The importance of the server room can be judged from the fact that server room is known as heart of any IT company.
From database management to query handling and many more things are managed through servers, every company now-a-days uses server. Because of that much use of servers, every company have server room in their campus.
Talking about server room, only few people knew the importance it. Server room is not a normal room . Its requirements are more than other rooms. Maximum people think that server is just like other rooms with large area and more fans. But, they are wrong, apart from space and cooling requirement, server requires many other features like proper design, proper place for different equipment, fire protection, security procedures.
Designing a proper server room requires one to take care of many things. One should take care of all the points that we will discuss in following section when he/she develop his/her plan. It removes lot of headache.
While designing a server room, the following points are important to remember:-
Decide Your Equipments Firs:- You should decide first which equipments you are going to use. This helps in calculating your current space requirement.
Place racks and other things according to your requirement. This also helps in calculating your power requirements. If one knows his/her power requirements then he/she can plan UPS requirement, which is very helpful.
Cooling Requirement :-You must decide your cooling requirements as every equipment will generate heat . You must also take care of the procedures for cases like when your cooling equipments are not properly working. You can also use floor cooling techniques, in this you have to raise the floor. Up-flow air conditioning and Down-flow air conditioning are some of the commonly used.
Requirement and placing of cable:- You cable requirement will vary according to your equipment selection . The main point that all must remember is placing the cable. As, in server room too many wires are used and for different purposes and of different length. If wires are not properly placed then they can cover large area of room floor which is not good for safety and also act as hurdle in work. In maximum cases, cables are under the floor but if you are using floor cooling , then you must not place the cables underground.
Fire Prevention Methods :- You should always need to consider some fire prevention methods for your server room. The main point here is to remember is that, one should select those methods which don’t use water. As water can destroy your server, you should always use some dry solution.
Future Requirements:-Requirements and devices are constantly changing. So, you should keep in mind that also. For this, you must add some extra things in your current calculation according to your future requirement.