Re: Computer Room Design

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Colin B., May 10, 2004.

  1. Colin B.

    Colin B. Guest

    Jim Watt <_way> wrote:
    > On Thu, 11 Mar 2004 16:05:53 GMT, "Colin B."
    > <> wrote:
    >>The day that you posted your first message to this thread, the
    >> link failed repeatedly. It seems OK now though.

    > The hosting is currently contracted out to Fasthosts who assure
    > me they have all the things they should to ensure 24x7 operation.
    > I'm not currently monitoring the uptime, but will start doing that.

    I would. I recall the error message as something like "Network Bios
    connection time exceeded." That might help pinpoint the problem.

    > Thats a modern server room, the population is different to the
    > classic 'computer room' although the design requirments are
    > similar. Flooring, cooling, electrical, lighting fire supression
    > and physical security. Issues of floor loading have got easier.

    Interesting. How do you figure that floor loading has gotten easier?

    > I doubt anyone is foolish enough to run an AS/400 model 70 !

    Hmm. I've no idea what the AS/400 we have downstairs here is, but it's
    about twice the size of the old disk drives with the removable 8-platter

    > These days we Europeans use different units. Your computer room
    > might crash on Mars if you get that mixed up.

    Heh. Not to worry, I use the same units as Europe. It's only those
    crazies to the south who still use non-metric units.

    > I've specified quite a few, and managed the fitting out, the last had
    > five racks of Sun servers, Linux boxes, and a storage array. Also
    > recently one that only has one small PC in it, but two racks of other
    > stuff that runs 24x7 in a mission critical role in a purpose built
    > building. Getting it right involves talking to the architects, giving
    > specifications to the M&E engineers, and being on top of the
    > project to ensure its actually done right. None of that can be
    > done either for free, or on a newsgroup.

    You don't specify what sort of Sun servers, but I'm getting the feeling
    that these are the small-medium servers (i.e. pizza boxes to 4U, 4CPU
    systems). As such, it seems to me that resources would be allocated and
    configured similarly to small rackable PCs.

    >>> The only good advice is to pay someone competent to do the job.

    >>And how do you determine the competency of someone? Asking on usenet
    >>seems a good place to _start_. So does reading a book on the subject.

    > Very easy, take up references with previous clients.
    Colin B., May 10, 2004
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