The RSIC system employs strategically placed temperature sensors to send information to a sophisticated Cooling Resource Manager that calculates minute-by-minute cooling demand throughout the datacenter and controls airflow dynamically via floor- and ceiling-mounted intelligent HotSpotr air movers. These air movers, which can be swapped in for perforated tiles on datacenter floors, consist of a redundant matrix of high-performance fans in an aluminum enclosure. They're controlled by an intelligent thermostatic controller, intended to improve airflow and provide cooling on a highly granular basis.
The RSIC system is also capable of communicating with existing CRAC units from the major providers and automatically adjusting their output in real time.
As with IBM's MMT and cooling offerings from other providers such as SynapSense, AdaptivCool shows environmental data via a graphical display, gathered by the sensors deployed throughout the datacenter. It offers trending analysis and reporting capabilities; plus, it can send alerts when an anomaly occurs.
In addition to their consulting services and technologies, IBM and AdaptivCool both provide datacenter environmental-monitoring services; that is, they can use their solutions to remotely monitor and manage datacenter temperature, humidity, and the like so that IT can focus on more technology-oriented tasks.
The benefits of subjecting your datacenter to a thermal checkup and makeover are pretty clear, especially if you haven't done anything aside from cranking up the AC since adding racks of blades to your facility. Unlike a technology refresh or a virtualization project, an environmental-health adjustment should be neither overly disruptive nor time-consuming -- and it should come with a pretty swift ROI, as well as potential incentives from your local utility, depending on your provider.
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