When it comes to protecting the security of server rooms, virtual protection, such as viruses, cyber threats, and data breach are definitely factors that businesses should be aware of and prepare for. However, physical location and the environment of the server room is also as important and should not be underestimated. Here we gather four common server room problems and what you can do to fix those problems.
The perfect temperature range for a server room should be somewhere between 20 – 23 degree celsius. Inappropriate temperature range may have caused serious damage on the servers. Not only that you have to control temperature from the outside of the server room, for example, avoid locating the server room where it is the exposed area from sunlight but also the heat that is released from the server itself as well. Because the servers are generating the heat, a proper cooling system is essential to maintain the temperature of the room. It is important to ensure that you are able to control the temperature of the server room separately from the rest of the facility.
Lack of a proper cooling system that causes excessive heat, may also lead to the overheating of UPS in the server room. The overheating uninterrupted power supplies can affect important IT equipment installed in the server room. Therefore it is important to have a temperature monitoring device to maintain the temperature of the room.
Temperature is not the only factor that has an impact on the electrical hardware or equipment inside the server room. Many electronic equipment are designed to operate in a specific range of humidity. Excessively high humidity environment may result in disk drive failure, rusting, corrosion or even the growth of fungus that may have a significant impact on your hardware. Low humidity can easily cause electrostatistics discharge which can lead to the failure of electronic machines in the server room.
It is important to ensure that you provide enough space between each server or equipment for the air to circulate. Heat generating devices should be placed in the space where they have sufficient space enough for air to circulate through them in order to prevent device overheating. Insufficient ventilation may result in a poor cooling system. Avoid stacking up servers on top each other, instead use the appropriate server rack is important to create good ventilation.
Excessive vibration or unwanted motion from the outside that may have negative impact to your server, for example it may disturb or damage the rapid spinning of your hard drive, displace the board and chips when the machine is running. It is essential to avoid that from happening because even the tiniest scratch on them can potentially remove all of your data.
You can minimize the risk of damaging your server by placing the server at vibration free area, put them on the vibration free server racks or install vibration sensors to notify you when there is a problem.
If you need assistance to find out what is the best solution for your server room, consulting with the experts can save you a heap of time as well as cost efficient. Northern Lights Data and Protection provides computer room cooling systems installation service for high efficiency control and air conditioning. The experienced team can give advice on the optimal temperature control solution to meet your current and future business needs. Contact with Northern Lights Data and Protection today for advice on your power protection solution, 0800 177 275 or enquire online.