Data Centers, whether large dedicated buildings or rooms located within an organisation’s facility, all require constant real time monitoring, to ensure the proper functioning of the equipment installed within the room/facility. MTX Titan II units are an ideal 4G router for server monitoring for both large and small data centres.
The following schematic is an example of a typical installation, consisting of a building with four Data Center rooms each with variables that need to be monitored. This solution gathers the data from the control equipment via modbus and/or ancilliary sensors or IO devices – this data can include temperature and humidity, digital input status, network monitor status, UPS status…etc.
Connectivity – since the rooms have a permanent internet connection, internet connectivity via Ethernet is established as the main means of communication. However, for the solution to continue working in the event of a network crash, it is necessary that the connectivity device can also access the network using LTE/4G technology.
Given these interface needs and with the requirement of significant processing capacity, the solution is designed around an MTX-Router-Titan II, an industrial router with high processing performance, RS485 Modbus connectivity and output via Ethernet or LTE/4G and multiple protocol choices (HTTP, MQTT, SNMP).
The MTX-Router-Titan II continuously polls all of the Modbus RTU sensors/devices connected to the RS485 bus to manage Data Center rooms. Each time a change in the registration of any sensor is detected, the MTX-Router-Titan II sends an alarm message to an SNMP Platform informing of such change or in case of reading failures (for example, power failure of the sensors) At the same time, the modbus registers of the sensors must also be read at any time from the SNMP Platform to check, in real time, the status of any of the devices connected to the solution.
In addition, and in parallel to the previous SNMP functionality, the MTX-Router-Titan II maps the modbus registers read from the sensors in its own internal memory to be able to act as a Modbus TCP slave and allow a reading platform to access via modbus to read the records stored directly from the internal memory of the equipment.
Finally, the MTX-Router-Titan II sends all the information, both modbus readings and the information itself, through MQTT to the Cervello Device Manager, which can act with both the Device Manager function for the management, control and monitoring of the devices, as well as with the Data Center Monitoring Platform function, allowing to visually display all the information of each of the sensors and records obtained in each of the CPD rooms on a personalized dashboard.
Thanks to this solution, remote monitoring of a Data Center center can be carried out, regardless of its size and configuration, in a simple, practical and efficient way, improving the efficiency of the maintenance of the facilities and increasing safety.