You’ve evaluated RFQs, compared RFPs, met with vendors and hammered out a deal. You’re finally ready to move out of your old, 2+ PUE enterprise data center into a newer, more efficient colocation facility. All you need to do is rack and stack the servers, patch them in and let the efficiency magically happen, right? Not exactly.
Before you power up the hardware, you need to make sure that the cool air can flow as it should, which will maximize server uptime, extend asset life and meet the conditions spelled out in the SLA. That means paying attention to some basic details, starting at the bottom of the rack, while keeping in mind that almost all IT equipment pulls in cool supply air from the front.
Your SLA likely says that the colocation facility will provide air to your IT equipment at the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) recommended range of 64.4°F to 80.6°F (18°C to 27°C). SLAs are contracts, with both parties agreeing to some responsibility. A colocation provider should provide an ideal environment for your IT equipment, but ultimately you will need to properly install that equipment to help achieve those conditions, both for your servers’ performance and to be a “good neighbor.” After all, if the shoe was on the other foot, with the neighboring cage forcing the temperature above the SLA standard, you wouldn’t want to pay the price for their poor air flow management.
You’ve put a lot of time and thought into your choice of colocation provider. Now that you’ve made that decision, don’t forget the basics when move-in day comes. You, your provider and your neighbors will all reap the benefits – 100% uptime, easier scale-up and lower costs. In addition, these basic steps will lower energy usage and make a greener contribution.
Vice President of Technical Operations
Matthew is VP of Technical Operations, managing complex deployments and providing guidance on power and cooling to help customers meet business needs.Read more from this author