Are you watching your facility?
When was the last time you actually visited your data center? Or did you just "set it and forget it"? Do you think that because you can remote into your data center everything is okay? Your data center needs a regular visit to check temperature, cabling, etc. If you fail to give the data center the face time it needs, you could wind up with a disaster on your hands.
In 23 March 2010 Wikipedia was offline after a cooling problem in
Wikimedia’s European data center led to a heat condition that caused a server
in 12 March 2013 Outlook.com & Hotmail.com outage reported. The outage that left Outlook.com and Hotmail users without access to their emails for almost 16 hours this week was due to overheating servers in the data center, Microsoft said.
Still, many enterprises fail to implement even basic monitoring until after
actually experiencing a problem. Some enterprise leaders believe that once an
environmental disaster occurs, it won’t happen again. Without preventative
measures and ongoing monitoring, they likely will.
At a minimum, you should monitor for humidity, dew point, power loss, power quality, differential pressure, and inlet temperatures. In addition to inlet air temperatures, it is recommended taking measurements across the top, middle, and bottom of server racks to note temperature variance and across the aisle to account for variations. Also measure how loads vary throughout the day over an extended period. It’s important to recognize the dynamic nature of data center environments, including the impact of seasonal changes. “Changes in weather and climate are so unknown.
Ideally, enterprises should be monitoring for server and CRAC delta temperatures to help understand the effectiveness of cooling. As you increase load capacity, add blade servers, or make any changes to the data center layout, this measurement will benchmark your cooling efficiency and act as a preventative measurement to any server failure/downtime.
While managing data centers, time-stamping the monitoring of temperatures, power to cabinets, and humidity levels can help detect server problems. Typically, when a problem does occur, an IT person will call a vendor that will look first to place blame for the problem on input power, temperature, or humidity. Having time-stamped information available can help eliminate finger-pointing and get problems fixed faster. Read More at http://avtech.com/articles/3760/why-all-data-centers-need-environmental-monitoring/
To guarantee continuous operations for data center, managers should take preventive maintenance as strategy to avoid being reactive to problems affecting operations from time to time. Preventative maintenance implies the systematic inspection and detection of potential failures before they occur.
With proper monitoring tools you will have the early warning and controlling tools to help implementing your preventive maintenance strategy.
Environmental monitoring is not only for data centers or technology facilities as it is an important factor for several industries such as Food manufacturing & preparation, food storage, healthcare, drugs & vaccine storage and even hotels & restaurants.
Don’t wait for an actual failure! Plan your routine maintenance in advance and keep good documentation of procedures and maintenance history.
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