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Store Server Cabinet in Garage?

Last response: in Systems
April 7, 2009 5:12:35 PM

Hey all,
I'm putting together a few rackmount servers and I purchased a pretty nice server cabinet. Has anyone had any experience with keeping their cabinet in the garage with their servers loaded? I don't foresee having more than 10 servers in it any time soon.

What issues do I need to consider in doing this?

Joe Z
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
April 7, 2009 8:47:10 PM

What temperature and humidity extremes do you have in the garage? What kind of power regulation will you be using?
April 7, 2009 9:22:25 PM

I'm in FL, so temps can probably reach 85-90 in the garage, and high humidity. For now just 110, but eventually I'd get it wired for 220.
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April 8, 2009 10:43:03 PM

Humidity and High Temps are prolly really bad. I'm not an expert on server hardware but that's not good for any pc. Do you have a basement?
April 8, 2009 11:21:43 PM

I wouldn't. Temperature fluctuations are hard on everything, but it is especially bad for hard drives. Also, adequate cooling could be a challenge with those ambient temps.
a c 122 B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2009 10:20:34 AM

Yep. Most garages are not climate controlled. Really bad idea of putting a rack of computer gear in a Florida garage.