The largest dust storm in recorded history hit much of the east coast of Australia last week blanketing towns with a red dust cloud.
And while most data centre operators said there were no problems - they were prepared, of course - there is always the need to check your own cooling equipment filters.
Computerworld Australia did just that for our server room and found some interesting results which you can see in the photos attached to this story. Paul Kehoe of C&C Mechanical Services told Computerworld that the level of dust contamination seen on the intake filters can cause multiple problems with air conditioning equipment. "With this level of dust on the filters the air flow over the cooling coils drops and that can lead to the coils icing up and shutting down the whole system" Kehoe said. "De-icing a frozen system has its own challenges."
Is it time to look at your cooling filters?
What do your filters look like?
Who has the dirtiest filter in town?