Network infrastructure is very delicate designed process. The working of the whole process depends on the design of the system. Often in the network system, the server cooling is overlooked. Server cooling is very important for the network to work properly. IT- managers should look upon the temperature control of servers. To prevent all the accidents concerned and cooling failures, it is very important to know how to handle server cooling failure. A good IT-manager should know how to deal with server failures because it can save a lot of money of a business organization.

How much sever cooling is sufficient

To deal with server cooling failures, you should know what is the correct amount of cooling to save your server from any accident?  One should also be aware about how the cooling works in servers.  It is a simple physics theory that cooling is directly proportional to the heat generated by electric equipments. Power consumption is related to the number of amperes drawn by the equipments. More the amps generated more the cooling required. You can easily calculate the power consumption and based on that you will know the cooling required. A simple CPU server generates 1 amp or 120 watt power. Now multiply power requirement by 3.4 BTU/watt to calculate the power requirement. Based on this theory, you can say if a server is drawing 120 watts then it will require 408 BTU/watt cooling. We recommend you to hire a specialist or HVAC engineer to know how much and which type of cooling is required.

Simple methods to deal with server cooling failures

It is very important to take quick and right decisions when server cooling failure occurs. To prevent further problems and longer productivity of server you have to move in right direction.  We try to give you right guidelines to prevent server cooling failures.

The first step is to call your HVAC engineer or maintenance people. They are like first aids for your sever and you should also ready with detailed description of problems. Be ready with vehicles because if they need any spare parts then every second counts!

You should aware of the impacts of failures and how long your server last after the failure. Be ready with the service level agreements of your cooling environment. You can also take the service of spot coolers. They are expensive and good for short term cooling.

When critical temperature reached, try to shut-off all non essential servers. Development servers are not necessary when production takes place and you can also open windows and doors to cool the environment.

Now last but not the least make sure you’re ready with all backups ahead of time.

The best way to prevent server cooling failure is to design for future and always ready with backups plans.