Servers are lifeblood to enterprise IT as that’s where we store all our important documents and data. Hence, as soon as a server fails, work comes to a halt and can result in downtime which might also have the potential to paralyze a business on a permanent note.
So, here a few things you can do to reduce the risk of server failure-
Keep it cool- Heat does lot damage to electronics and servers are no exception. Therefore, by keeping the servers cool, IT professionals can not only ensure that their functioning is efficient, but this step can also prolong the life of servers by some years. It’s always best to keep the temperature below 72 degrees and above 55 degrees. Always keep in mind that in California we have extremely hot days and if your cooling system fails, then your office can quickly reach temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit within no time. However, some reports suggest that the latest generation of server hardware is capable of working at higher temperatures- say over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep it clean- Dust, debris and other particles when present inside a server room can quickly play havoc with the functioning of servers. For this reason it’s so important to keep your server room clean and dust your servers regularly, since the fans can suck the dust particles inside the machine and potentially cause fires or inhibit the operational efficiency of the server. Here, maintenance is key and so better to hire a third party on contract which offers professional services in this field.
Select the right server- As the business grows enterprise IT teams put the whole load on the server. Multiple users and applications start generating data and all the load is put on the same server, cutting short its life. Sometimes, these workloads can put a risk on the functioning of the server causing server freeze, restarts and unexpected downtimes. Therefore, proper planning is needed to make sure servers are well suited for your business growth and expansion. Most of the IT teams to save on short term basis go for a server which has minimum configuration. But this can not only put enterprise data center in risk, but can also troubles such as network slowness, downtime and even data loss.
Offer consistent power- Power surges and spikes can cause severe damage to servers- especially to SMPS and motherboard. Thus, ensure that you are providing power to your server from a consistent power resource like UPS. By offering a stabilized power, servers will not get impacted by surges or voltage fluctuations.
Remember, servers failures can be catastrophic and to play safe, better be proactive by following the above said steps.
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