Modius, RF Code Partner on Monitoring
March 3rd, 2010 By: Rich Miller
One company makes wireless sensors and the other develops monitoring and management software. This week RF Code and Modius announced a partnership in which they will integrate their products, with Modius’ flagship OpenData software now accepting environmental data directly from RF Code’s radio frequency ID (RFID) sensors.
As companies seek to control energy costs and carbon emissions, measuring data center energy use is growing in importance. Wireless monitoring is valuable because it allows company to retrofit existing data centers to detect “hot spots” where cooling may not be reaching servers. Fine-tuning cooling systems allows data centers to make more efficient use of the energy used by cooling systems, which often consume as much energy as IT equipment.
Modius OpenData software allows users to manage the performance of both IT devices and facilities infrastructure across an array of sites, including data centers, call centers, server closets, and mechanical yards. Modius can track most types of equipment that has either a serial or network interface, including uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs), generators and power distribution units (PDU).
RF Code’s wire-free active sensor-based software solution monitors and alerts about a broad range of environmental factors—from changes in temperature and humidity to the sudden presence of liquids. Small RFID tags are attached to servers and racks, and monitor environmental conditions in a rack. Integrating environmental data into the OpenData platform provides customers with a more complete picture of conditions in their data center. (See Tracking Data Center Assets With RFID)
““We’re delighted to have RF Code as a partner,” said Craig Compiano, CEO of Modius. “Their open approach to integration has made it easy to extend the value of our OpenData solution by adding critical environmental information that affects the performance and availability of our customers’ physical assets.””
“Integrating environmental information nicely complements the information OpenData already provides,” said Mitch Medford, CEO of RF Code. “It’s a perfect fit.”