Computer components generate heat - sometimes a lot of heat. When your equipment overheats it actually can increase the chance of a system shutdown, component failure. Long term heat issues will even cause damage to your hardware. Here are some best practices for keeping your expensive technology cool. We've warn clients about heat problems and in occasionally we've witnessed server drives fail as a result of long term high temperatures. Keeping business-critical systems happy and cool is important.
Keeping room for air flow around desktops and servers is important. You will want to give your hardware several inches of space around the air vents on the sides, front, and back. Keeping vents clear is crucial when it comes to the stability and longevity of a server or desktop. Air typically gets sucked in through the front and expelled out the back in order to cool the extremely hot components inside; when positioning several machines in a small area you will want to make sure they are facing the same way for the best airflow.
Server racks let you mount your servers vertically, saving space and promoting good airflow. Some racks even have built-in cooling systems. One important piece of advice for server racks: if there are empty areas on the rack (where additional servers would go) cover them up with blanking panels. This will make airflow more efficient.
Dust, hair, carpet fibers, and other gunk can clog up fans, insulate electronics, and cause all sorts of issue for your hardware. Keeping the area around your mission-critical equipment is very important, and having a technician dust out servers every few months will improve the lifespan of your hardware.
Keeping the plethora of wires and cables behind your servers organized is a pretty big task, but it will help keep things clean and improve airflow. This clears up a major eyesore as well, and can also generally shorten any physical maintenance that needs to be done because everything is neat and tidy.
You may notice your server room (or closet) is pretty stuffy. If so, you may want to ensure that the room itself has proper airflow and if your building uses air conditioning, the cool air vents into your server room. For larger operations with multiple servers, you may want to consider specialized A/C units designed for server rooms. While this is no small investment, neither was the technology you are trying to take care of.
If you don't have a lot of space but need to expand your IT infrastructure and get more servers, consider virtualization technologies, which allow you to run multiple server environments on a single server machine, saving resources, electricity, and also generating less heat and as a result, less cooling requirements.Does your server room feel hot and stuffy? It's time to clean up and future-proof your IT infrastructure. Contact BrightWire Networks at 360-528-6017 to talk about ways to improve the longevity and stability of your existing IT!
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