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9 Best Practices for Data Center Maintenance

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Data center maintenance is critical to keep your facility up and running smoothly. Given the importance of your data center, DCIM experts at Sunbird bring forward some best practices for maintenance. Our DCIM experts have worked for years in the data center industry. Here's what we've learned from our own experiences and from our customers.

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9 Best Practices for Data Center Maintenance

  1. 1. Best Practices for Data Center Maintenance 9
  2. 2. Data center maintenance is critical to keep your facility up and running smoothly. Consider just a couple of facts around the impact that downtime can have on your data center: •  Data center outages cost an average of around $11,000 per minute for companies that rely heavily on them (like ecommerce companies), according to a study by the Ponemon Institute. •  More than 90% companies that suffered more than 10 days of downtime filed for bankruptcy within 12 months of the outage. How Important is Your Data Center? www.sunbirddcim.com
  3. 3. Given the importance of your data center, DCIM experts at Sunbird bring forward some best practices for maintenance. Our DCIM experts have worked for years in the data center industry. Here's what we've learned from our own experiences and from our customers. Best Practices for Data Center Maintenance www.sunbirddcim.com
  4. 4. Worker safety has to be a top consideration during maintenance. •  Inform technicians about safety precautions •  Provide regular safety training to your staff •  Keep the data center neat and uncluttered to prevent hazards Follow a Safety-First Approach#1 www.sunbirddcim.com
  5. 5. Define roles and responsibilities clearly, so that: •  All tasks have the appropriate coverage •  Every job is assigned to the person(s) with the appropriate skillset •  You're restricting access to certain areas Delegate Effectively and Set Accountability#2 www.sunbirddcim.com
  6. 6. Have you worked on a maintenance plan yet? •  Review your equipment manuals to see what the manufacturer recommends •  Periodic inspection of equipment will extend the lifetime of the equipment •  A maintenance plan will help you prevent unplanned outages and loss in production A robust software solution can help keep track of the install date and age of your equipment to easily determine when maintenance is required. Ensure Periodic Maintenance and Inspection#3 www.sunbirddcim.com
  7. 7. Focusing on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) can help: •  Reduce energy costs •  Control humidity and temperature variations •  Prevent accidents Check the HVAC Infrastructure#4 www.sunbirddcim.com
  8. 8. Periodic inspection of batteries is key. Consider deploying battery monitoring systems to: •  Ensure systems keep running smoothly •  Prevent downtime •  Avoid loss of any critical data Inspect the Batteries#5 www.sunbirddcim.com
  9. 9. Regular servicing helps. If you're not doing that, then: •  Carry out full load and switching tests periodically •  Test start the generator for at least one hour every month •  Install an enunciator panel (a smoke alarm) Determine Whether the Power Generators are Due for Service#6 www.sunbirddcim.com
  10. 10. The use of infrared scans will help to: •  Identify overloads •  Prevent potential equipment failure •  Spot and correct loose electrical connections Deploy IR Scans#7 www.sunbirddcim.com
  11. 11. A DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) solution provides: •  Easy user access with a single centralized, and searchable database •  Efficient management of data center assets and cable management •  Custom dashboards for easy maintenance and management •  Intelligent monitoring and convenient reporting •  Easy tracking of the productivity of technicians •  Opportunities to reduce costs •  Ways to prevent unplanned downtime Invest in a DCIM Solution#8 www.sunbirddcim.com
  12. 12. Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is a critical task. Experts can ensure: •  Productivity is not hampered •  Critical data remains safe •  Costs are low and downtime is minimal •  Prolonged life of expensive equipment •  Optimal use of space, power, and connectivity Consider Engaging Experts#9 www.sunbirddcim.com
  13. 13. Visit: www.sunbirddcim.com Call: 732-993-4476 Email: sales@sunbirddcim.com Reach Out to a DCIM Expert

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