Why can't we be friends? Monitoring the server room by introducing Modbus to SNMP

Moxa shows how Industrial Automation (IA) devices can dramatically improve server room monitoring and reduce system downtime.

Unfortunately, introducing new devices into an existing system is never easy. This challenge is only complicated when the new devices use an alternative communications protocol, or are from a completely different family of technologies altogether. Despite these obstacles, IT departments are increasingly discovering that they would like to be able to deploy and monitor IA devices, such as UPS and battery equipment, temperature and humidity sensors, power consumption meters, data switches, or even live video, in their server rooms. However, IA devices typically use a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) protocol, such as Modbus. This is new territory for IT professionals, who are more familiar with using Network Management System (NMS) tools and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) with Ethernet networks. Without an integration solution, IT personnel would need to master a completely different IA skill set to add these devices to their existing NMS.

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