In this area, it is not about the fancy wallpaper, decorative items or furnishing you have in your server room, it is about making the server room interior design functional and operation for your IT team or outsourced professionals. Though there may not a protocol or guideline for a server room interior design, here are some best practices which your commercial design consultant can adopt in the design.
1) The Location
As there may be times when your IT team require moving of heavy bulky server equipments, therefore allocate a location for the server room which may not obstruct the movement of your company’s operations team. Best may be the area near the backdoor entrance closed to the loading and unloading bay or lift area. Try to locate the server room away from the kitchen or bathrooms and do not installed in a room with existing water piping system. Just remember not to mix water and server room together.
2) The Temperature
It is important to maintain constantly a temperature not less than 10 degree celsius or not more than 28 degree celsius. Therefore, the server room may need to install at least two units of aircons (if it is not a centralised aircon systems), this is because when one aircon is spoilt, the other one will standby or still working. Have an auto aircon control system to activate the replacement aircon when the former one is not working.
3) No Windows
The server room should be windowless so that sunlight and heat may not come into the room to interfere with the system.
4) Walls, Ceiling and Flooring
Like what we had mentioned earlier, the server room is meant to be functional, so in terms of aesthetic beauty of the server room design, it does not matter. Make sure your walls and ceiling materials is of good condition in terms of moisture resistant. Your flooring (carpet or commercial vinyl) has to have certified anti-static properties.
5) Room for Expansion
As your company workforce grows bigger, you may need to have more servers equipment, therefore you need to expand your server room to a larger space. Always plan in advance such that you will have a space standby in case you need to extend the server room.
In summary, you can save the hassle when you engage an experienced commercial design consultant who is highly experienced in designing and constructing server rooms.