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Dynamic Monitoring of Physical Data Center Changes for Safety, Security, Availability, and Asset Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240990D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to dynamically monitor for changes in the physical data center as a means of minimizing the risks to availability, resiliency, safety, and security. The method utilizes systems to identify the change requirements, authorize appropriate access, and then use location and biometrics monitors to ensure that approved personnel only access areas and components that need service.

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Dynamic Monitoring of Physical Data Center Changes for Safety , Security, Availability, and Asset Management

As organizations consolidate greater information technology (IT) workloads into fewer, larger physical data centers, risks levels also increase in the areas of availability, resiliency, safety (e.g., risk of electrocution), and security (e.g., unauthorized personnel in data center security zones). The longer people occupy space in a data center or IT closet, the greater the risks are. In addition, costs of an outage continue to increase.

The current solutions provide one-time biometric access to the data center without consideration of the length of time that a person is to be in the data center or in which area of the data center a person is performing an activity.

The novel contribution is a method to minimize the aforementioned risks in a datacenter by dynamically monitoring for changes in the physical data center. The method performs the following:

1. Predetermines the requirements within the datacenter that necessitate a person's access

2. Provides access to the appropriate areas of the data center (e.g., rack, cabinet, and zone)

3. Computes the steps needed to perform a required change 4. Monitors in real time the security, safety, and asset activity while an individual is in the data center

The ability to monitor activity in real time provides for exception reporting (i.e. alerting) of aberrant behavior.

The method utilizes records for change management and asset management, which individuals use to document requirements and receive approval for access to the datacenter.

Before entry into the datacenter, approved persons are issued an accelerometer, heartbeat monitor, and location determination wearable device, if not already so equipped (e.g., via a smart phone or tablet). Location determination is performed through different technologies such as a Global Positioning System (GPS), through Bluetooth*, Ethernet Wi-Fi, and/or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). When more than one is used, reconciliation can be done to increase accuracy.

The location device is used in conjunction with the existing authorization and authentication system to enable a user's entry into the physical data center, temporarily add the person to the access list, and identify the asset(s) to be changed/added/removed from the data center. The change ticket includes the expected/planned best-practice work activities and captures post-change actual work-effort/activities.

The wearable device monitors in real time the location and activity of the authorized

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person. The method uses the location data to ensure that the person is in the correct area as defined by the work in the change management record. The accelerometer and heartbeat are used to verify that the device continues to stay in contact with the person doing the work. The system reconciles this with any heat sensors, pressure sensors, or motion detectors in use. The devic...