Virus threats, spyware ( software spy) and performance issues in LANs generally receive a lot of attention from IT departments in data protection and servers. However, the environmental conditions that are reached within a server room can cause very significant damage. It is important to constantly monitor and control the environmental parameters of the racks, cabinets and data processing centers.

 

A recent article published by our represented The IMC Group explains four key environmental parameters to control in order to maximize the life of the systems and optimize their stability.

Temperature

  • It is important to avoid overheating, so if the temperature is not guaranteed passively, you have to control and be able to regulate the ambient temperature of the room.
  • The optimum range to guarantee the reliability of the equipment is normally between 21 and 23 ° C. These temperatures are not only suitable for working but also allow you to react with greater room for maneuver in case of air conditioning failures.
  • The hardware temperature can reach 20 ° C more than the surrounding area. Therefore, the ideal is to measure the temperature in several points of the server room. Gometrics recommends conducting a thermal study with a mapping of the room through which hot spots are identified. This is relevant as it helps eliminate the risk of fire.

 

Humidity

  • High humidity causes condensation in hardware </ em> that can lead to rust and short circuits.
  • Low humidity could lead to the formation of static electricity.
  • It must be ensured that humidity levels are maintained between 45% and 60% relative humidity to achieve safe operation.

 

Water

  • Prevent water and electrical components from mixing inside server rooms, thus avoiding possible flooding.
  • Consider problems such as leaks in pipes, possible infiltrations due to heavy rain, condensation in air conditioning trays.
  • Water detection can be added simply and inexpensively to the environmental monitoring system, providing real-time alerts of possible damage.

 

Airflow

  • The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system must be sized for the amount of heat that is expected to be generated, but must also take into account the possibility of hot spots and consumption spikes.
  • Most devices suck cold air in and let warm air out through the back, so the airflow should be enough to prevent hot air from being sucked in by the next rack </ em> (or rack) of equipment.

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In conclusion, environmental monitoring and control is crucial in a server room. It provides real-time thermal information with alerts to help prevent equipment from falling, identifies areas with excessive heat points, reduces costs and helps avoid any possible fire in the room.

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Good overall environmental control is easily achieved by contracting a first thermal mapping service in the room and then installing a environmental monitoring such as Hanwell’s Synergy .

 

Air quality sensor Climabox

Thermal mapping services Gometrics

 

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