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  • Essential Tech Check List: Building & Retrofitting Your Server Room

    Whether you're building a server room, adding on, or moving equipment there are many considerations to mull over. From the basics to alarm systems, it is important to ensure your server room is efficient and to protect your mission critical equipment. Previously in our blog, we have addressed the issues surrounding the microclimate present in your server room; however, it is critical to have an understanding of how a server room should be laid-out and managed. Use our check list as a guide for promoting security, efficiency, and productivity:

    Our Essential Tech Check List

    (1) Your Basics of Space

    • -Examine the layout of the space and how many units of space you have to work with.

    • -The walls (including ceiling) and doors should isolate the sounds that your equipment is creating.

    • -Check to see which way the door opens. There should also be no windows or other entry points other than the doors in the room.

    • -Consider the floor and whether your equipment will need raised flooring. Aim for anti-static floor finishing to prevent an unwanted static charge.

    • -Make sure there is enough clearance for racks and that they are stable enough to hold your equipment.

    • -Check for aisle clearance too, make sure your have enough room for exhaust to escape and not over-heat nearby equipment.

    • -Think about whether you need ladder racks, cabinets, shelves, patch panels, or rack mounts.

    • -Take into weight and size of each piece of equipment into consideration when designing the layout.

    (2) Keeping Your Cool

    • -Check and see what type if centralized cooling is available, whether an under the floor air distribution or an air duct system.

    • -If there is no centralized system available, get an air conditioner or cooling unit that is able to keep your equipment working productively while minimizing energy consumption and costs.

    • -If at all possible, fresh air vents are great and save on energy costs and consumption!

    • -Remove any and all radiators or other heating equipment currently present in the room. You don't need to add heat at all!

    • -Monitor your cooling system(s) to make sure it is working properly, especially when no one is there.

    • -Make sure your cooling units are not too close in proximity to your electrical equipment, think condensation and flooding. Do not place air conditioning units over your servers.

    • -Monitor the humidity to prevent static charge and electrical shorts.

    • -See if a chilled water system is in the budget or find something within the budget constraints to ensure that the hot air has somewhere to go.


    (3) Using Your Power

    • -Check to make sure that you have enough outlets to support power to all your equipment and not to overload them.

    • -Get backup power, preferably UPS to prevent data loss from power blinking or outages.

    • -Don't surpass the maximum electrical intensity per unit of space.

    • -Consider shut down capabilities of equipment (SNMP traps for example).

    • -Make sure your equipment is grounded.

    • -Monitor for power outages if you are not using back-up power systems.

    • -Monitor your back up power systems to make sure your mission critical equipment is not failing due to power loss.


    (4) Keeping Secure & Safe

    • -Have at least one phone present in the room in case of emergencies.

    • -Either check for a preexisting fire alarm system and install one if there isn't.

    • -Get a fire suppression system if there is not one there. Take into consideration of whether you will have a wet or dry suppression system and the effects that will have on your equipment. (Halon is a great choice!)

    • -Have reliable contacts to help resolve issues immediately, or form a system of escalation.

    • -Monitor for flooding, especially if this has happened historically in the past.

    • -Secure entrances/exits, this is expensive equipment with critical data, you don't want just anyone in there messing around!


    (5) Other Considerations

    • -Get the best cabling/wiring available within budget constraints. 

    • -Keep extra cabling/wiring around, because you never know when you may need it.

    • -Consider color coding wires/cables, a little more work now but definitely a time-saver in the future!

    • -Think about lighting: location & heat produced.

    • -If there is someone sharing the space, get them some earplugs! It's going to be loud in there with the equipment being used.

    • -Consider networking/phone lines being run in there and how much space you have left after that.

    • -Plan for future expansion or retrofitting (again).

    • -Leave the service loops in the ceilings.

    • -Label outlets.

    • -Get rid of dust, your equipment hates it!

    • -Check if you have a rodent/pest problem.

    • -Cover emergency shutoff switches so that it can't be accidentally triggered.

    • -Try to centralize the room in the building so that you can eliminate having to use more cabling/wiring than you need to.

    • -Meet OSHA and ASHRAE guidelines as well local codes.

    Is your server room or do you know of someone's server room that is not being monitored for temperature? Are you concerned with energy consumption, ability to monitor off-hours, and/or preventing mission critical equipment from failure? If you or know someone who is experiencing such issues, we want to hear form YOU!

    We will be giving away ONE FREE USB DEVICE per month to the server room with the most need! Valued at $129.99,Temperature@lert USB Edition is a low-cost, high-performance device that monitors the ambient temperature in your server room and alerts you via email when the temperature rises or falls outside your acceptable range.

