Data Centres are like banks, in which they hold all important information, and the input or output should be secure and protected. Data centre maintenance ensures these processes are performed correctly at all times, and that data is always secure. Keeping a data centre maintained increases its uptime, which in turn protects your data and keeps your business away from a security breach. Here’s your guide to data centre maintenance.
Your guide to Data Centre Maintenance
Almost all data is stored in a data centre, weather on your own servers or in the cloud- the cloud isn’t actually in the sky! When storing data to a local server, it is most likely living in a data centre, inside a server that can store thousands of different pieces of data. When storing in the clod, you are essentially storing your data in someone else server, which is backed up by another server, and by another server in a different location, and so on. The long and short of it is, most data is stored in a data centre.
As more data began to be stored in data centres, the risk of system failure increased, and maintenance became a necessity. It’s important a server’s uptime is at least 99% of the time or there could not only be risk of data loss, but also security breaches. Servers have been around since the advent of computers, and many are years old. This doesn’t mean to say they are breaking or too old to work, this means they store large amounts of data and therefore need monitoring.
Many businesses- weather that be SMEs or large organisations- rely on data centres to run smoothly in order to keep their business running, and their data secure. A lot goes into data centre security, and weather you have one server in a data centre or a whole data centre of servers, this guide applies to you.
What does Data Centre Maintenance mean?
It has been researched that 1 minute of downtime in a data centre is equivalent to approximately $7900 lost, and the average time a data centre can be down for is 90 minutes. This means when a data centre isn’t working at its optimum, large sums of money can be lost from businesses, which can be critical. This means the method of maintaining a data centre, is to try and prevent issues from arising at all.
This seems almost impossible; however, it has proved to be the best solution for a long time. By preventing issues from happening with long term maintenance, data centres have managed to continue working at their optimum, with almost no data loss or downtime. Solving an issue when it arises can last around 90 minutes, whereas maintaining data centres consistently can conclude in almost no issues. So what’s the catch?
Data Centre Maintenance is seen as costly for all businesses, which is why most don’t jump at the idea when it arises. However, over 60% of all large businesses use some form of Third- Party maintenance, whether that is maintenance on their own data centre or migrating their data to an off-site server. So if large organisations use Data Centre Services, they must be the way forwards.
By paying for Data Centre Services, whether that’s on a 1–3-year initial SLA, with the option to purchase extended services, or on a continuous partnership with a Third-Party Maintenance provider, the price of quick, break- fix maintenance included with the money lost during data centre downtime, would be much greater than continuous maintenance, not to mention market reputation. If you’re the owner of a large or small company, you want to be available at all times for clients and customers. The second you aren’t, your competitors have the upper hand.
Being proactive, not reactive
Years ago, data centre maintenance was handled by resolving an issue as it arises. However, this reactive approach caused loss of money, uptime, and reputation for businesses. Now, maintenance providers have adopted the proactive approach, meaning they’ll always monitor a data centre, including its environment, performance, and security, to ensure it has optimised uptime. Now knowing this, what does data centre maintenance involve?
Data in a data centre is stored on either a disk or a tape, however tape storage is most popular, especially for back-up, as it can hold more data, is removable and portable, and is the cheapest. However, some data will be stored on a disk initially, as it is faster to upload, and then transferred to a tape at a later date for backup.
Both tapes and disks entail specific temperature and humidity requirements, including redundant power and dedicated cooling equipment that doesn’t shut down at the end of the normal office hours, as well as an engine generator to protect IT functions from extended power outages.
Data Centre Maintenance Options
Data Centre owners will receive a warranty when buying the data centre, and it is their choice weather they choose to extend this- which can be costly- or opt for a Third- Party Maintenance provider to provide ongoing support. Data centre maintenance can be for as long as you like, as most providers will supply support in the form of an SLA, meaning the maintenance is tailored to you.
Engineers hired by TPM providers for data centre services have knowledge on data centre environments, product knowledge including parts, product updates and anything else tailored to the OEM of the servers. Most engineers have years of training behind them, and are fully trusted by their employer.
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