Arch Rock Corporation has announced that Arch Rock’s PhyNet™ IP-based wireless sensor network technology will be supported in IBM’s Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM), to monitor and manage energy usage in corporate data centers.
The integrated products, now available, will allow a rich set of power and thermal data gathered by strategically-placed Arch Rock wireless sensors to be transmitted over wireless IP links and displayed on the AEM web interface, presenting users with a comprehensive view of their data centers’ energy consumption and environmental health.
The integration of PhyNet into AEM makes it easy for users to see all their energy information on a single web interface (AEM), without having to move back and forth among multiple vendors’ consoles. Arch Rock’s wireless sensors can easily be placed anywhere the user needs to collect electrical, temperature or humidity data, without the labor and cost of having to connect wires. Customers can compare the Arch Rock-collected server inlet air temperature data with AEM temperature readings from their CRACs [computer room air conditioners], determining whether they can lower energy costs by raising CRAC supply air temperatures while remaining within safety zones for server cooling. The sensor data can also be used to monitor pre-set power and thermal thresholds, triggering “event automation plans” through AEM to put servers in lower power states or shut down systems that become overheated. PhyNet is expected to be of particular benefit to the large set of IBM customers still using legacy hardware, which are not equipped with built-in sensors.
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