Data center contamination is a major source of downtime, equipment failure, and damage in facilities across the United States. Regular cleaning, thorough contaminate removal, and general inspection are required to maintain both uptime and efficiency.
Unfortunately, according to several recent market studies, many mission-critical enterprises realize this only after a colossal outage or other system failure, resulting in damage not only to data center assets but also to customer relationships and business reputations.
Insurance premiums typically do not account for data center risk mitigation as it relates to cleaning, backup power, and cooling efficiency. Instead, they focus on other types of catastrophes, like fire and theft.
Data center experts note that cleanliness and lack of contamination, especially particulate and gaseous, are missing from most insurance industry checklists. Proper maintenance is also notably absent.
As a result, insurance companies’ calculations are off, and they are vulnerable to loss from companies that skirt best practice. Simultaneously, they are overcharging proactive organizations who adhere to standards like ISO, ASHRAE, ANSI/ISA as well as hardware OEM warranties.
Because adherence to these regulations and requirements can be easily measured, quantified, and reported (the ratio dust particles per cubic meter of air, for example), it would benefit insurance agencies tremendously to incorporate them into individual policies and their overall data center strategy.
To optimize your strategy as well as increase efficiency, reduce downtime, and lower energy use, regular visits from Critical Facilities Solutions should be a part of your data center's best practices. Critical Facilities Solutions provides services and products to minimize the risk and cost of contamination and decrease power usage required for cooling.