Does your business use direct cloud storage? Do you run your own data center? Alternatively, are you taking advantage of a colocation agreement? Regardless of your configuration, it’s important for all of your data center equipment to run smoothly and to avoid preventable accidents. Sometimes how you organize your equipment is as important as the equipment you have. Here are some helpful tips on how to organize your data center equipment.
Organize By Temperature
Different servers and mainframes need different temperature-controlled areas and airflow. One way to make sure you have the right airflow and temperature is to use wire shelving to arrange your data center equipment by their individual cooling and airflow needs. Wire shelving works well because it allows nearly 360 degrees of airflow, which is essential to keeping high-capacity equipment cool. They allow you to arrange each piece of equipment in the direction it needs to be for proper airflow. They also ensure certain equipment stays separate from others.
Plan For A Quarantine Area
Use corrosion and static resistant plastic shelving to create a quarantined area outside of your data center. This allows you to unpack things that can’t be brought into the data center or assess where an item should go, without introducing to it the data center immediately. This area must be kept clean at all times, which is another reason why plastic shelving is a good idea. Using NSF certified plastic shelving helps even more because it guarantees your ability to keep the area sanitary.
Manage Your Cables
We know, cables seem like such a small thing, but disorganized, unruly cables can detract from the airflow in your data center. They can also be just plain hazardous. If you’re unable to find which cable attaches to which equipment, it’s hard to prevent or de-escalate overheating issues. It also makes it hard to pinpoint faulty or failing cables. Using color-coded zip ties can help to organize your cords. You can also “trunk” your cables. “Trunking” is precisely what it sounds like, you organize your cables by putting them in color-coded rubber sleeves, or trunks.
Airflow Issues Are Just As Likely As Security Breeches
Security needs to be inspected regularly, but so does airflow. Airflow Issues are just as likely as security breaches or
intrusions, if not more likely. Having secured lockers and a security partition can help to maintain airflow and
maximum security. Develop a system where you both test the security and airflow because an overlooked issue is alsoan expensive one.
Critical Power Has The Know-How To Help With All Of Your Data Center Equipment Needs
Critical Power Products And Services offers their customers decades of combined data center experience. They can guide you through the process of purchasing, organizing and securing your data center equipment. Contact us today!