Datacenter infrastructure management

The main purpose of an IT-infrastructure monitoring system is to give to a network administrator the clear real time picture what happens in a server room or in a data centre. The base of the system is the hardware which identifies definitely all cable connections and traces accurate within an inch the location of every specific network unit in every rack.

Apparently the functionality of the system is not only simple inventory. For example, having the information what unit in a specific rack a server is occupied we can simply get his entire temperature by SNMP. Then we can control the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system more precise and can reduce power consumption up to tens percent. For example, having the clear map of cable connections and using the table of MAC-addresses we can find were in a building an employee with a notebook is located. Then we can faster solve his problems.

RJ45 with RFIDThe system can be realized in a several different principals: additional wires in patch cables, bar coding, even positioning based on ultrasonic scanning etc. But the most promising way is using RFID technologies. Wikipedia describes the RFID technology in details. A photo with an RJ45 patch cord equipped with an RFID tag is shown at left. Please take into account it is a ordinary nonspecialized RFID tag. It can be stuck on every IT equipment – switches, servers, routers etc. These systems are more reliable (no mechanical interaction), more functional (an RFID chip can contain along with unique identifier other useful information, for instance, power consumption). But their cost were high despite of low prices of RFID tags.

We use several original patented ideas to reduce the IT-infrastructure monitoring system cost in several times to a very competitive level. However all positive features have been saved including the ability of easy installation into existing server rooms or data centres. The basic approach of our system is presented at the section Technology.