XFER has been serving Michigan since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Why (and How) You Need to Maintain Your Servers

Why (and How) You Need to Maintain Your Servers

It is impossible to understate the importance of a server to today’s businesses. We talk a big game as to how important data is, but we don’t often broach the topic of how important it is to ensure that your server is well-maintained. Below, we discuss how to determine what your servers need for optimal performance, and how you can be sure that they get it.

What Can Cause Problems in Your Server Room?
Of all the potential issues that your servers can face, the smallest ones can create some of the biggest problems - literally. For instance, there’s always the worry of dust.

Dust, and other similarly-sized contaminants, can easily make their way into your server’s components, where they build up and become an insulator. As a result, your equipment can become up to 30ºF warmer - and just like in human beings, a rise in internal temperature to this degree can be lethal.

Other contaminants include things that human beings generate, like skin particles and dander, or even the result of wear on the devices themselves, like belt debris from the climate control systems and metal shavings from the hardware. The worst culprit, however, is actually the soles of your feet. Approximately 80 percent of the most damaging debris can be introduced to your server room this way.

Mitigating Issues through Maintenance and Prevention
Consider what would happen if your server was to suddenly fail. All of the data you had worked to preserve and protect, investing in the infrastructure to house it and the solutions to mitigate external threats to it, would be gone. Therefore, it is important to remember that protecting your servers against inadvertent internal threats is just as critical as protecting them against external attacks. This is accomplished in two overarching ways: first, strict standards of cleanliness, and secondly, avoiding the introduction of contaminants.

Keeping it Clean
The less dust and grime there is in your server room, the easier it will be to keep the room nice and cool for your infrastructure. While the big cleaning jobs should be left to experienced professionals who have a history with cleaning computing equipment, there are some jobs that you should be able to handle.

After all, some cleaning may have to be done on a daily basis, especially if your server room is a high-traffic area. Careful vacuuming will help get rid of that notorious sole-grime that comes in, as well as a considerable amount of other dust. To clean your server components themselves, use an antistatic cloth to gently remove the grime, using compressed air to get into hard-to-reach places.

Avoiding Contamination
If possible, you might also want to make some changes to help reduce the amount of dust and grime that enters your server room in the first place. Installing air filters inside can help, as can (assuming you are able) creating a buffer room between your office and the server room itself, where special mats can be installed to help minimize contamination. Hats and booties can also help reduce the amount of human-borne contaminants entering the area.

Finally, do your best to stay out of the server room if at all possible. Avoid bringing potential contaminants into it, like cardboard, and clean off any tools and equipment before they are brought into the server room.

For more best practices to maintain your business’ crucial technology, reach out to XFER at 734-927-6666 / 800-Get-XFER!