    Please send a brief description, pictures, and/or videos to diane@temperaturealert.com for consideration! Our team will select one winner each month based on description and need, because we firmly believe that companies in every industry 

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  • Tip: The 10 Worst Places for Your Device (Not Your Sensor)

    Often we are approached and asked for recommendations on where your Temperature@lert device can actually be placed. Of course, there are always new and unique ways to use your device via different sensors and enclosures. Being innovative is a trait Temperature@lert prides itself on so we always want to find a way to meet unique user needs. So here's some of the popular ones we've been asked about along with some solutions:

    (1) Chicken Coop
    Growers have to keep their chickens warm during cold days and nights. With factors such as the number of chickens, sunlight, ground heat, and other electrical devices to take into consideration, growers have a lot on their plate. However, chickens tend to peck everything they come into contact with, not to mention the feathers that gravitate towards electrical devices.

    WIFI or Cellular Device + Ruggedized Temperature Sensor + NEMA Enclosure = Prosperous, happy, healthy chickens

    (2) All Animal Barns
    Chickens are smaller than steer and other larger barn animals; therefore, one must take into account whether the animal could stomp our Temperature@lert device into itty bitty pieces.

    WIFI or Cellular Device + Ruggedized Temperature Sensor + NEMA Enclosure (Mounted on a Wall) = Well-maintained large barn animals

    (3) Sauna
    Relaxation is the key purpose of a sauna, but one must maintain it at the perfect temperature, in order to reach maximum relief. The device itself can't be put inside the sauna because at 120°F, lithium ion batteries stop functioning correctly, so keep it outside of your steamy sanctuary. It's hard to be relaxed when you're concerned about fluctuating temperatures!

    WIFI or Cellular Device + Stainless Steel Tip Temperature Sensor = Relaxed body & restful mind knowing your temperature is monitored

    (4) Freezer
    Of course our sensors can go in your freezer or fridge to monitor the temperature. We have standard, stainless steel tip, and extended range sensors for all your different applications. We can make custom lengths so your sensors will be able to reach your device. Just remember that the backup battery for your Cellular device cannot recharge below 23°F, so keep the device away from the cold.

    WIFI or Cellular Device placed outside of the freezer + Stainless Steel Tip Sensor ran inside the Freezer = No frozen device + Well-monitored frozen items

    (5) Refrigerator Truck
    Breaking or even interrupting the Cold Chain is the fear of many suppliers relying on refrigerated-trucks. In order to provide the right storage of everything ranging from agricultural produce to pharmaceuticals, the driver is responsible for properly monitoring the temperature. However, how does one monitor a refrigerated truck cabin without placing the device inside that refrigerated cabin?

    Cellular Device inside Driver's Cabin + Stainless Steel Tip Temperature Sensor ran inside Refrigerated Cabin = Happy trucking + Well monitored goods

    (6) Strapped to a BBQ Smoker
    Smoked meats, cheeses, and whiskey are a summer favorite for many. However, in order to make sure your foods and beverages are smoked properly, monitoring the temperature is essential to making that perfect smokey taste. Whether you're cold smoking, hot smoking, smoke roasting, or smoke baking you would need to monitor the temperature closely so that you can achieve your desired flavor.

    Cellular Device + NEMA Enclosure (to protect the device) + Expanded Range Temperature Sensor = Non-melted device nearby your Smoker of preference (Offset, UDS, Vertical Water, Propane, Smoke Box, or Commercial Smoke House) + Tasty smokey flavor achievement

    (7) Lightning
    As awesome as Sensor Cloud sounds, it does not monitor lightning. None of our products, virtual or physical, should be placed near lightning. Lightning is detrimental to the device and sensor. Especially if it's Cloud-to-Ground Lightning which often results in small fires.

    Keep your device & sensor far away from lightning strikes BUT a Pressure Sensor could help to predict inclement weather (compatible with our Cellular Device)

    (8) Open Fire (Bon Fires & Camp Fires)
    Whenever building a fire for enjoyment or other purposes, one should always visually monitor the fire to make sure that they can handle a fire of that magnitude. Whether you're building a Tipi, Lean-To, or Log Cabin fire your device can still melt or catch on fire if placed in too close of a proximity to the fire. If the flames are anything more than just visibly red (980°F) then your Temperature@lert Expanded Range Temperature Sensor would melt and probably catch on fire.

    Keep your device & sensor far away from fire AND visually monitor the fire

    (9) Incinerator (Thermal Treatments)
    As noted previously, your device can melt and burn. If you thought about the type of damage an open fire could do to your Temperature@lert device, imagine what a waste management thermal treatment plant's incinerator could do to it.

    Keep your device & sensor far away from fire AND keep yourself at a safe distance from the incinerator

    (10) Explosives Chamber
    It's someone's job to have to monitor explosives. Obviously in 99.9% of the cases where an explosion occurs, your device and sensor are destroyed or at least severely damaged. However, monitoring the temperature of such explosive materials is crucial in order for proper storage of such hazardous materials.

    Cellular Device + Certified Spark Proof Temperature Sensor = Effectively monitored explosives (however your device + sensor will not survive through a direct explosion) 

    Innovation is at the heart of Temperature@lert. As you can see, there are multiple uses for our devices in a number of different industries. We hope you continue to challenge us with new uses. Remember, if we don't have something on the website, don't hesitate to contact us for a recommendation (info@temperaturealert.com) because we're always here to help.

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