The Top 5 Best Practices for Data Center Personnel
In business, information is everything. And if data is the lifeblood of commerce, then the data center is the heart that keeps things moving. If your data center takes a dive, everything else comes to a screeching halt, and you risk critical information loss, dissatisfied customers, and expensive downtime and equipment replacement. The solution? Prevent data center trouble from the very beginning.
In addition to properly monitoring and maintaining server equipment, data center disaster prevention relies on an IT staff’s adherence to a few cardinal best practices. It’s a simple plan: get your team dedicated to upholding some basic server room ground rules, and watch the frequency of incidents and malfunctions steadily drop. Here are 5 first-string best practices to kick off your data center prevention plan.
Create (and Follow) Set Procedures
Label Like it’s Going Out of Style
For patch panels and switches, use hard-wearing thermal transfer labels that can take the heat of constantly-running equipment. On cables, try sleeve-style heat shrink labels, which won’t peel or drop off once shrunk into place.
Blacklist Contaminants, Including Food and Drink
Prevent staff from tracking in dust by having them wipe their feet on doormats or slip anti-static covers over their shoes before entering. Further cut down on air-circulated particulate by keeping corrugated cardboard boxes well away from critical equipment, as they’re known for shedding fibers that can be easily pulled into intake fans.
Crack Down on Unauthorized Access
Accident-Proof Your Emergency ButtonsEmergency Power Off (EPO) switches are great things to have when the unexpected emergency strikes, but push them at any other time, and all they cause are problems – big ones. Complete loss of power and hours of downtime can create multiple crises for your business, clients and staff, so prevent the accidental pushing of EPOs by clearly labeling (in more than one language, if necessary) and installing protective covers over emergency controls.
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