It may not be just your staff overheating!

By Guy Brook|21st July 2016

Heatwave servers and computers

As we seem to be enjoying the hot weather for a change, think about your poor server stuck indoors and possibly overheating.

Many modern servers have in-built temperature sensors. If these sensors detect they are getting too hot, often just above 30 Degrees C, they will shut the server down to protect the delicate components and your company’s data. Some will notify you just before they shut down.

Older servers will most likely not have temperature sensors and the first notice you will have is when they fail, possibly also causing a fire hazard, and your staff notice they can’t access their files.

How can you help?

  • Check the air conditioning is on and working, ideally set between 18-20 degrees C.
  • Make sure the server is in a well ventilated room.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning or the space to have a separate server room, ensure that area around the server is clear to maximise airflow.
  • Ensure your backups are working in case the server does fail.