One of the most crucial and challenging tasks that lie ahead of an IT director is planning, creating and building a data center. To make sure that this task is performed in the best possible manner, a data center checklist for reliability can help a great deal. The size of a data center can range from something as small as a single room to an entire building. But irrespective of the size, there are some basic requirements that need to be fulfilled. To make sure that the data center is designed in the possible manner, here is a checklist of factors that you must consider.
The first thing that you must keep in mind is to understand all the possibilities that can cause failure. While there can be several reasons for failure, there are certain areas that are cited as the most common reasons for failure. Environmental problems, software or hardware failure, operator or procedural errors are some common factors or areas that could lead to a possible failure. Other important factors that need to be considered include poor reliability of the network and breach of security such as possible hacker attacks.
Now this was the technical front of the reliability check, there are several other environmental considerations too that need to go under the scanner. Like every other office or any other workplace, a data center too must possess certain physical and architectural design features. One such feature is making enough space for adequate air supply. Great care should be taken to ensure that the temperature falls between 20 to 25ºC and the humidity ranges between 40 to 60 %.While excessive humidity can cause the condensation of water on internal components, too dry an air can lead discharge of static electricity.
One thing that you must make certain for in your reliability checklist is ensuring that you install hardware and software that is tested and quality assured. A problem in one part such as an internal fan or storage disc automatically leads to problem with another part. Checking for the performance of the network and ensuring reliability can also help avoid many unwanted problems successfully.
Human error is always a possibility in operational issues. Thus an operation procedure needs to be devised that not just helps to maximize performance but also has scope of tracking malfunction. A regular back-up on each production server can help detect a problem in time and also ensure that the problem be fixed at its earliest without causing much of damage.
If you pay a little attention to each of these factors in this data center checklist then there is nothing to rule out hundred percent reliability of your data center design. A little more cautiousness is what is required.