Data center systems can be an efficient, cost-effective way of managing your company’s data. But that’s only true if your data center is running as smoothly as possible. What are datadata center requirements for running smoothly? It’s all about uptime. Uptime, as you probably well know, is how reliably you have access to your data via the internet. Naturally, what we all want is 100 percent uptime, and while 100 percent of anything is never guaranteed, today’s data centers can come really close.
In fact, uptime is so important that even 99.9 percent uptime may not be good enough. You want 99.99 percent uptime or as close to it as you can possibly get. The way to get close to that magic number is by knowing the essential factors to keeping a data center running smoothly and managing those factors to the best of your ability.
Here, then, is a look at some of the critical elements of a data center and four tips to help make sure that data center is running as smoothly as it can.
Tip 1: Protect Your Data Center From Fire at All Costs
Fire can quickly spell the end of your data center and all your hard-earned data. The most dangerous thing about fire is how quickly it can spread once it gets started and how hard it can be to put out. Your data center must be constructed of as many fireproof materials as the design will allow and should be equipped with fire suppression technology that can handle the kind of fires likely to occur in a data center (i.e. electrical fires).
It can also be a good idea to set up containment measures, such as fire doors that drop down to contain a fire in one area and prevent it from spreading to other areas of the facility, or a data center design that discourages the spread of fire.
Tip 2: Maintain the Correct Temperature
This is an easy one. It’s computer 101 that you need to keep computers and other electronic equipment cool. Things that run on electricity, especially at the levels computers and similar electronics use, run super-hot, which is why they have fans built in and every computer room you ever use must be temperature-controlled. Data centers follow the same rules.
Servers are constantly moving incredibly fast and using a lot of energy, generating huge levels of heat. Not making sure your servers are at the proper temperature is practically begging for a shutdown.
Tip 3: Adequate Power Supply
When the power goes out, everything stops. That’s not something you can afford to have happen to your data center. A citywide blackout for an hour could devastate your business, depending on how dependent you are upon server data. If you have a data center, you must have multiple backup generators to provide energy in case of a power failure. And you’d better be sure to pay that electric bill!
Tip 4: Keep Your Data Center Safe
A good data center is loaded with security. After all, not only are you talking about thousands of dollars’ worth of expensive electronic equipment inside, but the data in those machines could be worth millions. That’s why no security measures are too extreme, and you should at least have well-positioned, HD video surveillance cameras in your data center. Motion sensors, break-in alarms and security guards couldn’t hurt either.
Don’t Stress Over Your Data — Contact Intellicom, Inc. USA for Safe, Reliable Data Centers Today
Given how much there is to consider and how much upkeep is required, it may not be cost-effective for you to build and maintain your own data center on your own. It is often a good idea to do what many other North Carolina businesses with data to protect do and call Intellicom, Inc. USA for data center services.
Our BICSI-certified RCDDs will work with your data management team to build your perfect data center. We will help you put together the right design and install your data solution. No matter what reasonably sized data center you need, we can help you put together a system to maximize uptime, and you’ll have the benefit of our data center service that comes with 24/7 assistance. Our service includes migration support as well as operations and floor support for your peace of mind. To get started, contact Intellicom, Inc. USA now.