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How To Ensure The Heat Doesn’t Fry Your Server (And Your Profits!)

With the “dog days” of summer upon us, most business owners are looking for ways to keep their company’s sales and profits HOT, while keeping their IT expenses COOL. But if proper attention is not given to your server and network equipment during the summer, all that heat outside can actually bring your company’s growth to a grinding halt and increase your IT expenses significantly.

Excess heat can be a big problem for small to mid-sized business servers, since a server that becomes overheated usually costs more in energy, fails more often and is more likely to crash. For most companies, a server crash can mean hours or days of downtime, unproductive employees, HUGE amounts of stress and thousands of dollars in lost opportunity.

7 Steps Every Business Owner Must Take To Prevent a Heat-Induced Server Crash

Here are a few simple things you can do to prevent your server and network equipment from overheating and crashing this summer:

  1. Tidy up the server room; a neater room will increase airflow.
  2. Keep the doors to the server room closed and seal off the space.
  3. Make sure cold air reaches all the equipment.
  4. Have a redundant A/C unit that is specifically designed for computers.
  5. Buy a rack enclosure where the cooling is built into the bottom of the rack
  6. Keep the temperature at no more than 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Consider virtualization or cloud computing so that you are generating a lower amount of heat in the first place.

Don’t let the summer heat get you down. Protect your server and computer equipment from frying with our FREE “Beat The Heat” Audit. To schedule your “Beat The Heat” Audit today, give us a call at 716-373-4467 or visit www.databranch.com/heat. Offer Expires 8/31/15.

 

We’ve made it to the middle of summer and as the temperature rises we have been emphasizing to clients the importance of maintaining a proper environment for their servers and other critical network equipment. The optimal temperature for a server room is between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit. The maximum recommended temperature is 80 degrees and the lowest recommended temperature is 50 degrees.

Airflow around servers and network equipment is critical to extending the life of your equipment and maintaining a high performance quality. Without proper airflow, temperatures can rise surrounding the equipment even when the room temperature is within the optimal range. For personal computing devices, we recommend keeping devices out of direct sunlight and tell our clients to avoid taking their mobile devices outside when the temperature is over ninety degrees or above eighty percent humidity.

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