New server room design

We are moving to a new building and I need to come up with a “design” for a new server room. We have two racks of servers (each about 1/2 full), and two racks of networking and phone gear. We will be implementing a hot/cold isle system. I have also sized the AC requirements, which looks to be about 2.5 tons. Of course anti-static flooring, dust filtration, and fire control need to be addressed. What else should I be considering? What should I avoid?

Thanks, Chris.

What should I avoid?

Locating it in a room next to or under a kitchen or toilet.

Chris sounds like they ‘said’:
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What else should I be considering?[/color]

Emergency power (generator, etc)


Stevo

Need a Soda Machine and Snack Machine in there for those long nights.

On 2/17/2012 3:48 PM, Chris wrote:[color=blue]

We are moving to a new building and I need to come up with a “design”
for a new server room. We have two racks of servers (each about 1/2
full), and two racks of networking and phone gear. We will be
implementing a hot/cold isle system. I have also sized the AC
requirements, which looks to be about 2.5 tons. Of course anti-static
flooring, dust filtration, and fire control need to be addressed. What
else should I be considering? What should I avoid?
Thanks, Chris.[/color]


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Eating and drinking is prohibited within 3 meters of our MER and I’ve
yelled at people who thought they could put their coffee cups on our
expensive new HP switches :wink:


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On 20/02/2012 09:16, bpenris wrote:[color=blue]

Eating and drinking is prohibited within 3 meters of our MER and I’ve
yelled at people who thought they could put their coffee cups on our
expensive new HP switches ;)[/color]

If you have the flexibility - consider putting one KVM point for the
systems in an adjoining (lockable) office with a small fridge, and not
cooled like the server room. Most modern KVMs can have a second
controller point, and its desirable to have somewhere you can work
comfortably for hours (and lets face facts here, a well cooled server
room is good for a couple of hours at best before you start getting
stiff shoulder and neck muscles, particularly if you are having to work
a typical “waist height” kvm during the process.

If you are planning a san with an attached backup solution, consider
putting it and its robot in the same room too (so the tape monkeys don’t
need to enter the “real” server room to do their job).

On 20/02/2012 10:03, Dave Howe wrote:[color=blue]

If you are planning a san with an attached backup solution, consider
putting it and its robot in the same room too (so the tape monkeys don’t
need to enter the “real” server room to do their job).[/color]
Oh - by “it” I mean the backup solution, not the SAN :slight_smile:

On 17/02/2012 21:22, GofBorg wrote:[color=blue][color=green]

What should I avoid?[/color]

Locating it in a room next to or under a kitchen or toilet.[/color]

Or under the surrounding waterline, especially if your building is
alongside a river, etc.

HTH.

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On 17/02/2012 21:50, craig wilson wrote:
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Need a Soda Machine and Snack Machine in there for those long nights.[/color]

You thinking of Novell’s SuperLab? If so, you also forgot the sofas!

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On 20/02/2012 10:12, Simon Flood wrote:[color=blue]

On 17/02/2012 21:22, GofBorg wrote:[color=green][color=darkred]

What should I avoid?[/color]

Locating it in a room next to or under a kitchen or toilet.[/color]

Or under the surrounding waterline, especially if your building is
alongside a river, etc.[/color]

Or similarly - in a basement under “vents” that the local drunks THINK
are toilets…

Chris <cmosentine@N0_5pam.vrapc.com> wrote in news:4F3E76C1.CE15.0032.1@N0_
5pam.vrapc.com:
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What should I avoid?[/color]

An air vent right above the servers that somehow connects to the over
flowing sinks 3 floors up on a Sunday. Plastic board does wonders; light,
stiff and guides water away. I would think about lids. Look up; who
would?


Ciao, Dave

This is a big Thank You for all the great input.

Chris;2176471 Wrote:[color=blue]

What else should I be considering?[/color]

Diverse cable routes. I always fit 2 patch panels running down either
side of the cabinet and then out via different routes to the switch
cabinet that way if someone drops a floor tile on a cable run it isn’t
going to take the cluster or teamed pair out.

Regards.

Mark.


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On Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:48:18 +0000, Chris wrote:
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We are moving to a new building and I need to come up with a “design”
for a new server room. We have two racks of servers (each about 1/2
full), and two racks of networking and phone gear. We will be
implementing a hot/cold isle system. I have also sized the AC
requirements, which looks to be about 2.5 tons. Of course anti-static
flooring, dust filtration, and fire control need to be addressed. What
else should I be considering? What should I avoid?
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I found some pictures that might be helpful:
https://www.google.com/search?q=sunroom
+ideas&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ktxCT-
SzHc3TiAKrvPiGAQ&ved=0CHgQsAQ&biw=1680&bih=852

Chris wrote:
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What should I avoid?
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You should definitely avoid situations like these: :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANU-oSE5_hU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M_QTBENR1Q


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Don’t have the server room on the top floor of the building or the basement.

“Chris” <cmosentine@N0_5pam.vrapc.com> wrote in message
news:4F3E76C1.CE15.0032.1@N0_5pam.vrapc.com…
We are moving to a new building and I need to come up with a “design” for a
new server room. We have two racks of servers (each about 1/2 full), and
two racks of networking and phone gear. We will be implementing a hot/cold
isle system. I have also sized the AC requirements, which looks to be about
2.5 tons. Of course anti-static flooring, dust filtration, and fire control
need to be addressed. What else should I be considering? What should I
avoid?

Thanks, Chris.