How Does RFID Help to Save Time and Money in Data Center

data-center-RFID-blog1. Reduce time on conducting audits and maintaining inventory. Whether annually, semi-annually, monthly or weekly, using RFID technology can speed audit time, allowing data center staff to focus on higher-priority tasks.

2. Increase accuracy of data center audits. Using an RFID reader is a simpler, more accurate method of conducting audits and maintaining inventory. It reduces human error by removing the number of steps involved in cataloging assets. Information about a data center asset is only entered once, as an asset enters a data center or during the first audit. After that, the information resides in a database.

3. Quickly locate critical data center assets. The typical 25,000 to 50,000 square foot data center may contain 5,000 to 15,000 individual assets — from racks, to servers to individual blades inside a server chassis. It is not uncommon for a service person to enter a large, enterprise data center with a service ticket and then spend most of the day simply attempting to locate the specific asset for repair.

4. Manage time-to-deployment. Large data centers experience nearly 50% IT asset turnover due to equipment upgrades and end-of-life. Tens of thousands of dollars in equipment arrives through the receiving bay, enters a holding cage in the data center where it is stages, and then gets deployed into racks on the data center floor. The longer the time-to-deploy, the more these new assets cost the organization. While many IT equipment vendors now include RFID tags directly in their equipment, most data centers do not take advantage of this time-saving technology.

5. Manage service level agreements (SLAs). Data center professionals can associate maintenance and warranty information with every RFID equipment tag. This way they can monitor and manage equipment and associated SLAs including when warranties expire, depreciation and disposal policies. These can be reviewed monthly, weekly or even daily, helping a data center tech more easily monitor, locate and manage IT assets.