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Servers are used to store, manage and disseminate vast amounts of data, and they are an integral component of any organization’s IT infrastructure. And there are various test items and certifications or markings for server. These certifications and markings ensure that the server has met certain standards and that it is safe to use.

How can GTG assist you with the tests on server?

Server testing is the process of evaluating a server’s functionality to ensure that it performs in accordance with its intended purpose. This testing is done to identify any issues or defects that may prevent it from working correctly. The importance of server testing lies in the fact that it helps to ensure that the server is reliable, secure, and can handle the workload it is designed to handle.

As GTG Group’s strategy updates, some of the below listed test items may no longer be available, please contact us for the latest information.

(1) Electrical safety tests

Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to servers. They are powerful machines that operate at high speed and generate a lot of heat. As such, it is crucial to ensure that they are safe to use and do not pose any risk to users. This involves evaluating the electrical components of the server to ensure they comply with safety standards. Tests such as insulation resistance, earth continuity, and leakage current measurements are conducted to verify that the server’s electrical systems are properly insulated, grounded, and do not pose any electrical hazards.

  • Earth continuity test: the earth continuity test is performed to ensure that the server’s protective earth connection is intact. This test is performed by measuring the resistance between the earth pin on the plug and the metal casing of the server. The resistance should be low enough to ensure that the server is adequately grounded.
  • Functional earthing test: this test is carried out to assess the effectiveness of the earth connection by simulating a fault condition.
  • Insulation resistance test: the insulation resistance test is performed to ensure that the electrical insulation of the server is adequate. This test is performed by applying a voltage to the server and measuring the resistance between the live conductors and the earth. The resistance should be high enough to ensure that there is no risk of electrical shock.
  • Earth leakage test: the earth leakage test is performed to ensure that there is no leakage of current from the server to earth. This test is carried out by measuring the current flowing from the live conductors to earth while the server is in operation. The current should be low enough to ensure that there is no risk of electrical shock.
  • Dielectric withstand test: the dielectric withstand test is performed to ensure that the server can withstand high voltage surges without damage. This test is performed by applying a high voltage to the server and measuring the current flowing through it. The server should be able to withstand the voltage without any damage.
  • Voltage and frequency test: the voltage and frequency test is performed to ensure that the server can operate under different voltage and frequency conditions. This test is carried out by subjecting the server to different voltage and frequency conditions and monitoring its performance. The server should be able to operate under different voltage and frequency conditions without any issues.

(2) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) test

EMC testing assesses the server’s ability to operate without interfering with other electronic devices and to withstand electromagnetic interference from external sources. It ensures that the server meets electromagnetic emission and immunity standards, reducing the risk of disruptions or malfunctions caused by electromagnetic interference.

  • Radiated emissions test: the radiated emissions test is used to measure the amount of electromagnetic energy that is emitted from the server. This test is performed by placing the server in an anechoic chamber and measuring the electromagnetic energy using a spectrum analyzer.
  • Conducted emissions test: the conducted emissions test is used to measure the amount of electromagnetic energy that is conducted through the power and signal cables of the server. This test is performed by injecting a signal into the power and signal cables and measuring the electromagnetic energy using a spectrum analyzer.
  • Radiated immunity test: the radiated immunity test is used to measure the ability of the server to function properly in the presence of electromagnetic energy. This test is performed by exposing the server to electromagnetic energy and monitoring its performance.
  • Conducted immunity test: the conducted immunity test is used to measure the ability of the server to function properly in the presence of electromagnetic energy conducted through the power and signal cables. This test is performed by injecting a signal into the power and signal cables and monitoring the performance of the server.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) test: the ESD test is used to measure the ability of the server to withstand electrostatic discharge. This test is performed by applying a high voltage to the server and measuring its response.
  • Power quality test: the power quality test is used to measure the quality of the power supply to the server. This test is performed by measuring the voltage and current waveforms of the power supply and analyzing them to ensure that they meet the standards.

