Server Room Management 101: Four Things Your Server Room Should Never Have

Posted by Gaw Technology on 8/30/2013

After spending years running a server room, there are some things you learn after taking care of important electronic equipment.  You know that a wall mounted rack can help you save a lot of valuable floor space, and you know the best way to arrange equipment so that they have peak airflow.  Sometimes years of experience won’t help erase some bad habits that some IT managers use to maintain their server rooms.  If you’re in charge of a server room, make sure that you don’t make these mistakes.

Stacked Servers

Some people think that there’s no harm in stacking servers as long as they’re properly secured, but you should avoid stacking servers at all cost.  Stacked servers may leave more open space in your room, but it also puts you at a greater risk for overheating your equipment.  Your servers generate a lot of heat when they’re running, and the last thing they need is to be stacked on top of one another so that heat isn’t properly ventilated.  You also run the risk of having servers topple over if you need to do routine maintenance.  The extra space in the room may seem appealing, but keep you need to keep your servers apart.

Tangled Cables and Wires

If you’re used to working in a tightly packed server room, balls of tangled wires may not seem like that big of a problem to you.  Tangled wires don’t just look bad; they also almost ensure that replacing wires or fixing cables is going to be difficult and time consuming.  If there’s a problem that needs to be corrected in a hurry, tangled cords and cables are just going to slow you down.  It’s also possible that your tangled cords are blocking other essential equipment, and probably pose a tripping hazard to your employees.  Keep your wires neat and untangled from each other; it’ll make fixing things in your room much easier.

Old Out of Use Equipment

Some office buildings can lack extra space, and some server managers keep broken and old equipment in their functioning server rooms because they don’t know where else to put them.  Your company may be a little low on space, but keeping old server equipment in your room will only lead to problems.  Server rooms should be as low on clutter as possible, and the old equipment you keep in your room is taking up extra space.  Whether it’s an entirely new room, a closet, or a shelf, find a place to keep old equipment that won’t be in the way of your servers. 

Dust

When you’re busy managing a room full of servers janitorial duties are probably the last thing on your mind.  Cleaning may seem like the maintenance crew’s job, but if you’re in charge of an IT room it should be your personal duty to ensure that your equipment stays free of dust.  Dust and other particulate matter can cause significant damage to electronic equipment, so cleanliness should be a server room manager’s top priority.  Take time to dust off your equipment and use compressed air to get into your room’s smallest spaces.

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