A new white paper from APC by Schneider Electric discusses practical options for deploying IT equipment in small server rooms and branch offices. The paper discusses making realistic improvements to small facilities' power, cooling, rack, physical security, monitoring, and lighting systems. The document's focus is on small server rooms and branch offices with up to 10kW of IT load.
The paper's premise is as follows: Small server rooms and branch offices are typically unorganized, unsecure, hot, unmonitored, and space constrained. These conditions can result in system downtime or, at the very least, can lead to “close calls” that get management’s attention. Practical experience with these problems reveals a short list of effective methods to improve the availability of IT operations within small server rooms and branch offices.