The most common question asked about server maintenance is how to keep them running smoothly and effectively for many years. Two of the not-so-obvious answers are temperature and humidity. While maintaining these environmental conditions is critical to server uptime, it is vital that—when temperature or humidity rise—you know about it before it’s too late. Let’s consider the importance of monitoring your servers.
Is it possible to believe that 75 percent of businesses don't have some form of virus protection? Of course not! Yet recent studies show that 75 percent of companies don't monitor their most critical computing equipment. A business' server room is as much a critical asset as its data or physical office space. If your servers are down, so will your ability to conduct business.
Monitoring your server should be a top priority for South Dakota businesses to focus on. It's fair to say that server monitoring should be considered part of your protocol to ensure your business resilience. In our current business environment, reduced office staffing levels could negatively impact the ability to respond to a server room emergency if temperatures or humidity spike.
A dedicated monitoring system will allow your organization to have the confidence your servers are operating safely and securely, without having to rely on the luck of a team member stumbling into a situation and sounding the alarm. Instead of relying on luck, rely on KT Connections and our active monitoring system to ensure your servers uptime.
Server sensors monitor a wide range of events, including temperature, humidity, power fluctuations, water, fire, room entry, and much more. Unchecked, these environmental conditions can cause a wide range of issues impacting your servers and disruption of your business operations. Let’s highlight a few...
Temperature: Heat is the main culprit when it comes to server failure. Not only should your sensor monitor the temperature in your server racks, but also the ambient room temperatures. Without monitoring both sources of heat, there's a chance your server will reach critical temperature before you're aware of the issues. Here are 7 ways to cool your server room.
Water: Unsurprisingly, another risk to your servers is liquid infiltration. Water can enter your server room via various means, ranging from poorly vented air conditioning, flooding rain from a thunderstorm, to a broken water pipe in the ceiling. Suppose you're maintaining proper server room security and keeping everything behind a locked door. In that case, chances are there is little interaction with your server room and staff members and there can be a considerable time before a leak is discovered and addressed.
Humidity: Besides heat and water, incorrect humidity levels can wreak havoc with your server’s reliability and longevity. For example, if your server room is too dry due to lack of humidity, you increase the possibility of electrostatic discharge (ESD) building up in the room. Too much humidity can increase condensation and corrosion, shortening the life of equipment.
Consider physical security - while monitoring for theft can undoubtedly be a consideration, the main reason is to capture the amount and type of traffic which enters your server room. Doing so will allow you to document unauthorized entries and to set up policies that will help your server room remain secure.
To maintain a stable environment, your server room needs to remain in as much of a constant state as possible, and when its door is opened, the environment can become compromised. While web cameras are popular for capturing South Dakota's people and places, they can also serve as an invaluable resource when it comes to monitoring your server. However, it is essential that you choose the correct type of security camera (something our consultants can assist you with). To go one step further, security cameras are essential to keeping an eye on your business.
One final critical element to maintain your servers is ensuring they can remain up and running in case of a power outage. Offering mere minutes or hours of emergency power, a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) protects your computer equipment from power outages, brownouts, and bad weather. A UPS device allows your business enough time to switch to standby power sources or to properly shut down your servers, preventing any damage the sudden loss of power could cause.
Just a reminder, UPS devices, power strips and surge protectors are different devices, although they can share similar traits. With winter coming to South Dakota, Rapid City businesses should begin developing an extreme weather plan including their business continuity and remote work options.
In today's challenging business environment, being in the know is the best way to keep your business running efficiently. By monitoring not only your server but your technology in general, KT Connections will make sure you won't be caught flat-footed, allowing your competitors to get a step ahead.
Take a moment to schedule a consultation to learn more about Rapid City's technology experts and how we can help your business become more productive even during these unprecedented times. Call 605-341-3873 today.