How To Maintain A Data Center Like A Pro
By Ntiva Editorial Team on Feb 17, 2017

How To Maintain A Data Center Like A Pro

Your data center can be considered one of the most important aspects of your IT environment. If you maintain your own data center, read on for some key tips on keeping it in tip top shape!

Most of data centers utilize large amounts of cables and without adequate care, they could get entangled over time. Cable entanglement is not only the problem you will face - excessive accumulation of dust is another issue too. 

These common data center situations should be avoided from the start - here are some of the best ways to correctly maintain your data center:

Keeping data center dust at bay

If the old feather duster is unable to tackle those hard-to-reach spots in your data center, you should opt for compressed gas canisters as well as a modern electric duster instead. The latter is able to tackle large scale environments.

It is recommended that you go for electric dusters that come with a 500-watt motor to blast dust off crevices and fans in the most effective manner. Your investment for such equipment will pay off in the long run!

If you plan to utilize some sort of AC vacuum device within the premises, you may want to plug the device into an outlet that's away from the data center. Although this sounds like some kind of superstition, let's play it safe by not disturbing equilibrium of a server environment.

Good cable management is essential for a well-maintained data center

That spaghetti mess is something that everyone is familiar with and how bad that is will depend on how well you set up the cables within the room. They should be arranged in the neatest way possible, especially if they are in close proximity with server racks.

Here are a few simple practices to keep in mind:

  • Use colored labels and codes to save on maintenance time down the road. Whether the cable is used for printers or VoIP devices, they must be of a different color. To label your cables, try heat-shrink tube labels. They can easily fit around the cable heads.
  • You should never group network and power cables together, as the power lines can cause interference. Velcro cable ties are great tools here as they are easy to reuse.
  • Always measure your cables as using inappropriate lengths are simply too wasteful. Once you've measured the right length, cut the excess with a cable crimper.

Contemplating whether to mop your data center?

As you already know, reckless usage of water is not recommended in a room full of sensitive and expensive electronic equipment. You might want to engage the assistance of a professional cleaning service that has adequate experience and skills to actualize the clean-up plan.

Speaking of which, you will want to be mindful of where you install any electronic gear such as air conditioning units as they can drip water. If you feel that you need help with managing your data center, reach out to us and we'll be happy to help.

You may also want to consider moving to a fully managed data center. Our state-of-the-art data centers can securely house your servers, storage and networking equipment. You have the option of maintaining it yourself (co-location) or having us completely manage it for you.

If you want to learn more, contact us to let us know the details of what you are looking for - one of our solution representatives will get back to you quickly to answer all your questions!

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