Server rooms can seem intimidating if you don’t know what you’re looking at it’s easy to just shut the door and walk away until something goes wrong. However, they don’t thrive well on their own and, like a well-oiled machine, they need regular maintenance to ensure their longevity. Here are the top three issues that neglect can cause and what to do about them:
Dust and dirt:
Allowing dust and dirt to stay settled in your server room can result in a few things. It can get into the devices being stored there, causing them not to cool properly or overheat which can result in systems slowing down or packing it in altogether. Hiring professional cleaners that specialise in server rooms will increase the lifespan of the equipment in general and save the company money in the long run. On top of this, it’s good practice to ensure that your server room be just that – for your server (and its accessories), nothing more.
Having a messy server room doesn’t just look unappealing, it can cause confusion when trying to troubleshoot an issue. It’s not uncommon for an internet provider to come in and leave some messy cables, but if they aren’t tidied up it can end up with the wrong wire getting unplugged and causing your business downtime. Alternatively, should your server go offline and a technician needs to troubleshoot, there is nothing worse than look at what appears to be multi-coloured spaghetti and needing to figure out where to start in order to get you back online. Investing in cable management and labelling equipment can save you money as well as precious time.
Tangled wires and dust in an electrical environment can only end badly. There is a huge risk of office fire if systems are not cooled correctly or given regular cable maintenance. Everything should be kept in a rack with a clear path in and out of the room, this will prevent anyone tripping over free-standing stacked equipment and damaging themselves or the technology.
Health and Safety:
It is generally recommended that you schedule a server room review and clean regularly. Better to keep on top of it regularly than to be told the whole room needs to be cleared out and start again. Not only will it save you money but also reduce the potential downtime of your business.
If your server room is a nasty mess that everyone (including your IT team) would like to avoid, it isn’t hard to get it back under control. You can book a server/rack clean with ONGC today and we will get you sorted and safe in no time. Give us a call today and we will be more than happy to scope out your requirements.