(3) Energy efficiency tests

Servers consume a lot of energy, and as such, it is important to ensure that they are energy efficient. Energy efficiency tests for servers typically involve measuring the power consumption of the server and determining how much energy it consumes under different loads. This information is then used to determine the server’s energy efficiency rating, which is an essential factor to consider when choosing a server.

  • Energy Star test: the Energy Star test measures the energy efficiency of servers based on the Energy Star program’s criteria. The test measures the server’s power usage efficiency and provides a rating, which helps customers identify energy-efficient servers.
  • Power consumption test: the power consumption test measures the power consumed by the server when it’s idle and under full load. The test measures the overall power consumption and the power consumption of individual components, such as the CPU, memory, and hard drive.
  • Power supply efficiency test: the power supply efficiency test measures the efficiency of the power supply unit in converting AC power to DC power. The test ensures that the power supply unit is optimized to consume minimal energy while still providing enough power to the server.
  • Thermal test: thermal test is performed to assess the server’s cooling system and its ability to dissipate heat effectively. It involves evaluating the server’s temperature control mechanisms, fan performance, and overall thermal management to prevent overheating and ensure safe operation.
  • Energy management test: energy management testing measures how well the server is optimized for energy management. The test ensures that the server is configured to consume minimal energy when it’s idle and under low loads.
  • Carbon footprint test: carbon footprint testing measures the server’s carbon footprint and how it can be minimized. The test helps identify areas where the server can be optimized to reduce carbon emissions.

(4) Mechanical test

Mechanical tests assess the server’s physical durability and reliability. They may include vibration testing, shock testing, and drop testing to ensure the server can withstand various environmental conditions without damage or malfunction.

  • Vibration test: this test is conducted to ensure that the server can withstand vibrations during transportation. The server is placed on a vibration table, and the table is vibrated at different frequencies and amplitudes. The server is then checked for any damages or malfunctions. This test is particularly crucial for servers that are used in areas with high levels of vibration, such as construction sites or factories.
  • Shock test: this test is conducted to ensure that the server can withstand sudden shocks during transportation. The server is dropped from a height of up to 1 meter onto a hard surface. The server is then checked for any damages or malfunctions. This test is crucial for servers that are transported frequently or used in areas where there is a high risk of physical shocks.
  • Temperature test: this test is conducted to ensure that the server can operate at different temperatures. The server is placed in an environmental chamber, and the temperature is varied from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius. The server is then checked for any damages or malfunctions.
  • Humidity test: his test is conducted to ensure that the server can operate in different humidity conditions.  In areas with high humidity levels, servers are prone to moisture damage, which can cause significant damage to the server’s components. The humidity test helps to assess the server’s ability to withstand high humidity levels and ensure that it continues to perform optimally. The server is placed in an environmental chamber, and the humidity is varied from 10% to 90%. The server is then checked for any damages or malfunctions.
  • Dust test: this test is conducted to ensure that the server can operate in dusty environments. Dust particles can accumulate in the server’s components and cause significant damage to its performance. The server is placed in a chamber filled with dust, and the server is checked for any damages or malfunctions.
  • Electrostatic discharge test: this test is conducted to ensure that the server can withstand electrostatic discharges. The server is exposed to electrostatic discharges of up to 15 kV. The server is then checked for any damages or malfunctions.
  • Altitude test: the altitude test helps to assess the server’s ability to function at high altitudes. Servers that are used in high-altitude areas such as mountainous regions need to be able to function optimally in such conditions.
  • Rain test: the rain test helps to assess the server’s ability to withstand rainwater. This test is particularly crucial for servers that are used in outdoor areas such as construction sites or events.
  • Solar radiation test: the solar radiation test helps to assess the server’s ability to withstand exposure to sunlight. This test is particularly crucial for servers that are used in outdoor areas and exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods.
  • Corrosion test: the corrosion test helps to assess the server’s ability to withstand corrosive substances. This test is particularly crucial for servers that are used in areas with high levels of corrosive substances such as factories or chemical plants.
  • Power supply test: the power supply test helps to assess the server’s ability to function optimally under different power supply conditions. The test helps to ensure that the server can function optimally even under low or high voltage conditions.
  • Noise test: the noise test helps to assess the server’s ability to function optimally under different noise levels. The test helps to ensure that the server can function optimally even under high noise levels.
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How can GTG assist you with the certifications or markings for server?

