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Web hosting operation Redbus Interhouse has warned companies to "worry about servers as much as employees" as the UK continues to enjoy the summer weather.

In a statement dished out late yesterday afternoon, the colocation outfit warned that servers - as well as people - suffer when it's hot and that a sweltering server could cripple a business.

"SMEs are at particular risk as their servers are put under intense pressure from the heat," said Simon Neal, the company's Country Manager.

"With temperatures in the 70s in the evening, and reaching the mid-90s during the day, the risk of a server failure is much greater without appropriate cooling equipment.

"For smaller organisations where a single server may manage e-mail and data, any downtime can cripple the business, aside from the capital outlay required to repair or replace a frazzled server or router," he said.

Which is all well and good, except this advice has just come a little too late.

A spokesman for the Met Office told The Register that the recent heatwave has "come to an end" and that temperatures are now nearing the seasonal average.

A case of good advice a little too late? ®

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