Server room equipment environment specs…more info required

Manufacturers of IT equipment usually specify recommended operating temperatures for their equipment. The temperature range is usually quite wide. For instance, the temperature range specified for our Dell servers is 10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F).

Given the wide operating temperature range, why can’t we run our servers at a sizzling 34.9°C?

It is odd that Dell don’t nuance the environmental information they specify. They don’t say what level of system reliability you can expect at a given temperature.

The more information manufacturers provide, the better you will be able to define a suitable temperature for your server room.

Author: Jack Hughes

An experienced software engineer with 20+ years experience writing products for Microsoft Windows based operating systems as well as 12+ years experience hosting websites on Linux and Windows including e-commerce and CMS systems.