From general data rooms to data centers of national scientific research institutions, business owners expect to maximize the efficiency of maintenance and operation. No matter what kind of abnormality occurs, it is expected to quickly analyze correlations, clarify the situation, and remove operational obstacles as fast as possible to ensure uninterrupted and normal services. But it is easier said than done.
Ben Shiue, Advantech’s WISE-PaaS product manager, said that from the case of a data center in a scientific research institution, it is not difficult to see that to achieve unified maintenance and operation management, many basics were required, and many aspects such as smart buildings, AIoT, edge computing, cloud computing, were involved, which was a severe task for the construction partner. He pointed out that the organization's data center construction plan was split into different stages. The first and second stages focused on the infrastructure, including the construction of server rooms, cabinets, equipment, and AI clusters and resulting in many subsystems.
Taking a thorough look at these subsystems, whether it is environmental control, UPS, air-conditioning, water cooled chiller, heating and cooling channels, or access control, each has its own tasks and monitoring mechanisms, just like several independent and disconnected islands. In order to prevent service downtime, the owner believed that it is necessary to knock down information barricades of subsystems, consolidate all the data, and display all status information on a visualized dashboard with a 3D/2D virtual model of the building in a centralized situation room to improve overall management efficiency. Therefore, having intelligent maintenance and operation management as its backbone, the third stage was launched, and assisted by Advantech, which has both AIoT and cloud platform service capabilities, and rich experience in smart building solutions.