Spring Cleaning Your IT – Server Room Cooling

You may have been thinking about your spring cleaning at home over the past couple of weeks with the change in the seasons. But how many people consider the necessity of spring cleaning their technology?  Making a point of cleaning up your tech and devices every spring is a great way to keep everything running in top shape throughout the year! Today, we’re going to consider the importance of server room cooling. IT equipment is known for running hot, and the more you add to your infrastructure, the greater need there will be for proper cooling. Here are some things to consider as you straighten up your server room and its cooling situation at the office.

Server Room Cooling

Servers are known to run hot, so make sure you’re utilizing proper server room cooling techniques.

Server Room Cooling 101

While IT professionals understand the basics of setting up server rooms with equipment, many don’t understand the basic logistics of ventilating and cooling them. There are, however, a few concepts that everyone should pay attention to.

  • Server Rack Density: Too many servers in a small area will lead to overheating, especially if there are older dedicated servers mixed in with new equipment.
  • Periodically Update Equipment: New equipment will nearly always outperform older equipment in efficiency, so make sure to update your equipment every so often.
  • Proactive Monitoring: Adding a temperature sensor to your uninterruptible power supply can help you consistently monitor the temperature of your server room.
  • Don’t Store Any Items Close to the Rack: It could be a fire safety hazard.
  • Have a Backup Plan: You never know when the air conditioning in your facility may break. Make contingency plans such as opening the windows and doors and utilizing fans to keep the server room cool.

Consolidating Space

Data centers usually end up pumping air through any floor space in an office that isn’t being used. So make sure the size of your floor space is appropriate to your needs. Less open space in your office will mean less space that needs to be cooled, which can cut down on your utilities.

Technological Advances in Cooling

For those that have the budget or necessity to go beyond proper ventilation techniques, you may want to look into other cooling methods that have been developed over the past few years. Liquid cooling can provide a vital way to cool your server systems without consuming too much energy. While this technology still seems to be in its infancy for servers, expect it to continue to develop in the near future.

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM for short) is a way for facilities to continually monitor the performance and temperature of your data systems. By doing this, managers can control how often fans need to run depending on the load being taken up by the servers. So less energy can be used for cooling if the servers aren’t running as hard.

Proper server room cooling practices will lead to greater system efficiency and a more comfortable office environment!

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