RFID tag application in the data center

One of the most compelling uses of RFID tag is in the data center. You have a dense population of high dollar value, mission critical assets that must be tracked and accounted for. If you’ve ever tried to inventory a data center full of servers, you know how time consuming it can be to walk around with a list of serial numbers trying to reconcile the location of each server. Even if you have implemented a barcode solution, you still have to visually locate and individually scan each barcode. This process can be overwhelming. What happens when a server gets moved to a new rack and the system is not updated with the new rack location. Imagine trying to locate that sever 3 months later when there is a hard drive failure. It’s like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

By tagging severs with passive RFID tags, entire racks of servers can be reconciled in a matter of seconds, because RFID readers can read multiple tags simultaneously. Not only do you have immediate visibility of any server that might be missing from the rack, you also have visibility of servers that might have been moved to the rack but not updated in the system. This allows you to reconcile each rack and deal with exceptions before moving on to the next rack. Some RFID-based fixed asset tracking software solutions, such as RFTrack also allow you utilize a handheld RFID reader to locate missing assets. You can simply scan each rack until the missing server(s) are located. This feature alone could cut man-hours spent locating missing assets from hours of days to minutes or seconds.

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