How to Protect Your Server from the Summer Heat

How to Protect Your Server from the Summer Heat

During the "dog days" of summer, most practice owners look for ways to keep their practice's sales and profits hot, while keeping their technology expenses cool.

If proper attention is not given to your server and network equipment during the summer, all that heat outside can actually bring your practice's growth to a grinding halt and increase your IT expenses significantly.

Excess heat can be a big problem for small to mid-sized practice servers.

A server that becomes overheated usually costs more in energy, fails more often and is more likely to crash.

For most practices, a server crash can mean hours or days of downtime, unproductive employees, huge amounts of stress and thousands of dollars in lost opportunity.

7 Steps to Prevent a Heat-Induced Server Crash:

Here are a few simple things you can do to prevent your server and network equipment from overheating and crashing this summer:

  1. Tidy up the server room; a neater room will increase airflow
  2. Keep the doors to the server room closed and seal off the space
  3. Make sure cold air reaches all the equipment
  4. Have a redundant A/C unit that is specifically designed for computers
  5. Buy a rack enclosure where the cooling is built into the bottom of the rack
  6. Keep the temperature at no more than 77 degrees Fahrenheit
  7. Consider virtualization or cloud computing, so you are generating a lower amount of heat.

Don't let the summer heat get you down. Protect your server and computer equipment from frying by scheduling your complementary Network Evaluation.