The Importance of Proactively Managing Data Centre Cleaning
Data Centres are designed to host the sensitive IT equipment which forms the backbone of an organisation’s infrastructure. As a result, any unscheduled downtime has the potential to cause major disruption to a company’s systems and operations, not to mention the potential for lost revenue. It is therefore vital to maximise availability, minimise downtime and avoid the risk of invalidating hardware warranties – making data centre cleaning a must for any conscientious organisation.
Contamination within data centres builds up from internal and external sources. Left unchecked, contamination will, as a minimum, cause equipment to retain heat and at worse, cause equipment to fail. In addition, power requirements will increase as hardware works harder to keeps its environment cool a key issue within the data centre environment.
8 Solutions takes an extensive approach to its data centre cleaning services, which include cleaning of the subfloor void, floor surface buffing and cleaning of the equipment surface to provide a thorough preventive maintenance program for your computer room and ensure ISO 14644-1 Machine Room standards are met, in line with hardware manufacturer’s warranties.
If data centre cleaning has never undertaken in your facility, an initial service site preparation may need to be performed. This will include a data centre cleaning of the subfloor void, floor and equipment surfaces, as well as the pedestal and stringer substructure to ensure that your data centre is as dust and contamination free as possible.
8 Solutions uses only the most advanced and appropriate equipment available. In the data centre cleaning process, equipment surfaces are cleaned using takcloths, with highly interwoven fibres and where applicable vacuumed using three stage HEPA-filtered vacuums. In addition, the surface of the floor panels is cleaned using specialised anti-static equipment and solutions.
Most hardware manufacturers including Cisco, IBM and HP recommend the subfloor void is cleaned twice per annum by a professional data centre company, especially if air flow is being directed through the floor void.
8 Solutions can also provide disaster recovery cleaning services, with a 24 hour turnaround if needed, for refrigeration unit leaks, water leaks, flooding, fire, smoke or any other emergency.
Call 8 Solutions out of hours emergency line: +44 (0) 845 459 0278.