Server rooms are relatively large and complex – one that is important to get right to ensure they deliver value by functioning as expected.
Often, what many people refer to as a ‘server room’ or ‘data centre’ is actually a ‘hub room’ containing a few racks of routers and servers to distribute data from remote servers.
But technically speaking, only a room with a large number of racks or a multi-room facility dedicated to such equipment can be considered a data centre.
In this document, what we refer to as a ‘server room’ is the equivalent of a ‘small data centre’ common to many types of office. It contains a relatively modest number of racks and equipment.
The purpose of the Data Center and Server Room Standards is to describe the minimum requirements for designing, installing, securing, monitoring, maintaining, protecting, and decommissioning a data center or server room
Server Room Standards
Following these standards will help to ensure that critical computational resources are maintained in an environment that protects them both during normal operation, as well as in the event of power failures, fires, floods, and other emergency conditions.
When site preparation requirements for a computer/server room are prepared, it is important to understand the infrastructure to be installed and the physical environment in which it will operate. The followings are to be considered for site selection:
Some More Necessities
General Space Characteristics
Computer equipment is operated in an environment of controlled temperature and relative humidity. The air-conditioning system in the computer room must be able to control the temperature and relative humidity within the specific ranges automatically and independently.
Basic Requirements - An independent air-conditioning system with full backup are required. Spare capacity of 50% is recommended for anticipated expansion. Power source of the system should be separated from those for computer equipment and connected to emergency power supply. The system can be either water-cooled or air cooled depending on the equipment specifications.
Alarms and Security