Winterizing the Datacenter, But Keep the Heat Off
Wednesday February 4, 2015
HVAC All Year
Even with the frigid winter arriving, our Chicago datacenter must keep the HVAC units in prime working condition. The heat generated by the machines means keeping cool inside the data center is a top priority year round, and special adjustments must be done before seasons start to change. For the winter, all of GigeNET’s HVAC systems are serviced, humidification controls are activated, and everything is double checked to ensure they’re working 100%. Humidification systems are also necessary to offset static electricity and electrostatic discharge from low humidity in the datacenter, which can lead to damaged IT equipment and massive downtime.
Back Up Power
The need for backup power is critical to datacenters to ensure the uptime that our clients require, so prepping the generator before the it gets covered in snow is a must. Our back up generator gets topped off with 2000 gallons of diesel fuel – enough to keep our datacenter powered for over 50 hours with our current load – and we have contracts with 3 separate oil companies with 4 hour Service Level Agreements, regardless of the weather. We add winter additives to improve cold weather start up and prevent the diesel gas from fuel gelling. A full load bank is conducted for 2 hours as well as trials utilizing our automatic transfer switch (ATS). The ATS’s are tested to ensure that the backup generator will perform as expected in the event of a power outage. In addition to the HVAC’s and generators, our UPS, fire suppression, and VEDSA smoke detection systems have all had their preventative maintenance performed.
GigeNET has prepared our Chicago datacenter to meet our clients needs this winter by performing countless environmental adjustments to ensure optimal performance. And just as everyone else begins to settle into the winter, we here at GigeNET are already looking towards making adjustments for the spring.
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