Your server is one of the largest investments your business makes and is necessary to daily operations. Because of this, it is in the best interest of your business to keep it safe and optimally working; the first place to start is setting up your server's home.
Set Up a Separate, Enclosed Room
Setting up an enclosed room is worth the investment. If you are lucky enough to have a suitable room already, take advantage of that. Consider the space you'll currently need, as well as the space you'll need in the future. When your organization grows, as do the needs of your network, you'll be glad you planned for expansion when the time comes. Putting your server in a dedicated room is more secure.; unwanted foot traffic is reduced this way and as well as would be thieves. An added bonus, behind walls, your server will also be far less noisy.
To save money on cabling, choose a location that is relatively central in your business.
Control the Climate
Heat is electronic kryptonite. When servers operate with high temperatures, their life spans can easily be cut in half, and inadvertently can cause you a lot of expensive downtime. Servers should operate in rooms from 56 degrees to 75 degrees. A server that operates at 86 degrees can have its life cut by a third.
Using a server rack will help with organization, proper ventilation, and adding future equipment. Though simply placing your server on a desk can be tempting, it does not get proper air flow this way, and additions can quickly become a wiry, tangled mess.