VoIP Can Bring A Lot of Value
Value-Based Managed IT Helps Project Completion


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, December 14 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Security Technology Tip of the Week Privacy Microsoft Internet Cloud Best Practices Saving Money Backup Software Workplace Tips Managed Service Provider Business Computing Hosted Solutions Data Hackers Small Business Hardware Google Mobile Devices Productivity Mobile Office VoIP Gadgets Email Malware Quick Tips Network Efficiency Network Security IT Support Innovation Social Media Business Management Business Business Continuity IT Services Server Miscellaneous Smartphones Upgrade Virtualization Communication Windows Disaster Recovery User Tips Data Backup Communications Computer Managed IT Services Microsoft Office Users Data Recovery Passwords Mobile Device Management Browser Android Smartphone Marketing Holiday Save Money WiFi Alert Ransomware Outsourced IT Vendor Management Mobile Computing BDR Tech Term Cybercrime Remote Monitoring Cloud Computing Windows 10 Internet of Things Operating System Chrome Bring Your Own Device Apple BYOD Information Technology Computers Avoiding Downtime Cybersecurity IT Solutions Firewall Automation The Internet of Things Artificial Intelligence Current Events Router Going Green Best Practice History Spam Big Data Managed IT Services VPN Remote Computing Telephone Systems Facebook Trending Social Engineering Phone System Wireless Technology Employer-Employee Relationship IT Consultant Health Application Collaboration Hacking Printer Lithium-ion Battery Office Money Budget Proactive IT Excel App Bandwidth iPhone Mouse Networking How To Business Managament Office 365 Applications Content Filtering Productivity Fax Server Two-factor Authentication Windows 10 Mobility Maintenance Windows 8 IT Support Unified Threat Management Recovery Business Intelligence Website Private Cloud Customer Relationship Management Redundancy Training Humor Hard Drives Outlook Law Enforcement Gmail Tutorials Virus Encryption Sports Value Mobile Device Information Phishing Apps Google Drive Data Protection Blockchain Managed IT PowerPoint Antivirus Word Data Security Analytics User Error Downtime Office Tips Voice over Internet Protocol Data Management File Sharing Memory Inbound Marketing Compliance Flexibility IT Management Conferencing Servers Entertainment Search Settings Tablet Retail Administration Twitter Human Resources Software as a Service Digital Payment Analysis Document Management Social Networking Computer Repair Streaming Media Risk Management Tech Support Managed Service Network Congestion Vulnerability Connectivity Scam Saving Time Administrator Save Time Identity Theft Meetings Workers Telephone System Credit Cards DDoS Social Best Available Data loss Bluetooth Access Control Solid State Drive Black Market Smart Tech People CES Touchscreen Fraud Spam Blocking Samsung Instant Messaging Webinar Machine Learning IT Plan Wireless Physical Security Environment Cleaning Password Online Currency Help Desk Public Cloud Content Management Recycling SaaS Point of Sale Biometrics Education IT service Unsupported Software Infrastructure Video Surveillance OneNote Statistics Data storage Hacker Paperless Office Update Piracy Data Storage Programming eWaste IBM Skype Internet Exlporer Comparison Leadership Keyboard Telephony PDF Google Docs Safety Wi-Fi Virtual Assistant Work/Life Balance Data Breach Augmented Reality Intranet USB Windows 7 HaaS End of Support Running Cable Robot Computer Accessories Wearable Technology Government YouTube Shortcuts Root Cause Analysis Data Warehousing Specifications Reputation Inventory Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Net Neutrality Tablets Start Menu Theft eBay Healthcare Digital Signature Alerts IoT Supercomputer Windows 8.1 Update Hiring/Firing Regulations Evernote Internet exploMicrosoft Wireless Internet Warranty Computer Fan Windows Media Player Virtual Desktop NarrowBand NIST Display HBO Thought Leadership E-Commerce Cost Management Travel Criminal Electronic Health Records Debate Millennials Customers Line of Business Upgrades Analyitcs Mobile Cortana Uninterrupted Power Supply Text Messaging Customer Service Multi-Factor Security Strategy Work Station Knowledge Wireless Charging Advertising Gaming Console Wire Microchip FENG Chromecast Cryptocurrency Consultant Frequently Asked Questions Distributed Denial of Service Files Content Filter Camera Patch Management Screen Mirroring Workforce Authentication MSP 360 Emails Professional Services Google Apps Cameras Lifestyle Insurance Flash Fiber-Optic Notifications Smart Office Electronic Medical Records Laptop Safe Mode Business Owner Licensing Tip of the week Amazon Colocation Storage Windows 10s HVAC Charger Cast IT Security WIndows 7 Telecommuting SharePoint Nanotechnology Remote Worker Virtual Reality Tools Shadow IT Print Server Printer Server Shortcut Practices HIPAA Sync Cables Hybrid Cloud Search Engine Hiring/Firing Touchpad Accountants Business Technology Remote Support User Windows Server 2008 Amazon Web Services IaaS Computing Infrastructure Webcam Addiction Virtual Private Network nternet Crowdfunding Worker Commute Enterprise Content Management Computer Care Managing Stress Domains Software Tips Remote Work Relocation Wiring Hosted Solution Bloatware Password Manager Legal Law Firm IT Macro Monitor Hosted Computing Proactive Company Culture Science Unified Communications Students Bing Staff PC Care Online Shopping Cache Project Management Audit Co-managed IT 3D Password Management Scheduling Devices GDPR Netflix LinkedIn Entrepreneur Botnet Business Mangement Experience Battery Content Two Factor Authentication Video Games Emergency eCommerce Worker Music Regulation Audiobook Scalability Assessment Rootkit Politics Utility Computing How to Television Thank You Printers Transportation Troubleshooting Webinar Techology Automobile Public Computer Congratulations Benefits IT solutions Employer Employee Relationship CrashOverride Smart Technology Loyalty Books

Sign up for our Newsletter!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *