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General Chat Thread, Server room temperature in General; Originally Posted by Anglo_Jaxon When our server room hit "40" 2 years ago I threatened to switch off the server ...
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    Re: Server room temperature

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo_Jaxon
    When our server room hit "40" 2 years ago I threatened to switch off the server and switches.

    I was given a room fan... and asked "will this help?"

    Our air con is now set to 18 ish

    J
    I would have said yes, can you turn around and bend over a tick :twisted:

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    Re: Server room temperature

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C
    By increasing to temperature to 20-22 or so, you won't affect the workings of your servers, but the AC will be working far less hard, and you'll save the penguins too!
    I am not sure I would want to only be within two degrees of the battery limits, on the other hand if you turn of the AC in my room at the moment it slams the temp up at 10c every 15 mins - so its a moot point.

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    Re: Server room temperature

    I have one at 22 and one at 18, can force the new one down to 15 with an over-ride option, but it will only run at 15c for 2hrs then reset to 21c once its defrosted.

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    Re: Server room temperature

    We have one big unit it can sustain 16 degrees indefinately I usually see how long my tech can handle it before he has to turn it up lol in the summer its a godsend though as the servers would be molten pools of metal. We are south facing so it gets incredibly hot. Usually have it between 21 -22.

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    we have 2 units, 1 as a backup but both set at 23/24 and running all the time

    bit high i hear you say, well if temp gets lower then 22 our old Dell server locks up and needs a hard reset: bit like me really :P

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    Re: Server room temperature

    Its interesting listening to the people here... its seems that most people sit in the same room as their servers.... hmm think ill make a poll unless it can be added to the main page?

    fooby

    p.s we live next door to our servers in a seperate office.

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    Re: Server room temperature

    I'm presuming you're getting the aircon in order to keep the room below the warranty temperature of your servers, so any temperature which achieves that is fine - there is no "right" answer (as you can see from the ranges already quoted, and I've worked places which are even colder - 13C, brr!!). Remember that it is hotter inside your racks than it is by the aircon's thermostat, so chuck a thermometer in the hottest part of the room, and then use that as your guide - set the aircon to whatever temperature maintains that thermometer at a suitable temperature.

    Bear in mind that, while it is nice to keep it a lovely 17C, the person who pays your electricity bill might think otherwise (as might the planet).

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    Re: Server room temperature

    Our server room is kept at about 22 degrees. When we move out of the server room and in to our office soon i will nock the air con down as low as it will go - probably 19-20. Cool integrated circuits = reliable integrated circuits!

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    Re: Server room temperature

    As with most of you i live in the server office along with the Head of ICT. We have a little portable unit runs 24/7 and is set to it's lowest of 17c... current room temp is 23.1c and the rack temp is a toasty 27.1c. When it gets above 32 i turn the entire system off, although even that has failed to get a decent unit installed.

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    Re: Server room temperature

    We never had any cooling on our severs for many years. The last couple of years temperatures in the room in summer have often hit 40-42deg C. Some servers have been shutting down as they were too hot. Bless them.

    Last year we were finally allowed to get air conditioning in the room. Prevention being better than cure does not work here - we had to have shutdowns / switchoffs to prove there was a heat problem before air con stopped getting scrubbed from the budget!

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    Re: Server room temperature

    We Need a cooling system badly our 7 servers currently reach a warm 45 deg C and its not in the full swing of summer yet. Our reciliant servers have not given up the ghost yet. Hopefully they are still working by time we get air conditioning should be getting that in 2 years maximum. I hope its sooner than that, dont want the new dell server to be a waste of money already had tasks fail because of the warmth in the server room.

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    Re: Server room temperature

    best thing to do with air con is get 2 units that are between 80 and 90% (individually) capable of cooling the room and the servers and run them both at around 20c your servers will have no problems. My biggest bugbear is when people have air con on in room but leave windows and doors open... are they idiots

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    Re: Server room temperature

    We are finally getting air con, it should be here on Wednesday.

    Can't wait, we have a south facing office so its boiling all the time.

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    Re: Server room temperature

    adding the problem of heat generated by servers, pcs and network devices, we have a "small" problem with the heating system so some parts of the school are very hot, so you imagine the servers room, we just were allowed one portable unit but it cannot cope, temperature is around 33 degrees...

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    Re: Server room temperature

    Insulation works in both directions. Insulate your 'cold' server room against your 'hot' school.

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