IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Sep 24 2009   7:03PM GMT

Hardware Protection… Dust, Temperature, and Humidity – Oh My! – Part II

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Climatically, strategizing optimum environmental conditions for information assets is a managerial safeguarding responsibility. Environmental conditions such as heat production, airflow, and humidity are factors that should be considered during IT site preparation as well as operational sustainability. Concerning heat production, equipment utilizing energy releases thermal units that can substantially increase ambient temperature. Air movement must be enabled or temperature and humidity will normally escalate within an unregulated confined space. When ambient temperature is at the manufacturer’s recommended level, there usually is adequate cool air flow for minimizing IT availability risks.

Low humidity can generate static electricity, causing shocks, electrical malfunctions, paper jams, and recording media errors. In too dry a climatic, dust can accumulate on system boards; where the first components typically effected are the central processing unit modules, thus potentially causing system reliability problems that translate to IT availability issues.

View Part I of the Hardware Protection… Dust, Temperature, and Humidity – Oh My! series here

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