Server certification is a process that validates the server’s compliance with industry standards and regulations. Certification is typically performed by a third-party organization that specializes in testing and certification.

As GTG Group’s strategy updates, some of the below listed certifications or markings may no longer be available, please contact us for the latest information.

(1) UL certification

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent safety certification organization that tests and certifies products for safety. UL Certification ensures that the server meets the safety standards set by the organization. The UL Mark on a server indicates that it has gone through rigorous testing and meets specific safety standards.

(2) CE marking

The CE Marking is a certification mark that indicates compliance with European Union (EU) health, safety, and environmental standards. The CE Marking on a server indicates that it complies with EU regulations and is safe to use.

(3) FCC certification

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a United States government agency that regulates communication by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. The FCC Certification ensures that the server meets the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards set by the agency. The FCC Mark on a server indicates that it does not emit harmful electromagnetic interference.

(4) RoHS compliance

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Compliance is a directive issued by the European Union that restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The RoHS Compliance on a server indicates that it does not contain substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which are harmful to the environment.

(5) TUV certification

Technischer Überwachungsverein (TUV) is a German organization that provides independent testing and certification services. The TUV Certification on a server indicates that it meets the organization’s standards for safety, quality, and performance.

(6) Energy Star certification

The Energy Star Certification is a program run by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that identifies energy-efficient products. The Energy Star Certification on a server indicates that it meets specific energy efficiency standards and reduces energy consumption.

(7) CSA certification

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a Canadian organization that provides testing and certification services. The CSA Certification on a server indicates that it meets specific safety and performance standards set by the organization.

(8) ISO certification

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products and services. The ISO Certification on a server indicates that it has undergone a rigorous quality management system and meets the organization’s standards for quality.

(9) EPEAT certification

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a standard for evaluating the environmental impact of electronic products. The EPEAT Certification on a server indicates that it meets specific environmental standards, such as reducing toxic materials and energy consumption.

(10) Common criteria certification

The Common Criteria Certification is an international standard for evaluating the security of IT products and systems. The Common Criteria Certification on a server indicates that it has undergone a rigorous evaluation and meets specific security requirements.

(11) Red Hat Certified Hardware

Red Hat Certified Hardware is a program run by Red Hat that identifies hardware that has been tested and certified to work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Red Hat Certified Hardware on a server indicates that it has been tested and certified to work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Why the biggest brands trust GTG Group?

GTG Group (Global Testing Group) is a certification company that offers testing and certification services to different industries. Our expertise in server testing and certification has made us a trusted name in the industry.

(1) Independent and impartial testing

GTG Group is a third-party testing company, which means we are not affiliated with any specific manufacturer. This impartiality can provide camera manufacturers and consumers with confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the testing process, and ensure that the camera meets the required standards.

(2) Confidentiality and security

GTG Group understands the importance of confidentiality and security when it comes to testing and certification. We ensure that our clients’ data and information are kept confidential and secure at all times. This ensures that our clients’ intellectual property and trade secrets are protected.

(3) Experience and expertise

GTG Group has been in the server testing and certification industry for over a decade. During this period, we have gained vast experience and expertise in testing various types of servers, including rack servers, blade servers, tower servers, and modular servers. Our team of certified professionals has in-depth knowledge of industry standards, testing methodologies, and best practices.

(4) Comprehensive testing services

GTG Group offers a wide range of server testing services, including functionality testing, performance testing, stress testing, and security testing. We use advanced testing tools and techniques to identify any vulnerabilities, defects, or performance bottlenecks in the server. Our testing process is rigorous and follows industry standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 27001.

(5) Customized testing solutions

GTG Group understands that every business has unique requirements and challenges. Hence, we offer customized testing solutions that cater to the specific needs of our clients. We work closely with our clients to understand their business objectives, IT infrastructure, and server requirements. Based on this, we develop a tailored testing plan that meets our clients’ needs and budget.

