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Setting up a server requires proper planning and design. The most important factor to consider is redundancy. The server room infrastructure design should include redundancy at every level in order to avoid a single point of failure. When setting up a server room, here are the most basic requirements:
Racks – Server room equipment requires racks for mounting. There are several types of racks but the two most popular types are four post and full cabinet racks. The full cabinet variety comes with front and rear doors along with side panels. The four post racks are simple four-post open enclosures. Even vertical servers have rack kit options for mounting. Power from the UPS is distributed on the rack using multiple PDUs.
AC – Air conditioning is essential for all server rooms. The amount of cooling required will depend on the thermal load of the equipment in the server room. The larger the room, the more options there are in terms of air conditioning. The most common server room A/C is the HVAC.
Power – Consult professional electrical engineers on what sort of power requirements are needed. Often, existing power infrastructure will need to be tested in order to determine power quality.
UPS – In addition to the above, UPS power will need to be provided for the servers. The most basic setup is to utilize equipment with dual power supplies. One power supply is from the central UPS and the second is supplied from a rack based UPS or raw power.
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