Is Your Tech Summer Ready?

By admin | June 18th, 2015

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Spring and summer are synonymous with transformation – flowers blooming and everyone is getting into the spirit of Spring Cleaning. It’s also the time when academic calendars flip over to a new year, signaling a “fresh start” for establishing goals for your organization.

One of those goals – and Spring Cleaning initiatives – should be to ensure your IT infrastructure is “Summer Ready.” Sure, that’s a term that’s usually thrown around when people are discussing their beach plans, but your IT needs just as much attention – maybe even more – to ensure it’s running properly and that severe summer weather doesn’t wreak havoc on your plans.

Environmental Control: 

Most of the country is facing hot and humid weather at this time – and it is harshest for electronics. In fact, computers typically do not perform well at all in humid conditions, and while it may be fine for a day or two, long-standing humidity can cause significant damage to your equipment.

Similarly, electronics – like cars – can overheat and shut down when conditions get too hot, this is especially true of servers, which are sometimes kept in very small closed-off spaces. For optimal performance, ensure your equipment is stored in a cool, temperature controlled, dry environment.  Make sure the server fans are clear – both of dust and of obstructions (such as walls) that may inhibit their effectiveness for cooling the machine down. You should also consider:

Checking your air conditioning to ensure they’re working properly

Purchase a dehumidifier (if needed) to keep the server room dry

Regularly check air filters on your air conditioner and the dehumidifier to maintain a dust-free zone (as much as possible)

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity: 

This time of year can delivery severe weather conditions across the country. In some areas there are extreme droughts, which can quickly lead to wildfires that can quickly spread throughout areas damaging buildings. In others, there are tornados, severe thunderstorms, floods, or hurricanes.

Wherever you’re headquartered, chances are you’re in an area that’s going to experience some severe weather during the spring and summer; this is why it is so important to take a look at your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans. Especially if you’re located in an area that doesn’t normally experience harsh winters and this is the only time of year your company is at risk of losing power or suffering damage.

Remember to have a backup battery system for your equipment – including the age and functionality of the system, as well as running a test. A power outage is most likely during severe storms that can cause your power to flicker or go out temporarily. Having a backup battery will help protect your servers and equipment from power surges and will keep your equipment running until you are able to safely power it down during a power outage or the power is restored.

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