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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Why Airflow in a Server Room is Important

An organization’s server room is the hub of its electronic communications and repository of its most sensitive data, says MovinCool. The risks associated with balancing cost saving measures with the effective cooling and monitoring of the data center environment can not be overstated. Improperly managing the server room’s airflow and cooling needs could result in extensive data loss, business downtime, and lost revenue.

In managing the data environment, properly planning to dissipate the heat associated with racks of server equipment is of primary concern. The first and most important step towards doing so is maintaining efficient airflow via adequate air conditioning and centralized air systems. The server room should have its own dedicated vents, for both air intake and return. These vents will allow cooled AC air to enter and heated air from constantly running computer equipment to leave. When considering cooling solutions, redundancy is also a key planning point and a back up system, such as a portable air conditioning unit, should be selected.

To measure how efficiently the air flow and cooling of the space is being maintained, automatic temperature and humidity monitoring should be installed in conjunction with the air conditioning systems. As a guideline, the ambient temperature of the server room should not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or rise above 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Indeed, overly cooled air can create additional problems, such as dryness and static that can damage computer equipment.

A properly designed and maintained server room will manage air flow to protect critical data servers.