Adhesive temperature strips

I saw a self-adhesive temperature strip in front of a rack when I was at a co-location center earlier last week where I thought I can really use in my lab. I have an Avtech room temperature probe in my lab that works great. Sensors everywhere, can monitor via web browser, automated email alerts, etc. but the idea of having a physical temperature strip in front of each rack to quickly look at when in the lab somewhat appeals to me. Its like having a wrist watch on you to quickly glance at the time instead of pulling your phone out every time… I don’t know, maybe I’m just weird?

The strips came from dataclean.com and they have some goodies if you are a datacenter guy. Stuff from airflow management to contamination control and seismic bracing.

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I have 9 racks, and want a strip for the front and back for each one of them. So I decided to order a pack of 25 which was $46.95, which comes down to $1.87 each. Not too bad considering an entry level model of the Avtech room alert is $149 and you only have two sensors.

The strips are thin enough to fit on the post of the rack itself and the adhesive seems to hold up so far.

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Just out of curiosity, I decided to measure the temperature from my temperature gun.. Not too bad!

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Additional notes:

I still think you should have remote monitoring on your datacenter. A dedicated device like an Avtech or even scripts to read server sensors and send out an email. It will help out, especially if the air conditioning fails at 3AM…

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