Monday, May 21, 2007

Take a Walk - In your Data Center

Every Data Center manager should assign a on-site staff member to walk the data center daily to check for problems. This IT guy should be checking for things like:
  • Those pesky flashing amber lights on raid subsystem and in host machines
  • The environment - high temp, hot spots, humidity
  • Audible alarms
  • UPS systems - move your hand over battery units to sense heat that may indicate a failing or overheating battery
  • Listen for noisy fans or hard drives that may indicate a impending failure
This proactive approach to Data Center management can help to head off disaster.

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