Government looking to MediaSmart Server as model for improving server air flow?

by Alex Kuretz on May 8, 2009

in News


A recent article of the magazine Government Computer News featured the MediaSmart Server EX470 server on the front cover, though with the HP and Windows Home Server logos removed. The article covers a study about techniques for more efficient cooling of computer data centers, and since HP is mentioned as a participating company in the study I’m guessing the GCN graphic designer did an image search on “HP Server”, stumbled across the MediaSmart Server and figured it was just too sexy to pass up.

In spite of the below picture in the article, I’m going to have to recommend against using snowcones piled on top of your server to reduce it’s temperature. A much better alternative is my MSS Fan Control Add-In, though it currently only works on the EX470 and EX475 servers.

Snowcone spilled on MediaSmart Server

Snowcone spilled on MediaSmart Server

You can read the entire article here, it’s actually fairly interesting as they are advocating for using the existing temperature sensors in the server hardware to regulate fan speeds and reduce power consumption. They also talk about integrating the IT network with the building control network to better monitor environmental conditions within the data center.

Sorry for the small images, if anyone is a GCN subscriber and has a better image of the cover then please send it to me and I’ll post it here.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.

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