When you ask a data center manager about their biggest concern, you rarely hear them talk about cleaning. Yet anyone who maintains a house knows how skipping a few days of clean-up can lead to bigger problems down the road. Data centers are large facilities with a lot of moving parts. Here’s why you should prioritize regular cleaning of your facilities.
Data center and IT employees are the unsung heroes of the software industry. Even if IT jobs don't carry the same level of glamor as frontline developers, these are still lucrative careers. But data center employees need to be vigilant about changing trends to make sure they are ahead of the competition.
When you are hiring a data center employee, you are hiring someone who’ll be responsible for expensive hardware, critical software and sensitive data. According to a US Department of Labor 2003 report, an average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30 percent of the hire’s first year of salary. But this might be a very conservative estimate. In a data center, an employee’s mistake can cost you hardware failures, software corruptions, security vulnerabilities and data loss. So it’s crucial to hire the right person for the job.
New data centers are becoming living, breathing, efficient, and more efficient compared to those built previously. Gone are the massive redundancies and facilities because developers are more confident in forecasting the needs for existing and future customer requirements, space and energy.
Data centers are often run without a cleaning policy or procedure in place. While cleaning visibly noticeable debris makes a data center aesthetically pleasing, it doesn’t protect IT equipment from contaminants. Data center contaminants are tiny particles that become airborne in the cooling system and can damage IT equipment and cause an outage. It is imperative that data center operators establish an ongoing contaminant prevention plan and data center cleaning policy to protect IT equipment and maintain data uptime.