(6) Speed and efficiency

GTG Group understands that time is of the essence in the business world. Hence, we offer fast and efficient testing services that minimize downtime and disruption to our clients’ operations. We use automated testing tools and processes that speed up the testing cycle and provide accurate results.

(7) Cost-effective services

GTG Group offers cost-effective testing services that provide value for money to our clients. We use a combination of automated and manual testing techniques that reduce the testing time and cost. We also offer flexible pricing options that allow our clients to choose the services they need and pay only for what they use.

(8) Compliance with industry standards

GTG Group follows industry standards and best practices in our testing process. We are certified in ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 17025, which demonstrates our commitment to quality, security, and reliability. We also comply with other industry regulations, such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and GDPR, to ensure that our clients’ data is secure and protected.

(9) Continuous testing and maintenance

GTG Group offers continuous testing and maintenance services that ensure the server’s reliability and performance over time. We provide regular updates, patches, and upgrades to the server to keep it up-to-date with the latest technology and security standards. We also monitor the server’s performance and identify any issues proactively before they cause any downtime or disruption.

(10) Reputation and trust

GTG Group has built a reputation for providing high-quality testing services to the biggest brands in the industry. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. We have earned the trust of our clients by delivering reliable, efficient, and secure server testing solutions.

(11) Innovation and Technology

GTG Group is committed to innovation and technology. We invest in the latest testing tools and processes to provide cutting-edge testing services to our clients. We also collaborate with our clients to develop new testing solutions that meet their evolving needs and challenges.

(12) Customer support and service

GTG Group provides excellent customer support and service to our clients. We have a dedicated team of professionals who are available 24/7 to answer our clients’ queries and concerns. We also provide regular updates and reports on the testing process and results.

FAQ on server testing and certification

Why is server testing important?

Server testing is important because it ensures that the server is functioning properly and meeting industry standards. This can help prevent downtime, data breaches, and other issues that can cause significant damage to a business or organization.

Why is server certification important?

Server certification is important because it provides objective evidence that a server meets industry standards. This can help businesses and organizations make informed decisions about which servers to use and can provide peace of mind that their servers are secure and reliable.

What are the consequences of not testing and certifying a server?

The consequences of not testing and certifying a server can be significant. If a server is not tested, it may have performance issues that affect its functionality, potentially resulting in lost revenue or damage to your reputation. If a server is not certified, it may not comply with industry standards and regulations, resulting in fines, legal action, or reputational damage.

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What are the costs associated with server testing and certification?

The costs associated with server testing and certification vary depending on the complexity of the server and the scope of the testing and certification required. However, the costs of testing and certification are far outweighed by the benefits of ensuring that the server is reliable, secure, and compliant with industry standards and regulations.

How often should servers be tested and certified?

The frequency of server testing and certification depends on the server’s usage and the industry standards and regulations that apply to it. In some cases, servers may need to be tested and certified annually, while in others, it may be more frequent. It is important to consult with experts to determine the appropriate testing and certification schedule for your server.

How long does server testing and certification take?

The length of time required for server testing and certification can vary depending on the complexity of the server and the specific tests being performed. However, most server testing and certification processes can be completed within a few weeks.

How can I ensure that my server is compliant with industry standards and regulations?

To ensure that your server is compliant with industry standards and regulations, it is important to work with experts who specialize in server testing and certification. These experts can provide guidance on the appropriate standards and regulations that apply to your server and can help ensure that it meets the necessary requirements.

How can I choose the right provider for server testing and certification?

Choosing the right provider for server testing and certification can be challenging. It is important to look for a provider with experience in your industry and with a track record of delivering high-quality testing and certification services. It is also essential to look for providers who are transparent about their processes and costs and who provide clear and concise reporting on the testing and certification results.

GTG Group is the trusted partner of the biggest brands for server test and certification. We offer comprehensive, customized, and cost-effective testing solutions that ensure the reliability, efficiency, and security of the server. With our experience, expertise, and commitment to quality, GTG Group has earned the trust and reputation of our clients worldwide. Contact GTG Group today for server testing and certification to avoid any legal issues that may arise from using a faulty server.

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