According to the Gartner Group, provider of technology related information and statistics, $5,600 a minute is the average cost of data center downtime, which amounts to a whopping $336,000 per hour. Obviously, this is devastating in terms of lost revenue and squandered productivity. In order to avoid downtime, data center customers say that regular service for the center’s cooling system is as important as keeping the UPS (uninterruptible power supply) humming.
Struggling to Keep Up
The cooling equipment has many mechanical parts, which will eventually break down and require replacement. A considerable amount of energy is also used, since the data center must meet the standards required by ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) to operate at a temperature of up to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. Consequently, in addition to being subject to equipment failure, an aging cooling system may not be able to keep up with the data center’s current energy requirements.
Regular Maintenance is Key
Many data centers contract with service providers in order to keep essential equipment in top shape. A cooling equipment professional, for example, can examine your system and identify trouble spots. Parts that will need eventual replacement include loose wires, dirty filters and humidifier bottles. Those that are approaching the end of their useful life can be changed out before they have a chance to break down.
Making the Most of Your Cooling System
Regular cooling system maintenance will benefit data center performance, which depends on this component’s efficiency. Because cooling equipment is so energy intensive, there have been some significant improvements in system design and efficiency in the past several years so that much less energy is used. Efforts as small as cleaning away leaves and other debris from condenser coils can be helpful, but replacing certain parts will also increase energy efficiency. When this is handled through a regular maintenance agreement, energy savings is often the result.
Choosing a Cooling Service Contractor
Because data center cooling systems are designed with many complex components, the individuals who service the equipment should be factory-trained, certified technicians. These professionals can properly diagnose any problems and resolve them before they have the opportunity to turn into outright disasters. Certified technicians will not only see that your cooling system operates at maximum efficiency, they will ensure that the product warranties remain effective. They can also recommend any changes or improvements that will enable your data center to perform at its best so as to avoid the threat of debilitating downtime.