Practical Options for Deploying Small Server Rooms and Micro Data Centers

Small
server
rooms and branch offices are typically
unorganized, unsecure, hot, unmonitored, and space
constrained. These conditions
can
lead to
system
downtime
or, at the very least, lead to “close calls” that
get management’s attention.
Practical experience with
these problems
reveals a short list of
effective
methods
to improve the availability of IT operations within small
server
rooms and branch offices.
This paper discusses
making realistic
improvements to power, cooling, racks,
physical security,
monitoring, and lighting
. The focus of
this paper is on small
server
rooms and branch offices
with up to 10kW of IT load.