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Even Data Centres Need a Health Check!

13th, July 2020

Data Centre environments house critical processes that must remain operational. Without these critical processes, there would be a detrimental impact on the success of a company. It is important to remember that it is often significantly less expensive to invest in mitigating a risk of downtime, than to recover from the event after it occurs.

As the World starts to recover from the recent challenging pandemic, we will probably want to have a health check ourselves, even if it is to find out if we now have immunity to the virus. There is also a chance that your data centre didn’t have the PPM visits that were recommended due to no staff being on site to supervise Engineers. Unfortunately, the damage that may have occurred can often not be seen immediately and therefore it is beneficial to have a data centre audit, just like a health check!

Data Centre Audit Services are designed to provide a comprehensive review of your existing facility. It helps to identify both good and bad practice, helping you to protect against the risk of downtime and to improve data centre performance. If you have not been able to trade during the lockdown, cashflow is probably critical right now, and even though an audit is a cost, it is more of an investment that could save you money on utility bills which contribute significantly to the overall overheads of a data centre.

There are a range of Data Centre Audits available. A Data Centre Energy Optimisation Audit addresses data centre imbalance by fine tuning system settings and configuration arrangements with the aim of achieving optimum energy performance. Typically, the investment in a Data Centre Energy Optimisation Audit will be returned within a matter of months and continue to deliver ongoing savings for your organisation.

An annual PUE assessment is recommended where no fixed metering or measurement technology is in place. This Data Centre Survey will enable I.T and Data Centre Managers to accurately benchmark the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), Data Centre Infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE) and usage of the server room environment through direct analysis of power and energy consumption.

A Site Facility Engineer visit may also be a consideration to complement existing equipment orientated PPM servicing by ensuring that general supporting infrastructure is in good working order, especially if the servicing hasn’t been taking place. The Site Engineer will attend site to undertake a series of inspections, testing, lubrications, adjustments and repairs on a range of items.

Data Centre Audit Services help you to increase reliability, reduce human error and reduce total cost of ownership through reduced capital, operating and energy costs. For more information on Workspace Technology’s full range of mission critical consultancy audit and data centre survey services please contact our Sales Team on 0121 354 4894 or send us a message.

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