Smart Monitoring

Modern data centers are looking for ways to optimize cost management of facilities. The consumption of energy across the data center grid directly effects facility capacity, network availability, and cost. By utilizing smart grids energy efficiency can be monitored at every level and provide the necessary tools to fix small problems before they become big ones. To create a smart grid four major components are factored in.

Energy Management

Combines energy consumption, contract, pricing, and demand to optimize cost.

Power Management

Real time monitoring of control devices, power systems, meters, power generators, to ensure reliable power consumption and distribution.

Facility Management

Real time monitoring of facility controls, environmental systems, mechanical, electrical, and physical factors.


Maintenance Management

Condition based monitoring using prognostics and diagnostics to identify and resolve small problems before they become large ones.

Here we will focus on the facility management side of smart grid technology. Cooling systems are monitored with sensors located throughout the data center. This allows for monitoring of multiple locations to communicate with the computerized system. This allows energy to be focused on areas needing higher cooling rates.


The data is also collected and stored within the system to create a diagnostic picture of system needs. This provides facilities with the ability to address issues in real time and prevent energy waste. The idea is to reduce wasteful energy consumption, optimize the entire data center capacity, and integrate all monitoring systems so that they work as one.