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3 easy steps to IT housekeeping (article)

Spring IT cleaning as easy as 1-2-3

Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and spring is in the air. Yard sales will soon become Saturday morning’s most prolific event. Here are a few tips for your IT spring cleaning adventure and to prepare for a more productive 2017.

  1. Examine your infrastructure: Take a closer look at your needs. A big part of spending your 2017 budget effectively is understanding what needs to be upgraded or added most urgently. In order to do so properly, you’ll need to assess your environment. Take a detailed inventory including not only server, switch and storage components; but also the power infrastructure, cabling, and environmental aspects of your IT infrastructure.
  2. Define fault points: Reducing points of failure within your IT infrastructure is critical to maintain business continuity. As you’re preparing to deploy new equipment or evaluating the needs for your 2017 spend, take a moment to recognize potential points of failure:
    • Has your UPS been alarming over the past few months, begging and pleading for a new battery? It may be time for battery or even unit replacement.
    • Have you repeatedly received over temperature alarms within your rack enclosures? Take this time to more properly balance your equipment within the rack in hopes of alleviating these problems.
    • Have you been paying close attention to power consumption? Take a close look at, not only your UPSs, but your monitoring software and rack power distribution units (PDUs). Take advantage of the capabilities your technology offers. For instance, turn off unused outlets on your PDUs and better control your power utilization if possible.
    • Have you checked all plugs and connection points? Take a moment to make sure all plugs and connections secure, as well as electrically sound from a safety standpoint.
  3. Tidy up while you’re at it: As your adding, removing and relocating equipment within the rack address any needs you have around cable management. Tighten and replace cabling where applicable and free space behind the cooling components of your server, storage and switch components to better improve airflow Utilize cable ties to secure network and power cabling infrastructure to the sides of your enclosure.

IT maintenance is a must, whether it’s your network closet itself or the equipment that resides in it, so try to schedule a reoccurring time to do some technology housekeeping. It will not only help you on a daily basis, but it will look like you truly value your company’s investment. Who doesn’t like getting kudos from the boss? I hope these 3 tips are helpful reminders that you can put to use. What are some of your most efficient cleaning tips?

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