Temperature and Environmental Monitoring of a Server Room

Table of Contents

Introduction
Environmental Monitoring and Control
     Temperature
     Humidity
     Water
     Airflow
Conclusion

Environmental monitoring and control

Introduction

Generally, viruses, Spyware and Network threats receive most of the attention when it comes to server protection. However, environmental conditions within a server room can also lead to significant damage when not monitored and controlled.

Environmental Monitoring and Control

The following environmental parameters will have to be optimized in order to maximize equipment lifespan and stability:

Temperature

Regulate the server room temperature in order to avoid overheating. The optimum range for equipment reliability is usually between 21 to 23 °C. These temperatures are comfortable and allow time to fix any essential repairs or install a temporary cooling situation in case of cooling or air conditioning failures.

The temperature within rack-mounted hardware can reach up to 20 °C greater than the surrounding area. Thus, it is best to measure temperatures at different points around the server room. Temperature alerts will allow users to identify hot spots which assist in eliminating the risk of fires.

Humidity

High humidity leads to condensation within hardware resulting in rust and short circuits and low-humidity could lead to the formation of static electricity. RH safe operation can be achieved by guaranteeing humidity levels are maintained between 45% and 60%.

Water

It is a known fact that water and electrical components do not mix, however, flooding is sometimes possible within server rooms. Possible heavy rain ingress, leaks from pipes as well as air conditioning trays are all considered to be issues that need to be taken into account.

Water ingress can cost-effectively and simply be added to the environmental monitoring system offering real-time alerts of potential damage.

Airflow

Calculating the airflow requirements for a server room can be complex. Heating, air conditioning (HVAC) and ventilation equipment needs to be a high capacity for the amount of heat users expect to generate, but users also need to consider the layout of equipment and the possibility of hot spots. Most devices draw cold air in at the front and discharge hot air at the back, thus airflow needs to be sufficient in order to prevent warmed air from being drawn in to the next equipment rack.

Environmental monitoring and control is thus crucial in a server room. It provides managers with real-time information along with alerts in order to help prevent loss of equipment, eradicate specific hot spot areas, decrease costs and in an extreme case avoid any costly room fires.

Conclusion

All of the above can thus provide total environmental control and is effortlessly achieved using IMC environmental monitoring equipment.

Hanwell

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Hanwell.

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