In today’s fast-growing technological world, the server room/ data center is considered the backbone of daily organizational operations. Server room hosts their databases, network systems, servers, backup hardware and in some large companies, even the communication system is installed as well. All these devices are constantly operating and produce a great amount of heat for which state of the art cooling systems are installed to keep the steady room temperature in order to ensure the proper function of the server room devices.
In the worst case when cooling system of the server room fails, it could be very costly for the organization if not fixed with in time and it can result in damaging of the hardware installed or even the loss of their precious data. Now when the server room cooling failure occurs there is need to take decisive and swift action.
The right actions in this regard will help the organization keep running longer and also to avoid any further serious failures. In this article, below are few helpful tips that will keep the IT administrators out of a bind if the entire cooling system has a failure.
Call A Professional To Fix
The first and most important step is to know about your maintenance team. The first call you will make should be to your HVAC engineer at C&S AC Services. Make sure to explain the problem in detail so that all necessary (or possible) parts and tools will be brought along for all possible scenarios and causes.
Understand And Anticipate Critical Temperature Values
You should be familiar with the duration for which server room devices will last before the room temperature reaches its critical values. Perform a heat stress test on your current environment in order to understand and anticipate the time for which your server will last before the critical value of operating temperature.
Time To Arrange Portable Cooling System
If you are left with only few hours before the critical values are reached, get ready to make use of your portable cooling system if you own one or make arrangements for renting. These financial sacrifices will save you from costly consequences if you can’t get the temperature back down before the data cooling system technician arrives.
Turn Off Unnecessary Hardware
Some types of servers, like development servers or test servers, consume more power and thus produce more heat. Such servers are not required to run during production and can be turned off to reduce heat production. Any other servers or systems that are not important should be shut off to minimize heat production.
Make Arrangements For An Large Fan
If server room temperature rises, approaching critical temperature values, open the doors to the server room and windows, if there are any. Use (by renting or from your company supplies) any kind of fan to help pull the hot air out of the room. The best way to do this is to face the fan in the doorway, facing out so that it is sucking the warm air from behind it and blowing it out of the room.
Backups And Plan B
Last but not the least, when dealing with cooling system failure in your data room or server room is to make sure that you have your backups prepared and maintained ahead of the time. When these backup systems are set up in advance, it will help you to successfully deal with cooling issues without losing any data or downtime.