Author Archives: Rob Roberts

How Will Edge Computing Change Server Room Design?

Edge Computing and Micro Datacentres

The world has an insatiable appetite for data, with over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being generated each day. At the same time speed is paramount. We want access to that data, to be able to store and share it at an ever-faster rate. The days of ‘waiting’ are long gone as we expect IT […]

How to Calculate Server Room Air Conditioner Sizes

Calculating Air Conditioner Sizes

With the UK experiencing one of the hottest summers since 1976 many server room air conditioners and datacentre cooling systems are facing extreme workloads. The issue is not the ambient temperature itself but the length of time that the higher than average temperatures have been around. For future upgrades and new system installations it may […]

Future Proofing Server Rooms For The Internet of Things

Server Room Floor Grid

At Server Room Environments we see a growing importance for on-site server rooms, even with more businesses turning to Cloud based services. What’s driving the demand for on-site IT facilities is the need to prepare for the Internet of Things, Edge Computing and the level of critical infrastructure that organisations will need soon. It’s important […]

Removing, Relocating or Recycling Server Room Systems

Server Room Hardware Relocations

When considering a major server room or data centre refresh, it is important to consider the effect on existing infrastructure systems including: server rack cabinets, uninterruptible power supplies and air conditioning units. These are complex systems whose removal requires consideration of many factors including downtime, risk assessment and methods, logistics, decommissioning and environmental impacts. Planned […]

What Is Your UPS Hardware Refresh Policy?

Modular UPS and Batteries

Technology refreshes provided opportunities to improve several operational performance and service areas within a datacentre and server room. Budgets allowing, progressive organisations have a hardware replacement policy for the major assets they operate. However, this tends to focus on ‘operational’ equipment rather than the hardware that is sometimes considered part of the support infrastructure. Examples […]

How to Select A Single Phase UPS System

Single Phase UPS Systems

In a server room or data centre environment, single phase UPS systems can play a critical role keeping file servers and IT networks running during a power outage. Even when the mains power supply is present a single-phase UPS can provide protection from mains borne power problems. Single Phase UPS System Checklist To make sure […]

How to Cool Your Server Room and Reduce Your Energy Costs

Server Rack Cooling Configuration

Whether your organisation runs a small server closest or large server room or onsite datacentre, ambient and temperature control is critically important to prevent system downtime. The electronics and microprocessors within a server or computer generate heat energy which must be managed in a confined space such as a server rack cabinet, server room and […]

How To Plan An Energy Efficient Server Room

Server Room Air Flow

Through out the UK server rooms and datacentres face unprecedented pressures related to energy usage. The first issue is one of securing a reliable power supply and the second is one of how to use power most efficiently within the computing environment. The UK national grid has traditionally had a high capacity of reserve supply. […]

The Replacement of Server Room Air Conditioners Refrigerants

R22 Refrigerant Timescales

From 2015, it became illegal to use Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including the ozone-depleting refrigerant gas R22, in refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning (AC) systems. R22 was commonly used in cooling systems pre-dating 2004 and its ban has had a major effect on air-conditioning costs. R22 Refrigerant History R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and greenhouse gas […]

The Future of Internet of Things Connected HVAC Systems

Internet of Things Enabled Air Conditioners

The statement that our world is becoming more inter-connected is an understatement when you consider ‘The Internet of Things’ (IoT). In the world of HVAC and cooling systems it is easy to see that air conditioning systems are becoming more intelligent with a greater range of remote communications options which should lead to improvements in […]

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