This issue highlights: The Top 5 Benefits of Preventive Maintenance
The Top 5 Benefits of Preventive Maintenance
From the smallest data closet to the largest enterprise data center, your approach to maintaining IT infrastructure is critical to the security, uptime and operation of your facility. The IEEE suggests that having a preventive maintenance program in place can reduce the risk of an unplanned outage by as much as 66%. Here are the top five reasons to make, and keep, Preventive Maintenance for your UPS, switchgear and cooling systems a priority.
1. Reduced Downtime
The best way to avoid costly downtime is to monitor the ongoing health of your IT infrastructure with regular preventive maintenance. Systematic inspections, testing and cleaning by trained technicians ensure the various electronic and mechanical components are functioning to their maximum potential. Any wear or potential failure can be identified and resolved before a failure happens.
2. Greater Energy Efficiency
Regular maintenance keeps a UPS, switchgear, and data center cooling equipment operating at peak performance, which reduces energy costs. When a UPS and its cooling system run optimally, it leads to greener, more efficient data centers, which can benefit the environment and your bottom line. Inefficient data center cooling is one of the largest contributors to higher utility costs. With increased pressure to minimize operating expenses, optimizing data center cooling can help reduce the utility bill and help the rest of the data center equipment operate efficiently.
3. Improved Performance
Regular maintenance ensures peak performance through scheduled check-ups that guide adjustments to your UPS components and battery, cooling system and switchgear. If any parts of the system are not operating normally due to age or wear, it puts more stress on the rest of the system, slowing performance and shortening the life of those parts.
4. Investment Protection
While the most obvious financial benefit of preventive maintenance is avoiding expensive outages and associated replacement costs, maintenance can also extend the operational life of your power and cooling equipment. Without proper servicing, even the best UPS is significantly more likely to fail when you can least afford it. By monitoring the UPS environment, load, and components, and keeping them in top condition, you can maximize the life of your UPS.
5. Increased IT Productivity
A trouble-free data center allows personnel to focus on core competencies and not get caught in time consuming lifecycle management. IT departments are under pressure to ensure uninterrupted power. Regular maintenance helps you deliver on that promise by keeping your UPS, data center cooling system and switchgear ready to run properly when needed. This improves the productivity of the entire organization.
An effective Preventive Maintenance strategy can be one of the most cost-effective measures to ensure the ongoing health of both critical equipment and overall business. Additionally, more comprehensive services can help you take maintenance to the next level. Not sure where to start? A Data Center Assessment is an on-site evaluation and analysis of your data center or network closet with recommendations to maximize availability, improve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related costs and can help maximize availability as a top priority.
In addition to regular preventive maintenance services, factory service plans are also available to cover the cost of labor and parts in the event of a problem with your power system, UPS, or data center cooling. This regular annual expense makes budgeting easier and eliminates the need to request emergency funding in the event of a failure.
For more information about our UPS Data Center Services, Risk Assessment Services, or other services to keep your facility up and running, call 800-876-9373 ext. 711 or send an email.