Data Center Failures
- October 22, 2009
It is important be aware of reasons a Data Center can fail or cause some malfunction cos it can cause you serious frustration and problems. If you are aware of the failures you will also become familiar how to solve and what to do when under attack. Sites retrieved data from Data Centres more then they retrieve from the computers running online, it becomes important that the Data Centers keep running. If a Data Centers goes down computers which earlier retrieving data from the data center from all over the world goes down. This is one of the worst ill-effects for your business, you may loss a great sum of money as well as your reputation. There may be many reasons why a Data Center fails or start’s malfunctioning. Some of them are:
‘Wear Out‘ Phase – A time when a Data Center approaches its end of its life that phase is called ‘Wear Out’ phase. Care and regular maintenance only add to its woes making it more slow and all the major parts finally stops working. If you look forward to avoid the tragedy which can be caused by the wear put phase start monitoring systems regularly.
‘Wear In‘ phase – Opposite to the Wear Out phase this phase dealts with the start of a Data Center. Many things may when they try to be fully operational. Start of the machines should be gradual, slow and with minimal use. It needs complete testing as to fix a problem system usage shouldn’t cross the barrier and became a problem itself.
Generators are often termed as heart of a Data Center, as 100% power can’t be possible 24×7. So when power goes out generators came in action. But if the generation goes out everything goes out.Metal Whisker – Most of the Data Center have the center hardware placed on metallic surfaces, this increase a possible threat of Metal Whiskers ( spontaneous growth of tiny hairs on metallic surface). These whiskerrs can cause short circuits in Data Center, which are more severe then virus for a computer system. These whiskers depends on the metal used for the base, as zinc will cause zinc whiskers, silver for silver whiskers and gold of gold whiskers. Solution for this problem is installing large fans at the base that will suck these whiskers. Other solution is replacing a the base material with some other material which is whisker proof. However the second one can cost you much as zinc tin e.t.c. Are traditional Data center base materials and replacing them is not a good idea.
Keep these faults in mind while working with a Data Center and be prepared for them. Prevention is better then cure.
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