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How Raised Floor and Data Center Cleaning Helps Companies Prevent Server Downtimes and Save Thousands of Dollars!

How Much Can Data Center Server Downtime Cost Me?

Countless businesses rely on data centers for critical information, and when they go down the costs are staggering.

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that the average server downtime was just under two (2) hours, costing more than $7,900 per minute – that totals to over $900,000! Further data indicates a 41% rise in downtime costs since 2010.


What Causes Data Center Server Downtime?

Cyber-crime and human error aside, other leading culprits are battery failure, equipment failure, heat-related outages, and environmental related factors (e.g. room temperature, rust, humidity, and debris buildup from dust and dirt).


How Can I Prevent Environmental Server Downtimes?

The raised floor system that protects the sensitive wiring that your data center relies on, referred to as the Access Floor System, will incur debris buildup over time. Such debris, which includes dust and dirt, can insulate systems and lead to overheating, poor air quality, and environmental equipment failure.

Ultimately, having a Raised Floor Cleaning regimen in place is a long-term cost-effective and efficient solution that can prevent environmental equipment failure, and save your company thousands of dollars in server downtimes.


How Raised Floor Cleaning Works

To efficiently clean and remove dust and debris in a raised floor cleaning area requires extensive work. There are many factors to take into account, such as:

    • Proper care with the removal and reinstallation of your panels
    • Subfloor conditions
    • Structural and environmental conditions of your panel surfaces

A trained technician will know how to effectively clean raised floors by taking the aforementioned conditions into account. This is done by focusing on eliminating harmful dust particles that negatively impact the efficiencies of your data and computer server rooms by inspecting and cleaning the:

    • Floor surface
    • Track cleaning beneath the tile
    • Subfloor dust and debris removal
    • High dusting and cleaning – depending on need using telescopic tools and air lifts
    • Cleaning of server racks

Ultimately, as data centers continue to evolve, more and more companies are making it a priority to prevent environmental server downtimes. One way in which companies are able to minimize their risk is with the proper care and maintenance of their Access Floor System through a periodic Raised Floor Cleaning regimen.


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