Data centers and server rooms are vital to the digital economy and maintaining them in the best of form and performance is key to business success in the current world.
Here are a few useful tips to keep in mind:
Maintain thorough records
Record-keeping is extremely important in any data center. It ensures that there is sufficient information during troubleshooting, downtime, and other emergencies.
Checklists: Checklists are a data center manager’s best friend. It makes sure that no steps, procedures, or processes are skipped or missed out and also that they are carried out in a regular manner.
Reports: Maintain detailed reports when there is regular maintenance, an unexpected failure, or any minor/major issue is reported and/resolved. They are also important for auditing needs.
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Follow regular maintenance routines
It goes without saying that every data center needs regular maintenance. Use predictive technology alongside periodic preventive maintenance schedules to minimize the need for reactive maintenance and subsequent downtime. During each maintenance routine, remember to check:
Equipment: For performance, optimization, dirt, heat and so on
Cables: To prevent trip hazards and static build-up
Floors/walls/ceilings: For leaks, holes, air/cooling loss
Cooling systems and accessories: Clean air conditioning and check blanking panels, cooling trays, and so on
Power-related systems: From main and backup power to power distribution units, and more
Compliance regulations: To ensure that all areas, equipment, and functions are in line with regulatory guidelines for industry-related compliance
Fire and other hazards: To make sure all sprinkler and other systems are working seamlessly and can be activated during an emergency
Prioritize safety & well-being
As in every work environment, the safety of workers should be considered paramount. In data centres, where the risks and safety hazards are higher due to the nature of its equipment and other components:
Security training: It must be a necessary first step while hiring technicians and other workers
Safety precautions: Take all safety precautions and add warning signs, wherever applicable within the data center
Safety gear: Provide workers with safety gear; from gloves to safety boots and ear muffs/plugs to protect from noise
Treat your data center/server room like a sanctuary, knowing that one wrong move can bring operations to a halt in one or more offices and lead to loss in business time and revenue. Be very particular about what/who you let in, and ensure that there is a way to monitor the inside of a data center at all times.
Unwanted materials: Food, water, and other beverages can cause spills or create a mess within the data center premises. What’s more, their smell can attract pests and rodents that may cause harm to the cables and equipment within the center as well.
Unauthorized entry: Provide access only to select members of the organization into the data center. Restricting access will ensure that unqualified persons don’t accidentally turn off switches or pull out plugs, jeopardizing the seamless functioning of the data center. Use biometric or keycard type access to create a sense of ownership amongst authorized personnel and also hold them accountable for actions.
Hire qualified personnel & train them periodically
Ensure a stringent hiring process; from casual labor to data center manager, assess individual candidates for knowledge, skill, and expertise before you hire. It’s easier if you maintain checklists for what you expect of staff/workers in each role and use them as yardsticks to measure candidates by.
Junior staff: While it is alright to hire some less experienced persons, make sure they are working directly under the supervision of seniors who can monitor and mentor them.
Training: Even the most qualified staff need continuous training to keep up with new, emerging challenges in the data center industry.
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