February 23, 2007 14:01

Hot, Dust and an insane power grid

Hot, Dust and an insane power grid

Server Room in Fantsuam Foundation

We are working in Kafanchan (Nigeria) with Fantsuam Foundation. The server room is going to require some changes to accommodate the new wireless NOC. The dust is really an enemy here and it is difficult to find good solutions to isolate computers without a good cooling system. Unfortunately the power grid is just insane, voltage fluctuates constantly and although we have three phases coming into the premises, the generator is the only reliable source of power. And when the power from the grid comes it stays 80-90 V for hours; bulbs work... PCs do not. In the server room a fuse allows us to choose the phase (of the three available)... as sometimes power is only available in one of them.

Low power computers, voltage regulation and an electricity backup system... getting all these pieces together is part of the challenge here. The price of connectivity is not just the price of the bandwidth... getting rid of the dust, cooling the boxes and ensure a stable power supply are also part of the expensive equation. Nice to be here and nice to be connected.