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Old 07-31-2015, 07:29 PM   #1
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Server: cool it or ignore cooling?

DW's design practice has used off the shelf Dell and similar servers that get replaced for capacity and functionality reasons about every 5 years. Connected are ~20 workstations running autocad, rhino, and all of the Adobe graphics stuff. It's time for a new one, and the young IT subcontractor person is adamant about building a "room" and getting ac on it, etc. No past server or any other equipment has had a failure attributable to heat, even though summer room temps sometimes get to mid 90's.

I'm thinking any degradation due to heat can't be a factor as the replacement cycle kills any effect. I know portable ac is available, but don't think it is necessary.

What are your thoughts?

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Old 07-31-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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Here's a link to an article on servers and heat you might find interesting. Too Hot for Humans, But Google Servers Keep Humming | Data Center Knowledge

The gist is that servers are pretty tough and are tolerant of higher temperatures.

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Thanks, MildlyEccentric, if Dell is ok with 115 Deg f, it pretty much clears the road to ignore the heat issue in this case.
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