[TriLUG] OT: Servers in the...
kevin at flanagannc.net
Wed Apr 27 18:12:58 EDT 2005
Servers, heck most computers, don't like too much humidity, or too
little either. I think that un-airconditioned space in NC would suffer
from the former, and the same space in Phoenix would suffer from the latter.
Brian Henning wrote:
> I have no personal experience in this matter, but I can offer some rules
> of thumb about what typical computer equipment doesn't like in its
> - Heat. Enough of it makes components fail, either intermittently or,
> in worst cases, permanently. Don't throw your server in the attic on a
> summer day and expect it to work for long.
> - Extreme cold. Of itself, not a problem generally, but around here it
> combines with humidity to create condensation. Might as well hose the
> bugger down.
> - Large temperature shifts. Not necessarily a problem, but can lead to
> thermodynamic issues involving connectors, particularly card-edge,
> coming un-seated.
> - Dust. Dust contributes a lot to the heat problem by creating an
> insulative layer over everything, preventing effective cooling. Also,
> depending on the environment, dust can contain conductive particles that
> could conceivable wreak electrical havoc in some of the circuitry.
> A basement might not be a bad location; mine is rather cave-like,
> maintaining a nice 65 degrees pretty much year-round without any help
> from air conditioning equipment. Put in a dehumidifier and a good
> filter to keep down moisture and dust, and things could be peachy.
> An attic would certainly mean curtains for all but the hardiest of gear,
> and insure flaky, erratic performance.
> Tommy Williams wrote:
>> I was wondering if anyone has successfully moved server machines to an
>> un-conditioned portion of their dwelling. Also what (if any) problems
>> have arisen from this, or what type of preparatory work I should
>> expect to perform.
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