There are many pieces of hardware and machinery in a data center that make up the moving parts necessary to protect critical information. If working in a colocation situation, it’s essential to ensure the facility is committed to tracking all environmental variables for each piece of equipment. Proper use of environmental monitoring tools will allow the data center provider to see which system uses which resources, which in turn positions the facility for optimal use. When considering how to improve your data center climate control measures, consider these environmental factors.
Gauging temperature control within the data center is crucial. It isn’t enough to simply rely on the room temperature of your data center. Air conditioner compensation for an overheating piece of machinery could be too slow to affect the machinery. Optimal temperature monitoring typically includes several temperature sensors located on the top, bottom, and middle of the racks. Air conditioning intake and discharge vents should measure heat generation and output and cooling efficiency.
If temperature controls are being monitored, one will hope that humidity wouldn’t become an issue. However, due to the potentially damaging effects of moisture on electronics, it’s essential to monitor humidity. High humidity may result in equipment corrosion, while low humidity may result in a buildup of static electricity. Sensors should be deployed at strategic locations both inside and outside of the rack. Static electric sensor equipment should be placed at regular intervals throughout the data center.
Proper airflow within the data center is closely tied to the air conditioning system. Maintaining airflow will work in conjunction with temperature and humidity control. Airflow recommendations depend on the size of the facility. It’s crucial to regulate airflow through and external to the racks and air conditioner intake and discharge. Air pressure discrepancies may result in hot and cold aisle partition leaks and will destabilize temperature and humidity. Electronic cabinets and enclosures from AMCO Enclosures are fine-tuned for temperature control, airflow, and ease of use. Contact their sales team today.
The air conditioning should also be equipped with sensors to monitor moisture conditions. Air with too much humidity has the potential to condense into liquid water that will pose a heightened risk to systems and equipment.
Smoke and Fire Suppression
Smoke and fire suppression systems are standard in most facilities, and data centers are no different. In a data center, the alarms should be tied to a technical team and first responders to attend to critical equipment. It’s essential to test fire and smoke sensors regularly as they often sit idle for extended periods.
When considering how to improve your data center climate control measures, selecting a data center with rigid climate controls is essential to ensure that all equipment within the facility is protected and that specific steps are being always taken to protect data.