On Thursday 27th April – Mercury power responding to a fire caused by local electrical contractors at our clients offices in tel a Viv mobilised a team within 8 hours to site. within 12 hours we had the Comms room powered back up, within 24 hours we had a fibre and 30 copper Cat6a links in place to the floor above and within 48 hours 27 desks on floor above with UPS backed power, data and security in place – very happy customer!

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In recent times, fibre optic has become the most inherent part of any data communication due to its capability of high speed data transfer and improved data reliability. With it, data is transmitted at the speed of light. In addition, it has an extra benefit of not being responsible to electrical interference. Therefore, you can use it in any given case. As light tolerates extremely little resistance, experts can run fibre-optic cable over highly long distances without the need to strengthen or filter the signal. According to a study, some signals are being transmitted for over 5,000 miles before they get processed.  Another plus point with fibre optic installation is speed. Data can be transferred at speed of more than 10 GB per second. And even at the speed, signal quality remains much better than any other medium. Comparing fibre-optic cabling with coaxial cabling is much like setting difference between digital information and antilog data. However, when it comes to fibre optic installation, cost remains a major factor. Though you can expect to get a lot of money, this kind of cabling tends to be highly expensive. In present situation, fibre-optic cable has been used primarily for linking network components, conducting short runs, and connecting floors & building; it isn’t typically used for end-to-end network wiring. As fibre optics is becoming more and more popular, the cost of fibre-optic cable and associated components must go down. Until that situation, it is advised to compare various types of cables before arriving at any decisions. There are various service providers in the region those provide satisfactory and effective fibre optic installation services in a remarkable way. And to get the best results, a thorough comparison is the key.

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How to design a server room – A server room is the physical space that houses all the data running through the computer network of a business or organization. Most Information Technology professionals spend a lot of their time there, troubleshooting server or network issues and performing routine maintenance. Putting together a safe and accessible data center for the storing of technology and files is essential in creating a hub for IT infrastructure and operations. Design a server room that is safe, spacious and computer friendly for the entire IT team.

 

How to design a server room

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1. Determine the appropriate room size.

Physical space needs must be decided before any further details are incorporated into the server room. There needs to be enough room for the servers, wires, cables, and other necessary equipment. Data should be kept away from an exterior wall, if possible.

2. Set up hardware for storage.

For space maximization, utilize cabinets and shelving to store the physical machinery and other computer inventory in the server room. Telco racks are popular in many operational spaces, and a single rack can hold hundreds of 1U high servers and blade servers.

3. Keep the room cool

A proper server room needs to stay cool and dry to keep all of the equipment from overheating. One option is to install a raised floor to distribute cooling. Another option is to use in-row cooling units, which do not require a raised floor and move the compressor to the roof. You may want a ceiling that is at least 12 to 18 feet (3.7 to 5.5 m) high. Keep a thermometer in the room to ensure the temperature is moderate. A dehumidifier may be necessary if the room gets too humid.

4. Make space for cables

A server room should have enough space under the floor to run electrical cables. Have an electrician install power whips from 1 central electrical panel. This cuts down on the electrical services being routed to each individual fixture.

5. Develop security procedures

The server room should be restricted to only the people who need to go there to do work. Keep it locked, or install a handprint or fingerprint recognition system. A secure server room is essential for data protection.

6. Allow for monitoring

The server room should be monitored around the clock. All activity coming over the network servers should be scanned for abnormalities. Software exists to allow for notifications to pagers, or cell phones and emails if the monitoring reveals anything alarming.

Original Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Design-a-Server-Room

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Mercury Power SOS Box

Mercury team have completed the first batch of Battery SOS boxes for shipment to sites globally for a major media company. These boxes will keep spare UPS batteries fully charged, remotely managed ensuring the site always have batteries ready to swap out in the event of a UPS battery bloc failure on site.

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