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Tips For Avoiding Humidity-Related Server Damage

Published by Jason Koffler on 18 June 2014

While most servers will support non-operating humidity in the range of 90%, actual operating tolerances are quite a bit lower. And while humidity in the air isn’t necessarily a problem, “condensing humidity”, which is water vapor that turns to actual water droplets, can short out a server as quickly as if you had squirted it with a water hose.

Humidity conditions are directly related to the temperature in the server room. Water vapor begins to condense once the ambient temperature reaches the “dew point”. Because temperatures can vary widely during the day and night, your computer room’s dew point changes regularly. This means that you can go from normal operations, to “meltdown” in a matter of minutes.

That’s why it’s important to have a 24/7 humidity monitoring and reporting system running in your NOC.

While some high-end servers come with built-in humidity monitoring ports, they are not very common in the average machine. And even if you do have the port built in, the chances are that your monitoring and reporting software is rather primitive.

Best practices dictate that you should not only monitor humidity readings, but that you be able to mitigate the problem whether your network center is staffed at the time or not.

One of the easiest ways to ensure that condensing humidity does not take your network down is to install a humidity monitoring device and pair it up with the current generation of monitoring and reporting tools.

That’s the kind of protection that professional network managers establish to raise their visibility among their organizations’ C-Level executives, and that’s the kind of protection that you get when you install the Humidity Monitoring hardware/software package offered by our sales team.

When the monitoring system detects humidity levels that are above your pre-defined tolerances, it transmits an alarm to multiple people via telephone, SMS/Pager services, E-Mail, MS-Messenger, and even a network-based pop-up.

Even better, the system can be set to execute any program, including initiating an orderly server shutdown, if needed. It can even be configured to perform an HTTP Get, with pre-defined parameters, to allow integration with any of your web services.

You only need to successfully avoid one humidity event to pay for this easily-installed system. Get your sensor now.

Posted by Jason Koffler 18/06/2014