CROC Brings Real-Time Climate Monitoring Service to Market after 1-year Production Use in Its Tier III Data Center
CROC’s IIoT-based service, which was put into operation in the company’s Kompressor Data Center a year ago, monitors climate parameters, prevents overheating of expensive computing equipment, and reduces electricity consumption, thus preventing the cost of outsourcing data center services from rising.
According to international statistics, computing equipment most often fails due to overheating or high humidity. To address this challenge, CROC’s service simulates and visualizes heat flow distribution, hot/cold aisle location, and the entire site’s heat map, thus helping to check engineering infrastructure performance and continuously improve energy efficiency.
Using this service, CROC made engineering infrastructure within its outsourcing data center more manageable and reliable. Now, data center customers can, upon request, obtain information about actual environmental conditions around equipment and SLA (Service Level Agreement) compliance, while a data center maintenance team easily monitors engineering system operation parameters. In addition, over the year of system use, CROC reduced its power consumption by around 5%, thus eliminating the impact of rising electricity prices in 2017.
At CROC’s Kompressor Data Center, this system eliminates the risk of changing microclimate parameters specifically required for outsourcing data centers. Such sites have dynamic infrastructures, with equipment being upgraded all the time, new customers requiring new isolated rooms, and racks regularly being relocated. CROC’s solution does not allow such changes to affect the data center’s microclimate and thus ensures maximum equipment service life.
Data comes from a hardware and software solution consisting of wireless sensors installed throughout the server room and an analytical center hosted in CROC's cloud,
with temperature and humidity measurements being sent to the company's proprietary app every 30 seconds. The app reports all potential threats to on-duty engineers, who immediately adjust the operation of engineering and computing equipment.
“The service helps us more thoroughly evaluate the data center’s microclimate and proactively address any changes. We became convinced the solution was a success after only a few days of operation. The system helped us quickly detect non-optimal areas in one of the rooms and improve operations by physically isolating hot and cold aisles, thus keeping temperature within the preset range,” said Pavel Goryunov, Technical Director of CROC's Data Centers.
Due to its low power consumption, the system can run independently for at least two years using the same power supply source, which is especially important for large data centers that may require 100+ sensors. It should be noted that the system’s sensors reliably transmit data even through concrete walls. In addition, the system can also be provided as a managed service to other companies that operate their own data centers.
“New approaches help solve old problems using non-standard techniques, often leading to unexpected results that may be unclear until one gains an insight into such methods. Internet of Things is one such new approach as it opens up opportunities to reach a completely new level of technology data collection and analysis and improve the efficiency of a wide range of processes. Therefore, in the near future, we will no longer suffer from a lack of access to such information, which is currently a key problem associated with production data analysis,” noted Vyacheslav Maximov, Deputy Director of IT Department, Director for Industrial Solutions, CROC.
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CROC was established in 1992 and has been operating in the Russian IT market for over 26 years, ranking among the top 10 IT companies and top 5 consulting businesses in Russia (Expert Rating Agency, 2017) for over 10 years. Moreover, in 2016, the company was among the top 3 Russian IT service (IDC, TAdviser, 2017), systems integration (IDC, 2017), and IaaS (CNews, 2017) providers.
CROC is the number one Russian IT service provider to the energy and manufacturing (Manufacturing Management portal, 2017) and healthcare (CNews, 2017) sectors, and ranks among the top 3 IT service providers to transportation companies (CNews, 2017).
CROC enables digital transformation with its blockchain, Big Data, VR/AR, AI, IoT, and BIM implementations. The company has been evolving Russia's first open-source cloud for almost 10 years since 2009 and is the only systems integrator in the country to operate its own fault-tolerant data centers, which boast Tier III Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability from the Uptime Institute. CROC offers cloud and managed B2B services based on its data centers, including IT infrastructure provisioning and management, creation of cloud-based security operations centers, deployment of video and Wi-Fi analytics for marketing needs, and HR process automation.
CROC’s key competences also include integrated platforms for interstate and interagency interaction; development of software and hardware solutions, mobile apps, and digital platforms for communication with customers; data protection and information security solutions; IT support and IT outsourcing; industrial solutions; large contact centers; networks and communication solutions; Digital Signage; computing suites; data storage optimization; and BIM-enabled engineering infrastructures for buildings and data centers.
CROC develops the Innovation Accelerator to create and fine-tune its proprietary new products and cloud services of potential partners. To streamline customer digital transformation, CROC launched a Digital Enabler service for end-to-end agile engineering and roll-out of unique digital processes, as well as established a consulting force to help customers develop digital products that meet end user needs and shape new digital businesses.
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