Story image

Data center cooling maintenance crucial to avoiding a meltdown

30 Jul 2018

It’s a scorcher out there. On some days, the sun beams down with such ferocity that it feels like you’re on the verge of a meltdown – and now more than ever this can occur far outside the summer months.

Unfortunately, the hottest days of the year and the meltdowns that go with them can have catastrophic effects for those managing data centers in every part of the world.

At the heart of any functional data center is the requirement to keep hardware cool enough that it won’t overheat, malfunction, or just shut down altogether. This prevents downtime, service throughput, and inefficiencies.

Cooling also requires the most maintenance of any data center system such as power distribution, fire protection, and generators.

Data center infrastructure and service provider Vertiv knows the effects of heat on hardware all too well – their experts are often called out to help customers who have ageing cooling systems that are about to fail, or have failed already.

The company says that the ones on the verge of failure are generally systems that are poorly maintained, or they’re not maintained at all.

While saving money is always on a company’s agenda, it will most likely pay a steep price later on if data center maintenance cuts corners. It’s a case of ‘you get what you pay for’ – data center systems are only as good as their maintenance.

According to Keystone, well-maintained systems perform more efficiently and reliably, reducing the overall total cost of ownership. Ideally, you want to prevent cooling problems before they happen. One of the best options is to create a preventative maintenance schedule.

So let’s take data center cooling maintenance back to basics. Here’s what you can do to avoid emergency callouts and high repair costs.

Know your systems - understand what you’re working with and how it should be maintained. What’s the maximum cooling capacity of that data center and is it sufficient for the location?

Don’t always assume a general facilities business has the specialist skills - regularly check critical systems even if they are being maintained. These include computer room air conditioning units (CRACs), room and rack temperatures, cooling loops and chillers, and how the floor vents are arranged. Take the time to look at your systems to ensure they are being maintained to the standard you expect. Preventive maintenance can be available as a full service contract, or an inspection-only contract. Take the time to review the terms of these contracts. Engage with the equipment manufacturers or specialist data center services providers such as Vertiv. They can provide the people, knowledge, and expertise to keep your equipment at optimal performance and efficiency.

Learn more about Vertiv’s data center services now.

SAS partners with NVIDIA on deep learning and computer vision
“By partnering with NVIDIA, we combine our strengths to augment human intelligence and realise the true potential of AI.” 
Why businesses must embrace automation to ensure success
“For many younger workers, the traditional view of a steady job at one company, perhaps for life, simply doesn’t reflect reality."
Dropbox invests in hosting data inside Australia
Global collaboration platform Dropbox has announced it will now host Australian customer files onshore to support its growing base in the country.
TYAN unveils new inference-optimised GPU platforms with NVIDIA T4 accelerators
“TYAN servers with NVIDIA T4 GPUs are designed to excel at all accelerated workloads, including machine learning, deep learning, and virtual desktops.”
Worldwide spending on security to reach $103.1bil in 2019 - IDC
Managed security services will be the largest technology category in 2019.
How Cognata and NVIDIA enable autonomous vehicle simulation
“Cognata and NVIDIA are creating a robust solution that will efficiently and safely accelerate autonomous vehicles’ market entry."
Kinetica launches a new active analytics platform
"With the platform now powered by NVIDIA DGX-2, customers can build smart analytical applications that combine historical data analytics and ML-powered analytics."
Avi Networks: Using visibility to build trust
Visibility, also referred to as observability, is a core tenet of modern application architectures for basic operation, not just for security.