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How is fire spread in server rooms and datacenters?

Every now and then I read that a severe fire has happened in some datacenter, lots of equipment has been damaged and customers have gone offline. Now I wonder what is there to support and spread fire? ...
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What's the standard for server closet HVAC?

My organization is in the process of looking for new space in Manhattan. We have 25 employees and are looking at offices that are around 7,000 sq. ft. I don't anticipate us ever needing more than a ...
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Do all the servers in a server room function as one server?

In a server room..do all the servers function as one server? Is it like a bunch of computers doing the same think (like a cluster supercomputer) and how do they communicate with each other? I have ...
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Cooling for a small server room

I have a server room about 12 feet square with an unfinished ceiling (exposed ducts and wiring). It houses a few servers (about ten, 1U and 2U) and some networking gear (four 1U switches, three ...
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Server Room Protocols/Server Room Management

I'm new to this site but have found the articles and feedback very useful. We have a Server Room which our Organisation owns and controls, yet there are several thirs party companies that have open ...
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Portable server room air-con options [closed]

We are looking for portable industrial air conditioners for our server room which whould blow hot air to the ceiling cavity, split-system is not an option. Something exactly like this would be ideal, ...
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Data Center Design and Preferences

When either selecting a data center as a co-location facility or designing a new one from scratch, what would your ideal specification be? Fundamentally, diversified power sources, multiple ISPs, ...
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Cabling: What to keep in stock?

I have worked a few different places, each one with a different solution, so I would like to hear your suggestions and ideas. I am looking at a situation with multiple server-rooms. We have a mixture ...
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Should I consider running servers under a UPS that can not fulfill the estimated VA?

I currently have a 2200 VA UPS unit (APC Smart-UPS 2200XL) in my rack and may need a 3000 VA unit to be able to load additional servers. Under my assessment, based upon whitepapers for each server, ...
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Rack layout tools [closed]

I'm wondering if there's any tools (preferably offline) that would allow me to layout all of the new equipment that will be going into several standard racks. Currently I'm using Excel to map out all ...
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Heat shrink cat5 cable labels

I'm looking for some feedback from someone who has used heat-shrink labels for cable management/identification in a server room environment. Specifically, I'm looking at the Brady IDXPERT printer ...
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The Truth - Server Inventory And More [closed]

All IT shops that reach a certain number of servers have some of form of inventory. In web operations , but not limited to, there is some incarnation of the Truth concept - a comprehensive database ...
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Solution for TC / server closet in TIGHT area?

A non-profit volunteer organization that I do some admin work for is in the process of planning a major renovation to their building, which is more or less a converted house (no basement, uninsulated ...
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Downsizing From a Cage to Racks

When moving from a cage to racks at a datacenter, what is some equipment I might need. I have already thought about pull-out monitor/keyboard and IP KVMs. What else might I need? Also, how do you ...
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What network equipment do I need for a small quarter-bay server farm?

I've just bought four servers, rented a quarter of server bay, bought some Internet connectivity, bought a specialized line to a private network I'm using, and now I need to buy a router (or two?) to ...
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Server room door security

I wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations as to how to keep the server room secure from employees. There is a lock on the door, however, anybody with a building master (maintenance, owners, ...
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Best labeler for the server room?

Right now, I've got a Brother P-touch labeler that prints four or five sizes of text on one long label. It has features such as italics and bold. It's...non-ideal. What do you use in your server ...
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Data center equipment vendors? [closed]

I'm wondering where people purchase their data center / server room components from. In particular, I'm looking to install an Emergency Power Off switch in our server room and have been looking for a ...
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Server Room Physical Size and Layout [closed]

I’ve read the “perfect server room” answers and a few other similar questions' answers, but I didn’t see any really good answers on how much physical space is the right amount. Do you keep your racks ...
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Advice on moving a machine room to a new location?

Our company is moving to new offices in a couple of months, and I am responsible for looking after the move of the development servers in the company. most of the dev equipment is in 5, 42U cabinets + ...
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Where to locate power outlets on server rack?

I'm building a new server room, and have to decide where I'll be locating the power outlets (120V 30AMP locking connectors) that my UPSs will be powered from. In the past I've put the outlets on the ...
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Strange bipping sound in Server room! [closed]

I have since yesterday a weird "bip" every minute in the server room. It comes from the unit, where 2 servers, one switch and a router are installed. Can anyone help me with this? I'm working in an ...
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How do I calculate cooling cost per server?

I'm attempting to figure out the power/cooling draw for some old servers that I'd virtualized. Starting with info in this question, I've taken the 880W the old boxes appeared to be drawing (according ...
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Monitoring server room temperature

I have a small server room with its own AC unit. Recently, the AC died, and the temperature increased from 70 F to > 90 F. We rarely go in this room, so I was lucky that someone happened to notice ...
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Cleaning Dusty Servers

Long story short, my server room is a bit ... dirty. Just had a little construction done, and there is pretty nice layer of dust on a few systems. From my knowledge, I can either: Use an Anti-...
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What's the best fire suppression for a server room? [closed]

What is the state of the art in fire suppression for server rooms? What are the top priorities in choosing a good system?
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How do you compute the AC capacity needed for a server room?

We've got a small server room ( approximately 600 square feet in area ), and three partially-filled racks of servers, switches, et cetera. What's the best-practice way of computing the AC capacity ...
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Desert Island Tools? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Server room survival kit? If you could pick five commands/tools to have with you to admin a system, what would they be?
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What is the correct temperature for a server room?

When I was working in our server room, I noticed that it was very cold. I know that the server room has to be cold to offset the heat of the servers, but perhaps it is TOO cold. What is an ...
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How to separate the display and peripherals from the actual computer?

I am trying to see if its possible to toss all the computers in the server room and just run cables out of it. The end goal is you just sit down at your desk and all you have is a display and ...
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Do you work in your server room? [closed]

I once had a job offer from a company that wanted my workstation to be in the AC controlled, noisy server room with no natural light. I'm not sure what their motivation was. Possibly it made sense to ...
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Ideal humidity for a server room?

Most equipment is rated for a wide range of humidity (5 to 95% non-condensing, for instance). However, what is the ideal humidity? Higher humidity carries heat away from equipment a little better, ...
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Reasons to not allow people into the server room

I have worked at a few hosting companies and seen two schools of thought on this Do not allow customers into the server room. The argument is basically it raises security (this news story is ...
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Server room survival kit?

Trips to the server room can mean extended periods away from the comforts of home, or at least your desk. Especially if it is an off-site hosting facility. What should you take with you, apart from a ...
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How can you predict the amount of cooling needed for a particular piece of equipment?

Every summer we have to shut down some equipment due to a combination of outside temperature and high load. The air conditioners just can't keep up. As we cycle in new equipment and cycle out old, ...
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Controlling heat in the server room

Regarding keeping a server room cool: on the low end, there's box fans. On the high end, there are architectural changes to the building. What are some practical ways to keep the room cool without ...
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Noisy server rooms

Are everyone else's server rooms noisy? Do you have continuous sound metering, do you put meters in from time to time, or do you just put up with it? Does anyone wear ear protectors in a server room?...
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The perfect server room?

What do I have to consider when I'm planning a new server room for a small company (30 PCs, 5 servers, a couple of switches, routers, UPS...)? What are the most important aspects in order to protect ...