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The importance of a proactive, server room cleaning schedule

For most companies the server room is at the core of day – to – day business operations.

As such,you ensure virus software is up-to-date and password protection systems are in place, but have you ever considered the cleanliness of your server room?

Dust and debris in your server room are more than just an annoyance; they can damage your equipment. Without regular server room cleaning, dirt will buildup to create grime on server fans, causing your cooling systems to slow down: This can result in irreversible damage to your equipment.

According to a recent report: Effects of Dust on Computer Electronics, And Mitigating Approaches, by Computer Dust Solutions, LLC. “Tests show that the temperature of some higher power PC components, such as the CPU, can go up nearly 30o F due to a build-up of dust. This is a significant increase in temperature which can lead to complete and abrupt part failure,”

Server room cleaning a must for any conscientious organisation!

Your servers aredesigned to manage, save, send and process company data, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 356 days a year.  As such, it is very important that you take care of them and proactively arrange routine cleans. A scheduled approach to server room cleaning will help maintain machine health and functionality. It can even prolong the life of your servers.

What kind of equipment is safe for use in my server room?

Like any specialist cleaning task, server room cleaning presents its own set of unique challenges. Specialist cleaning equipment is required due to equipment sensitivities.

For instance, it is important to use anti-static cleaning equipment to prevent static build-up that damages the hardware. Equally it is important that you use HEPA filter vacuums; designed specifically to prevent dust particles from escaping the vacuum back into the air.

Who should be tasked with server room cleaning?

The person tasked with cleaning your server room should be trained and qualified to do so.

At minimum you should choose a cleaning company with ‘Data Centre Technical Cleaning’ certifications. This will give you peace of mind that they are serious about cleaning and understand the sensitivity of the job at hand. Moreover a trained contract cleaner will understand best practice and adhere to industry guidelines,to ensure a clean, safe server room.

How often should I have my server room cleaned?

It is recommended that an average sized server room should be cleaned at least once quarterly, to sustain machine health.Remember –implementing the correct procedures for server room cleaningis really worthwhile. A good cleaning schedule can prevent serious system errors, the loss of information,server downtime or disruptions within your day – to – day business operations.

For more information on server room cleaning call CCS cleaning at given numbers.

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