When the construction of your in-house data center is completed, operations and maintenance procedures can finally begin. These services may include regular scheduled maintenance and/or comprehensive operational management for all infrastructure and assets. Alternatively, it may just be preventive maintenance for certain assets in the data center. The main aim, however, is to provide continuous operations for networking services. That’s why it is important that your data center support infrastructure is well-maintained.
Implement a Proper Maintenance Plan
One has to keep their data center clean so it is imperative that basic housekeeping practices are followed. When dust blocks airflow, it can cause critical equipment to overheat. Simply put, data center site cleaning should always be part of one’s regular maintenance schedule. Next, nothing lasts forever, and it is important to be aware of the expected service lifespan of one’s equipment. Consider documenting it, as well as plan and budget for its eventual replacement and routine maintenance.
Always Re-Test After Repairing
Unfortunately, one may experience unplanned failures. After facilitating the necessary repair procedures, it is imperative that one re-tests all of the affected systems and components with a dummy load. More importantly, conduct the tests in a controlled environment to ensure a smooth transition when the equipment is put back in service.
Proactively Monitor Equipment
Proactively monitoring your equipment’s operation and keeping a running log ensures that your enterprise has a clear understanding of the current operating load versus its redundant capacity and/or capacity limitations. In addition, real-time monitoring allows your team to gain a better understanding of how the load is decreasing or growing, which may define a trend.
It is recommended that one consistently documents the Five Ws and How that happens in the data center:
Historical work order information can help eliminate questions down the road and identify chronic equipment problems.
Check for Hot Spots
It is natural for heat to build up around sensitive data center equipment over time. If these issues are neglected, they can ultimately cause failures. To make things worst, data center hot spots cannot be seen with the naked eye and one’s sense of touch. Only modern infrared thermographic scanners can detect these hot spots. Once you have identified the problematic areas, resolve them quickly to avoid failure.
Acquire On-Site Service Agreements and Warranties
Oftentimes, simply receiving replacement parts isn’t enough to solve the problem. It is also important to have access to a competent team that installs those parts and make sure that they work. In the event of failure, it is highly recommended to maintain a preventive maintenance service contract that can cover the necessary repairs. It is important to note that purchasing parts on an individual basis can be costly. By having an active warranty, one can ensure that faulty equipment can be covered in the most affordable manner.
Familiarize Yourself with All Available Equipment Manuals
If your enterprise owns a data center, it is important to be familiar with all of the equipment. Consider going through the equipment manuals as they showcase recommended maintenance and timelines. Your team will also learn how to operate under normal, maintenance, or emergency operating conditions. After all, human error is the leading cause of unplanned downtime.
If owning and managing a data center is not feasible for your business, you will be pleased to know that there are alternatives, such as on demand data center colocation services. Feel free to contact ANEXIO for more information today!