Dealing with a server room cooling crisis

The biggest nightmare for anyone operating a data center is a failure of the server room air conditioner. All server room environments will have some form of redundancy, but even if you test the infrastructure for failure, there is a high chance that both the primary and the secondary systems will fail.

A computer room air conditioner is a piece of mechanical equipment and anything mechanical, however well-built, is in danger of failure. The best course of action is to prepare all the information you need emergency cooling.

The most basic information you will need are the dimensions of the room. No need for exact measurements, most server rooms have floor tiles that you can use to approximate the size. Note the potential locations for portable a/c units. MovinCool.com haas units that fit in even the smallest of spaces.

Next, you will need a list of all the equipment in the room, including servers, switches, routers, and UPS units. Make a separate list of equipment that you can shut down during an emergency, which will save on the amount of emergency cooling.

Note the amount of power you can supply to an emergency cooling unit. Industrial cooling requires a lot more power than domestic devices. If the power levels are not adequate to run proper portable a/c units, then upgrade the circuits as quickly as possible.

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Using a portable air conditioner in a server room

Written by MovinCool.com

Server rooms are part of almost every mid-sized organization. They vary from a small closet sized space to large office rooms. Often, most organization do not have the luxury of setting up a fully equipped server room air conditioner with climate control and raised floors, especially in a rented space. Most of the server rooms these organizations use are built for human occupation and do not have the cooling that a few racks of servers need. Here are several reasons why a portable air conditioning unit is perfect for a situation like this:

Portable air conditioners can be used around the clock without asking the building owners to run the central plant overnight. This saves the cost of running the building cooling system around-the-clock.

Rather than cool the entire room focused cooling by positioning portable units strategically allows cooling without any additional wastage. Again, it offers economic advantages to running a large computer room air conditioner for hours.

You may provision additional servers at any time without worrying about additional heat load. All you need is another portable unit positioned correctly to offset the new equipment.

There is also the option of relocating the server room without much notice. In the event of a change of location, there is no big operation required to move the servers and other equipment to another site.

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Different uses for portable air conditioning

Written by Movincool

Portable air conditioners are self-contained units that are quick to set up and install. They can be used for events or emergencies. Anywhere that requires some form of spot cooling. Here are a few examples of different use cases:

Outdoor events

Outdoor events like weddings and concerts are perfect uses for a spot cooler. Outdoor wedding marquees can be cooled on hot summer days and opened out in the evening. Concert and event back-end equipment and crews will need cooling while the event is run. Even what people assume to be impossible to cool events can usually be covered using one or many portable air conditioners.

Server rooms

These installations can be permanent or temporary for emergencies. Some server room designs are based on enclosed clusters of racks facing each other. These enclosures are perfect for portable air conditioners. In other designs, a portable unit can be brought in when there is a failure of the central air conditioner and system uptime has to be maintained. There have been times when multiple portable units have been used to cool an entire server farm while the main unit is under maintenance.

Workshops

Another good use case is for cooling industrial workplaces. Factories and other facilities sometimes cannot afford to cool an entire structure. In those cases, portable cooling can be used to cool areas where staff will be concentrated. This allows economical cooling while maintaining the high productivity levels that come with cooler workspaces.

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The items you will need for a connected home

Article written by My system journal

The smart home, or what can be more accurately described as a connected home is the next big thing coming out of Silicon Valley. Setting up your own smart home is not very difficult. There are many competing brands and standards, but for the most part, they are somewhat interoperable. Here is everything you will need for a connected home:

The first and primary device will be a hub, it could the Smart Things hub by Samsung or the Amazon Echo, either way a single point of control will be needed. For items that do not have compatibility look for IFTTT support to bridge the gap.

The next item will be a light bulb. There are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth bulbs that can be controlled by the hub. Alternatively, there are remote controlled switches that do not require connected bulbs. It is also more cost effective.

The next two items will be for security. The two are a connected front door lock and a bunch of door/window sensors. Use the sensors to check any windows or sliding windows for when they open and close. The front door lock will allow you to enter your home with a code or from the app and record the coming and going.

For enhanced security, setup cameras around the house. The cameras can be triggered on any activity picked up with the door/window sensors. Motion sensors, remote plug controls, IR controllers, Thermostats and smoke detectors are just a few more parts of your home that you can bring online.

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List of gadgets for your home

Article written by Integral Storage

Thanks to improvements in home networking, internet connectivity and smartphone proliferation, there are more and more gadgets that are specific for homes launching every year. Here is a look at three growing categories and what they can do:

Voice Assistants

This market was pioneered by Amazon with its Echo speaker/assistant powered by Alexa. Google is now getting into the market with its soon to be launched Google Home device. Both are controlled by voice and can do everything from control your lights, setting reminders to playing music. You can also ask general knowledge questions and get answers.

AV

Chromecasts and devices like the Apple TV allow the user to send video from the smartphone directly to the TV. You can even send the song you are listening to directly to a Chromecast Audio device or capable speaker. The advantage here is that selection is done on the phone but after it is cast, or air-played, the other device then takes over showing it on the TV.

Audio

For multi-room audio, the main company in this market is Sonos. Although not cheap, the speakers produce high-quality audio and can be controlled independently or in groups. Google’s Chromecast Audio also has multi-room capability but so far has not added the ability to group different rooms for audio or volume control.

These are just three of the many categories of devices that can be used to make your home connected.

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Gadgets to Keep the Home Safe

Article written by The Software Complex

For anyone who owns a home, the number one thought that runs through their mind is whether or not they are safe on a daily basis. This desire to be safe is one of the most basic needs that to be met in order for someone to be happy. That is why it is so important for homeowners to take their safety into their own hands and keep different gadgets around the home that ensure their valuables will be kept safe. Here are a few options that can help.

One of the easiest way to keep items safe from burglars is to simply buy a safe. Many people have expensive jewelry sitting around their homes, so the first thing they should do is purchase a nice jewelry safe. This ensures that their valuable gold and diamonds will not be stolen even in the event of a break in.

In addition to this, it’s important to have a general burglary safe to store money, expensive electronics, guns, passports, and anything else that someone may want to steal. Once they are locked away inside that safe, there is no burglar in the world that can steal it as long as they don’t have access to the key code or key.

If purchasing a new safe is out of the budget, there are many stores that have used safes for sale at reasonable prices. It can’t hurt to check out some second hand stores and pawn shops to see if there are any good deals around. As long as it is in working order, there is no reason why a used safe won’t get the job done. Any protection is better than none at all.


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