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Leak threatens server room
Leak threatens server room
rntTechRepublic members share photos of their wiring closets, server racks, and network operations centers.
rnt”Oh, how I wish this were a joke photo, but it is actually is our server room,” one TechRepublic member wrote. “We recently installed the leak diverter kit after the first rain of this year found its way to a sweet spot directly over the servers’ keyboard. I’m hoping to win a little notoriety from Tech Republic to help me persuade the bosses that this equipment, which runs our whole business, needs to be relocated or significantly better protected!”
rntFor more member-submitted server rooms, check out our first Server room showcase gallery.
Telephone center and Internet connection
New data center with Dell racks (1 of 3)
rnt”We just built a new data center in the spring of 2005″ another TechRepublic member told us. “We bought a building and renovated it. It already had a raised floor computer room complete with a Liebert Air Conditioning system, a Liebert 35KVA UPS and a Kohler 35KVA diesel generator. We have a dozen Dell servers from PowerEdge 1750’s up through PowerEdge 6650’s and various flavors in between all running either Windows 2000 or 2003 Server.”
New data center with Dell racks (2 of 3)
rnt”We have a Mac Server for our Graphics and Publications department running OS X Tiger,” the TechRepublic member continued. “We have an IBM AIX Server running a special application that is only available on AIX/Unix. We have a 4 terabyte Xiotech Magnitude 3D Storage Area Network and our storage requirements grow by just over a terabyte per year currently. We have a Dell LTO-2 Tape Backup with a 24 cartridge carousel as well as a single drive LTO-1 unit that we back up the Mac Server on. We use Veritas BackupExec and Retrospect as our backup software. There are approximately 100 Dell Optiplex workstations of various vintages connected along with a handful of Mac G4’s and G5’s.”
New data center with Dell racks (3 of 3)
rnt”This center rack is our network rack and the color coding we used for the patch cables,” the TechRepublic member recalled. “Red patch cables are normal Windows workstations and servers, green are Mac workstations and servers, blue are routers and yellow are patches between the switches.”
Server and phone room chaos (1 of 2)
rnt”The building did the wiring,” this TechRepublic member wrote. “The phone jacks for our fax machines are also buried in this mess. We got stuck with a used cabinet and one half of a cubicle for our server room. As you can imagine we have a lot of fun troubleshooting when something goes down.”
Server and phone room chaos (2 of 2)
rnt”The phone room is also a joy to work with,” the TechRepublic member continued.
Servers and wiring closet (1 of 2)
Servers and wiring closet (2 of 2)
Cluttered server room and wiring rack (1 of 2)
rnt”This is a client’s server room,” another TechRepublic member told us.
Cluttered server room and wiring rack (2 of 2)
More of the same client’s mess.
Mix of old and new servers
rnt”He’s a picture of my server room,” this TechRepublic member wrote. “We have some really old Compaq servers still running next to the new Dell ones!”
Home office server room
rntThis server room belong to another TechRepublic member. “Besides the safe,” the member wrote, “I have 3 servers & 7 PCs currently testing development software. They are all connected to a cable modem—router—16 port switch—wireless acc point—print servers, all connected to various RJ-45 switches. All this fitting into a spare bedroom while I await new office space.”
Server room move (1 of 5)
rnt”These pictures detail a move from our old building to the new high rise,” a TechRepublic member told us. “We put in new racks and a decent cable management system to replace the “table mounted” switch/router configuration at the old space.”
Server room move (2 of 5)
Server room move (3 of 5)
Server room move (4 of 5)
Server room move (5 of 5)
“This picture shows a good rack gone bad,” a TechRepublic member wrote. “We actually paid somebody to do this work.”