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With Melbourne’s hot weather extending even into autumn, and with increases in weather events potentially causing power blackouts this article is worth a read at any time of the year.

  • How to protect your IT equipment from heat
  • How to protect your IT equipment from power failures.

With all the hot weather Melbourne has been having over the past couple of weeks, there is potential for heat-related damage to hardware, particularly for on-site servers. The heat brings other problems, too, such as failures in our power grid.

Power failures disrupt work; while power surges can lead to premature hardware failures and brownouts can damage power supply components and trigger computer re-booting.

Protecting your IT equipment from heat

If you don’t have a dedicated server room cooling system, consider keeping your office air conditioning on tonight. The money you spend on the electricity bill might be worth the savings on equipment replacement costs and downtime.

You could also use some of these strategies for keeping the server (and your office) cool:

  1. If your lighting is not low-heat; consider turning the lights off.
  2. Let hot air escape by leaving the server room door open.
  3. Use extra fans to cool your equipment if your air-conditioning is struggling.
  4. Don’t underestimate the power of passive cooling! Close the blinds on your way out today.

Protecting your IT equipment from power failure

A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) provides surge protection and backup power from a few minutes to up to an hour or more, depending on the size of the UPS unit. In the case of an outage it affords you the time to shut your server down properly, so that there’s no permanent damage done to the hardware or data.

Unfortunately, power disruptions aren’t restricted to business hours and the odds are that it will happen when there’s nobody in the office to manage shutdowns. An effective UPS will cover you at all hours.

You can read more information on UPSs here.

This article first appeared in Proactive IT Solutions Insights on 29 January 2019

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