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Externally-mounted projector display solution for hardware status indication onto multiple IT racks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000182907D
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-08
Document File: 3 page(s) / 298K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Because there are so many racks in a data center, it is often difficult to quickly identify which racks need some type of attention. Also, most legacy racks and racks from other vendors do not have an external rack level identification display system. This invention would provide a visual indicator system that is easily visible to allow users to quickly recognize when a rack needs attention. This solution incorporates a projector display system that is externally mounted from the IT racks to provide users with status indication onto multiple racks.

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Externally-mounted projector display solution for hardware status indication onto multiple IT racks

Because there are so many racks in a data center, it is often difficult to quickly identify which racks need some type of attention. Also, most legacy racks and racks from other vendors do not have an external rack level identification display system. This invention would provide a visual indicator system that is easily visible to allow users to quickly recognize when a rack needs attention.

Known solutions include the use of a remote terminal (PC) in the data center. Although these remote terminals can indicate when an IT component requires attention, they require a user to be nearby to see a message on the terminal's screen and do not help the user easily locate the rack among the other numerous racks typical of a data center.

This solution incorporates a projector display system that is externally mounted from the IT racks to provide users with status indication onto multiple racks.

Advantages:
- highly visible, large status indication
- one display system could provide indication for several adjacent racks - video/animation possible with projector technology

A projector display system is externally mounted from the IT racks (such as on the ceiling, fixture, etc). The display technology could be a projector, laser light based technology or anoth...