19 Jun When it’s HOT !
Hardware is not a fan of hot weather, the temperatures that are acceptable on Desktops, Laptops and Servers can be above 38 Deg C, however, it is not a good place to be.
We had a call out for a Server that wouldn’t power up this morning, it was very possibly heat related as the unit was in a cupboard and was full of dust from some recent electrical work in the same cupboard, lots of drilling and no dust collection!
It’s always a good idea to keep servers in the coolest place in your office (assuming that you haven’t got a dedicated room with security and air conditioning) so in order to be cool, try and keep them away from windows, out of direct sunlight and where there is a good air flow.
The cupboard under the stairs can be a very hot place when there is no air circulation and I have seen many systems that are putting out alarms because of internal heat because they are in cupboards, under stairs or have been used as a handy place to pile papers, magazines and general office rubbish!
We only think about being too hot ourselves when we get a mini heatwave, but get that office thermometer that’s used to tell you when it is far too hot to work and sit in near your server for 24 hours and see how hot it is, if you are above 30 Deg C then have a look now at how you can help it to survive the hot spell!