How Data Centers Automate Their Operations With IoT Solutions

Updated: Dec 25, 2020

Regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandate that all companies maintaining sensitive data such as financial and health records not only prove they own their equipment, but also have complete control over equipment content security.

Complete solutions for data centers, consisting of tags, readers and software are available to automatically track and secures assets with very little human intervention, hence addressing the challenge of increasing inventory accuracy and decreasing inventory time and physical labor.

Productivity Boost And More

Integrating RFID into a data center can increase productivity approximately 15 times while reducing time used to inventory assets by as much as 90 percent.

Here is how different technologies compare when it comes to account for 10,000 assets in an average data center:

Manual inventory: 50 hours

Barcode inventory: 16 hours

RFID inventory: 4 hours

Barcode solutions provides only limited improvement compared to manual inventory. This is due to the nature of the technology being used, which requires establishing a focused line of sight for each barcode to be read individually, one at a time. RFID, on the other hand, allows for accurate batch reading, scanning across an area to collect identification information in bulk and at a distance, without any line of sight required.

Beyond data center inventory with increased efficiency and accuracy, RFID enables real-time asset visibility that in turn translates into improved service agreement management as well as simplified compliance reporting.

How To Start

One of the biggest challenges for the deployment of RFID in the data center is tag size and tag placement. Does it go on the front of the rack-mounted equipment? Will it fit? What is the read range? Can you attach something to the back of the chassis? These are all common questions and challenges when deploying RFID with data center managers.

Xerafy's experience with data center environments is born out of the many options available relative to tag size and performance. The XS Dot and Dash RFID Tags allow the customer to use a very small tag and provides many options for placement while the DataTrak II is an ideal form factor for attaching tags to the equipment using a zip tie or wire hanger. Form factors, mounting options, and tag performance stand out together to solve the most challenging data center tracking problems.