Server Room Monitoring: the project

Server room monitoring

Breadboard with sensors for temperature monitoring

Since 1st March 2016 I am working on my final paper for certification as qualified IT specialist system integration. The topic is the “Introduction of server room monitoring based on cost-efficient and self maintainable, preferably open software and hardware”.

I decided to implement the process with Raspberry Pis in order to be able to control the correspondent sensors. These should be integrated in the network and transmit the current temperature data of our server rooms and the relevant air conditioners to out IT department. Ideally I will also embed humidity sensors, which will, a big surprise, measure the air humidity in the rooms.

Server room monitoring

from left to right: temperature sensor, temperature/air humidity sensor

The current plan is that there will be two Raspberry Pis in every server room, which will manage an until now not determined number of sensors. These altoghether four Pis will be placed reasonably throughout the server room in order to guarantee the as much as possible all-over monitoring. A fifth Pi should be provided with an 8 inch display and will graphically illustrate the progression of the temperature at our office.

We will use the DS18B20 as temperature sensors and DHT11 as temperature/air humidity sensor. In case of one of the sensors registering a deviation, which was determined beforehand by us, our department will be informed by e-mail right away so as to be able to react quickly to the matter.

I will turn in the paper probably around 15th April 2016, afterwards the project is going into production. Here at aixigo new innovative ideas are welcomed anytime, especially if they improve the monitoring of the already existing infrastructure. It will centralize the information management and shorten the processing time. This was a very exciting and challenging project with a lot of hadicraft work both in the hardware and software unit. I definitely enjoyed it very much and am glad that is of a modular structure so that the colleagues will be able to maintain and expand it.

Christian Werrmann