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Unplanned Data Centre interruptions can be attributed to a number of sources, with cooling issues accounting for almost a third of all outages. Data Centre environmental conditions are being driven by the need to save energy and reduce day to day operating expenses. Cooling costs alone can easily represent 25-40% of the total energy costs. A lack of optimisation often results in inefficiencies, a reduction in power/cooling availability and higher operating costs. In parallel, the introduction of higher power consumptions, coupled with increasing inlet temperatures (to 27°C and beyond) and as a result, elevated equipment exhaust temperatures, have negatively impacted the equipment environment.

Many facilities are operating in conditions that threaten overall resilience and business continuity.

Maintaining the optimum temperature and humidity around IT assets is mission-critical when delivering uptime and resilience. The direct correlation between power and cooling advocates the need to provide granular monitoring of the key environmental parameters. By providing continuous real-time and historical reporting of the environment, the user is empowered to make informed decisions to drive optimisation and reduce costs. MPL offers a choice of two environmental solutions based around its Gateway technology, enabling multiple sensors to be deployed via a single IP address

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The GW-ENV Gateway centralises data collection from up to 256x tethered environmental devices and 64x door contacts on a single IP address. The Gateway connects 32x HUB-ENV modules which can be mounted on a per cabinet basis to facilitate the deployment of multiple environmental sensors and physical security. MPL N-GEN reporting software is provided locally on the GW-ENV Gateway appliance to provide and display real-time monitoring and historical reporting of all monitored parameters. Alternatively, N-GEN software can be deployed as a Cloud-based service or via an on-premise client-server.

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The GW-COMBI Gateway centralises data collection from up to 252x wireless edge sensors (combined temperature and humidity sensors) on a single IP address. The Gateway connects wirelessly to 12x Relay Sensor (RS) modules. In turn, each RS module connects wirelessly to 20x wireless combined sensors. Each sensor forms part of a flexible wire-free mesh network reporting in real-time. Like the tethered sensor version of the Gateway, the GW-COMBI Gateway utilises MPL N-GEN reporting software locally on the Gateway appliance.

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