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The Concerning Environmental Conditions in Your Server Room

Dec 19, 2012

Scorching temperatures, flooding and humid conditions all come together to form the perfect storm. However, this doesn't occur in just nature. This can also occur in your server room! Servers are expensive pieces of equipment and the last thing you want to have is a server meltdown.

Last week we discussed how temperature plays a significant factor in maintaining the lifespan of your server. When monitoring your server room, you need to be aware of the various conditions from temperature to humidity to flooding, the reason being that any of these environmental hazards can seriously damage your servers.

Power outages, air conditioner failures, water leaks or high humidity can cause an array of problems. Together, these conditions can shutdown or even melt server room equipment. Flooding and high humidity can cause electrical shorts as well.

Air conditioners and cooling units are neccesary to prevent your server room temperatures from reaching scorching temperatures. Nevertheless, power failure can happen to anyone. When the power fails, the cooling units stop cooling. Without fully-operational cooling units, server temperatures can reach catastrophic extremes. According to ASHRAE, you have about 15 minutes before a temperature problem arises, mostly due to the high rate of change. In summary, proper cooling systems, air conditioning units, and solid monitoring practices are important for any server room.

Tune in next week to learn more about how to effectively monitor your server room or learn more now from our free E-Book.

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