green and sustainability initiatives, IT staff are forced to make due. This means working in hotter enviornments in order to run machines at full productivity levels while not over-using the air conditioning, cooler, chiller or HVAC systems. Even Google's Data Center in Beligum uses only fresh air to cool off the equipment. Despite the risks of high temperature, many must make these choices in order to meet departmental changes.

    By at least monitoring temperature, you can help extend the lifespans of your servers. Considering the fact that running them at higher temperatures is a must, making sure your servers are not working in too hot of an environment is therefore crucial. At some point, the envelope will be pushed to such an extent that equipment will malfunction and even melt. By efficiently limiting use of cooling & HVAC systems, you would save in costs and lower energy consumption while still protecting your mission critical equipment. By using temperature monitoring equipment with SNMP traps, you would even be able to program in a shut down mode for your equipment if the temperature threshold has been breached.

    By taking the initiative to meet all the new requirements ranging from budget to sustainability by doing temperature monitoring, you will be able to prevent disaster instead of having to clean up melted server. Learn more from our FREE E-Book on Temperature Monitoring:

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  • Temperature@lert Moved to the Leather District!

    Temperature@lert has relocated their corporate office!  The new location is quadruple the size of our current office space.  The additional space will be used to accommodate expanded staff and operational needs.  Temperature@lert, first made the move to Boston, MA in August 2010 for additional office space and for the availability of quality employees.  The company, a recent double winner of 2012 MITX Innovation Awards, continues to grow as it develops new products and solutions for temperature and environmental monitoring in industries spanning from IT/Server Rooms to Agriculturalists.

    The new office, in the Leather District, was selected because the Innovation District does not have as much vacant office space and rents have increased considerably in the area.  Temperature@lert selected, the Leather District, because we needed more room for expansion and the rents in the area are more reasonable.  The savings in rent will be used for increased product development.  The Leather District has become a popular place of work for many start-ups. Temperature@lert joins Yesware, Tracelytics and Abroad 101 in the Leather District.  The new address is:
    108 Lincoln Street, BA
    Boston, MA 02111

    “We are excited to have to move to larger office space as it shows that there is a demand and need for our products”, said Harry Schechter, CEO and President of Temperature@lert. “The Leather District provides us with the additional space we need and we also like the idea of being with other start-ups, it makes for a more stimulating environment.  Our business has continued to grow steadily, with continued interest for our products to monitor server room temperatures and new interest from the bio-pharmaceutical industry, for monitoring vaccines and drug temperatures and the commercial refrigeration industry, where we have seen schools use our products to monitor the refrigeration in school cafeterias.  Our products help both of these industries meet government regulations for environmental and temperature monitoring.  We have also introduced a new line of products to service the agriculture industry.  Our company continues to support expanded operations and the additional space of our new office will help us keep up with our increasing customer demand.”

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