A server room should ideally be neat as a whistle. Unfortunately, many server rooms start this way and gradually lose their sparkliness. Besides its unappealing appearance, a poorly managed server room is a health and safety hazard due to reduced airflow that can damage equipment. If you want your servers to run smoothly, pay attention to the following tips for keeping your server room clean.
Bundle and Label Cables
An efficient way to prevent that messy and confusing tangle of cables is to ensure all wires are adequately bundled and labeled. A disorderly pile of cables on your servers is not good, and it can be frustrating to distinguish whether they are broken or spares. Furthermore, use velcro to bundle up extra lengths of cables. It will be easier to take off and put back on again when making changes. Also, you can color-code your cables. For instance, the color blue can be data, and orange is for phones, etc. Practicing cable management will improve your server room airflow, which is essential to prevent overheating.
Accessibility is a Must
An unorganized server room compromises efficiency and causes delays. In contrast, a structured cabling system will facilitate quick repair and maintenance services. Additionally, electronics get hot when running for long periods, creating a fire hazard. To prevent overheating, eliminate unnecessary equipment and ensure the servers are separate and contained to enhance the airflow. A messy server room can also increase wear and tear on your cables, leading to costly repairs and equipment replacement. Reduce wear and tear by cooling your server room with fans.
Practice a Cleaning Schedule
Maintain regular communication between your server management team and maintenance personnel by practicing precautions such as using plastic curtains during construction or messy janitorial work. Also, keeping a regular cleaning schedule, using air vacuum cleaners, microfiber mops, and cloths is essential. Complete a deep cleaning every few months for your server room from time to time.
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- Structured Cabling (Fiberoptic, Copper and Coax for inside and outside plant networks)
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- Wireless Access Point installations
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- Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
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- Design/Build Services
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