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Monday, 6 July 2015

Member Blog: 53° in the office?

By Craig Robinson - Director, Cloud 53

So it seems we are approaching the time of year when things warm up which is great news if you’re not at work or maybe work in state of the art offices with air-con (that works), however it’s not necessarily good news for servers, network kit and the like in areas without dedicated air conditioning.

Typically once we hit real summer there is a rise in server and network failures as this kit is still in the small room or cupboard that it is all year round but with an added 10°C or 15°C to work in. The kit still produces the same heat itself, but the heat isn’t dispelled as well as it is in the cooler months. Often this means that a router or some other network kit fails first as often this is situated above the servers and of course heat rises. Without am ambient temperature being maintained then due to any additional heat, the servers have to work harder, spinning the cooling fans more to try and combat the heat being produced by the disks and the CPUs. It’s a vicious circle until either the room cools or a component fails unfortunately.

Remember in the summer months to keep an eye on temperatures in these areas and allow extra ventilation / aircon if you can. 

An average server generates 1360btu/hour which is about the same as a small radiator.
It is recommended that server rooms maintain a temperature of between 18°C and 24°C.
Typically the server CPUs will run at around 45°C however anything past 60°C for long periods can be dangerous and result in failures.
Disks are more likely to fail the older they are and as such temperature changes may contribute to these disks failing sooner.
Humidity is just as important to IT kit as temperature.

The obvious solution is to look at hosting your servers externally – why not get in touch with Cloud53 to discuss? Apart from taking the worry away it should also reduce your on-going costs!
10% discount for all Chamber members on Cloud53 services.

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