I am working for a new company. We’re just getting started and I’m in charge of the computer system, among other things. At previous offices, I have always seen computer rooms kept cold (62-65 degrees) and dry. I am getting mixed messages on how cold the computer room should be and what problems may occur with above optimal temperatures. I am getting some pressure to reduce my budget and wonder if I can get away with just a dehumidifier.
Anybody out there with the straight dope on this? The small room will contain, at a minimum, two routers, a firewall, four small to medium servers, tape drives, and miscellaneous. No UPS will be necessary because I will be tapping the manufacturing area UPS.
If you have any suggestions as to how the cost can be held down, please let me know.