Cisco Systems has announced its intent to acquire Arch Rock, a pioneer in Internet protocol-based wireless technology used to monitor data center operations and smart-grid applications.

Based in San Francisco, Arch Rock has made a name for itself by providing wireless systems and sensors that can measure power, temperature, and pressure conditions in a wide range of data center operations, including server racks and air conditioning systems. It transmits the monitoring data wirelessly to a central application that provides a dashboard of metrics, including energy usage and the data center’s overall Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

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