What not to do in a server room
by Bill Detwiler | September 17, 2010, 1:59pm PDT | Image 1 of 13
Some server rooms are nothing but living examples of bad planning and worse execution. Dare I say, viewing some are even trips to the legendary 11th level of Hades itself (it's where the Apple Netwon and Microsoft BOB are). We now embark on an adventure to one such server room. If you dare?
Submitted by Joshua Hoskins
Server rails are a great thing. They allow you easy access to your server for any needed hardware maintenance. What could be better than a nice rail kit you ask? Why stacking your servers directly on top of each other!
Image the surprise and fun you'll have when you slide out a server to add a stick of RAM only to have two other servers topple out on top of you! Boy, will there be egg on your face then, when a simple RAM upgrade turns into a two server replacement.
Stacked Servers - Image 1 of 13
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Now wait a minute - I really have to say something here...
My point being most all companies try to get by with what they've already purchased and just "deal" with it until the emergency arises.
Other than that the photos are funny and I love reading Bill's articles - thanks!
Mine aren't connected.
Water from the gods... Or code requirement for every single room?
Even if you have the most expensive awesome FM-200 fire suppression system you still have to have the sprinkler pipe in the room.
It's possible to use a dry pipe pre-action style system in the room, but if you break a head your going to set off an alarm and ruin your day, just not your equipment.
The only think you can really do, is recess the sprinkler heads, if allowed by code, or put cages around the sprinkler head to prevent accidental discharge.
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