The organization and structure of the IT room is a big contributor to the health of a network.
Here are the Server Room considerations that are top-of mind with DTEL Team/
1. Organized Cabling
The organization of cabling from each piece of equipment is really important from a troubleshooting perspective. It’s almost impossible to fix, disconnect or test things if the cabling is not organized.
Another thing that makes troubleshooting simpler is the labeling of all servers, firewalls, switches, routers, modems and other network and security equipment as well as ports on the patch panels. t.
3. Appropriate shelving for equipment
Whether from a recent pipe burst, hurricane, sprinklers or air conditioning unit, flooding is a possibility. When server or network equipment is placed on the floor, it will obviously be damaged by water. Battery backups should also be placed on a shelf and not on the floor, since they can short circuit and damage equipment as well.
4. Grounding and battery backup
Proper grounding is important for safety of personnel and equipment and for maintaining the integrity of electronic signals. Battery backup is essential to avoid network interruptions due to power fluctuations. Rack mount battery backups are preferable to floor mounted battery backups due to safety issues It is important to properly size battery backups according to manufacturer recommendations and an independent electrical circuit for each individual battery backup.
5. Photo Documentation of the Server Room (with all labeling)
Photo documentation of the layout of a server can be very valuable for providing remote tech support and insurance purposes. In the event that you have to file a claim, photo documentation can offer quick proof that all protective measures were taken from a security and hazard perspective. e
The server room should be no more than 70 degrees. If it is not possible with normal building AC system ,a split AC system or a separate dedicated cooling unit for the room may be used. This helps ensure that the equipment can stay cool, since most network equipment (like a car) can run very warm. This allows it to operate efficiently and increases the life of the equipment.
7. Physical Security
In addition to protecting a server room from itself, you have to protect it from unauthorized access. Regardless of which security featured system in the building, it should have a separate key or coded entry to eliminate unauthorized access. From inspection vendors to well-meaning employees that are trying to “troubleshoot” the network – any of these people can accidentally take the network down.
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