How To Set Up a Server Room
Utilising specific design features ensures mission-critical computer systems can operate securely and safely. Fire suppression systems, environmental controls, and cooling systems all contribute to the smooth running of a server room. If you’re not sure what features your server room needs, a professional can advise you on the systems required. IT support, both in-house and outsourced IT companies, spend much of their time and resources troubleshooting computer system issues in a server room.
While regular maintenance will help prevent issues and allow engineers to fix problems before they escalate. Installing an effective design will prevent many IT issues from occurring. There is no such thing as the same server room installation. With each construction project, there will be different requirements, objectives, and challenges. The best approach to the design and installation of your server room will be bespoke to your company.
However, there are common factors across all projects which ensure a server room is not only fit for purpose but optimised to a business’s requirements.
The Perfect Server Room Setup
Server rooms generate a lot of heat due to the amount of computer equipment they store. Without cooling systems and an effective airflow plan, this can cause systems to overheat, which could lead to damaged cooling equipment, servers and lost data. Airflow planning ensures systems are not overcrowded and have sufficient space to operate without overheating. The right well-designed server rack and air conditioners contribute to an effective airflow plan.
To understand the efficiency of your server room, you must have systems that allow your staff to monitor its performance. Whether this is the temperature of the room, how much data is stored, or the humidity inside the room, understanding how your server room equipment is operating is essential. Environmental Monitoring Systems (EMS) should operate 24/7, 365 days a year. Monitoring EMS values ensures staff can spot potential issues faster and establish that all systems are working to capacity.
Equipment in a server room needs cables to connect it to power sources and relevant systems. When installing a server room, expert attention to how these cables are stored and managed is crucial. Cables need to be protected from becoming damaged, stored away from where people walk so they don’t become a hazard, and installed in the correct way to ensure they’re energy-efficient.
Fire Suppression System
Fire suppression systems release a concentration of gas to extinguish electrical fires. Removing the oxygen inside the room will extinguish the fire and reduce the risks associated with a server room fire. A fire could lead to data losses, damage to IT systems, and potentially injury to staff. Combustible materials such as wiring, cables, and UPS systems can cause extreme damage if they come into contact with fire. This is why an effective fire suppression system is an essential aspect of a server room.
Energy management is essential for any organisation with a server room. An energy-efficient server room is cost-effective and reduces the energy consumption of all the equipment that stores data. However, it’s not only the computer networking systems that should be energy efficient. Cooling, fire suppression, and uninterruptible power supply systems need to use less power while still being optimised to fulfil their requirements.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
A server room needs to function effectively 24/7 to keep your organisation’s data stored securely. It's vital your server room utilises an UPS system to avoid power outages. This is a backup power supply that activates in the event of a power failure. Without a UPS, the servers and network are at risk of data corruption and damage to the equipment. This system will feed into the power distribution unit (PDU) and act as a temporary solution while your engineers fix the wider issue.
Regular Server Room Maintenance
Once a server room has been installed, it must be regularly maintained. Server room maintenance ensures every aspect of the room is operating to maximum efficiency. This can be achieved successfully using preventative maintenance, which finds small issues before they escalate into large-scale costly problems.
Infiniti IT Server Room Installation
We’re experts at server room installation and strive to deliver excellent customer service that focuses on the details of your project. Our team has over 25 years of experience installing server rooms for a range of organisations, which is why we install designs bespoke to your requirements. Contact us today and find out how we can help you on your next server room project.