Changes in Climate Warrants Need for Environmental Controls

A server room is a critical part of any business’s infrastructure. Equipment in server rooms is responsible for an organization’s ability to operate smoothly on a daily basis. Any negative impact to a server room can result in downtime that can have both long-term and short-term effects. Those effects can range from direct loss of revenue to decreased customer satisfaction and damaged reputation. According to CNN, "The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts a 60% chance for an above-normal season, predicting that there is a 70% chance of having 13 to 20 named storms, of which six to 10 could develop into hurricanes, including three to five major hurricanes (Categories 3-5)." These predictions warrant having environmental controls in place more so than ever before. In addition, the unprecedented extreme heat can increase the risk of other types of disasters. 

Server rooms are extremely important. They house an organization’s power source which include servers and other various associated components. Because of their critical roles within an organization, server rooms need to get lots of TLC. Servers can produce a lot of heat and when they become overheated, can begin to perform poorly. In worse case scenarios when server nodes around the CPU reach temperatures around 85-90°F and remain at that temperature for several minutes, you run the risk of potentially blowing the CPU. In most cases if this occurs nothing is salvageable, and your organization may be at a loss of a very important piece of equipment that may serve critical business operations.

There is also the risk of a potential fire outbreak that can spread to the entire building. Because of this hazardous potential, server rooms must be kept cool. This is why it is crucial to regulate the temperature of server rooms and ensure they remain at an ideal temperature.

Keeping the temperature of your servers cool is ideal not just for optimal function but optimal durability as well. Server rooms require a constant source of cool air to combat the heat generated by densely populated server racks. Even a brief cooling outage can result in rapidly rising temperatures, eventually leading to downtime and even data loss. But lowering temperatures for server rooms can have a major effect on an IT department’s budget. Many organizations face the challenges of keeping their server room cool while trying not to break the bank. Large companies such as IBM, Google and Facebook have opted to relocate some of their data centers to naturally cooler locations in order to use the outside air to cool their equipment hence having less of an impact to their budgets.

Most small and medium businesses do not have the budget luxury to up and move entire data centers to a new state or country with cold air. But one of the main ways to ensure server rooms are at optimal temperatures is to have a server room environmental monitoring device in place. This type of monitoring allows IT departments to monitor temperatures, humidity and environmental conditions that threaten the reliability of server room equipment. Being alerted of change in temperatures allows the IT managers to act quickly to resolve the issue. 

Over the past couple of years, the size and strength of storms have increased greatly. Heat can exacerbate drought, and hot dry conditions can in turn create wildfire conditions. Environmental threats such as flooding, and wind damage can have major impacts on mission-critical systems. In addition to tracking temperatures, a monitoring system will also allow IT departments to be on call and ready to handle a problem if one arises in adverse weather conditions. 

Floods can have a major impact on computer equipment. A flood, broken pipe, etc. can take out your servers in a flash. No one wants to lose critical information or experience downtime. But sometimes some events are beyond the control of mankind. Having important measures in place to safeguard your server room can help protect your organization from some of these dangers and mitigate some potential loss. AaSys works with several environmental control solutions and can help you find the right fit for your organizations need. Ask your Account Executive for details today!