Data centers are some of the most critical information infrastructures which interconnect and anchor numerous online businesses and users. In some cases, it could be millions of users and a data center failure due to some negligence or lack of preventive maintenance can have some serious effects on your operations. The most efficient data centers have some of the most rigorous scheduled preventive maintenance programs in order to ensure that they are at the top of their game.
According to an industry outlook data center maintenance report, a single minute of downtime in a data center facility will cost an average of $7900! A downtime which lasts one hour will cost upwards of $474,000. Modern data centres are increasingly playing a very crucial role in the cyberspace. They are supporting critical online retail websites, processes and software applications in the cloud.
Through preventive data center maintenance, it is possible to ensure maximum reliability in the data center infrastructure. As a result, you will be able to cut down on the unscheduled downtimes in your equipment and other failures which could be quite costly. Preventive maintenance allows to you to spot defects earlier on before they mutate into more severe and costly problems with your data centers. Without a culture of preventive maintenance of the data centers, the risk of asset failure increases considerably.
Here are some important preventive maintenance tips that you can carry out in your data center facility:
Factor in Safety Considerations
When it comes to the scheduled preventive maintenances (PM) for the data centres, it is advisable to factor in the safety and health of the technicians carrying out the maintenances first. Make sure they are well trained and are well aware of the safety hazards involved when carrying out the preventive maintenance in the facility. They should be familiar with the PM processes and the tasks involved should be well documented.
Have a Regular Schedule for the Inspections
Inspections in the data centre are not something that should be just carried out on your whims. A regular schedule of the maintenance on all the equipment in the facility will greatly reduce the risk of failure.
Have Standardized Checklists
It is always a best practice to develop standardized checklists that can be used routinely for the preventive maintenances. These are important since they will ensure that technicians at the facility know what to do when it comes to preventive maintenance activities. These also ensure that your technicians are carrying standard inspections every time. When developing the standardized checklists, you can start with the manufacturer recommended practices for all the equipment at the facility but you can refine these over time based on your unique operating environment.
Drawing up a checklist and a maintenance policy is not sufficient. You must proceed and enforce these in order to make them a part of the operating culture and not something which is optional.
If you cannot measure your current performance, there is no way you are going to improve on that. Use KPIs in order to measure your current data center performance and devise solutions that will increase the performance of the facility. Based on these measurements, you will be able to optimize the preventive maintenance processes, maximize the operation and the delivery of the data center while minimizing your costs.
Have a Computerized System
These are typically called the Computerized Maintenance Management System or the CMMS and they are key tracking and optimizing on your PM activities. The CMMS software will also help you in minimizing the human errors and cutting down on the cost of the maintenance.
Incorporating industry outlook datacenter maintenance best practices is one of the best ways to maintain a competitive edge in your industry while providing your customers with the best services.