Server Maintenance Accessibility
Server Rack Service & Accessibility
Servers are equipment, and as with all operating machines used by a business, they will need some form of maintenance at one point or another. Servicing or maintaining a server means keeping a server updated and running. This is typically the job of a network administrator, and usually involves preventive measures such as reviewing the server's performance, identifying potential security risks, implementing backup protocols, and installing system monitoring tools as well as properly adjusting or configuring them depending on changes in business requirements. These tasks are done regular intervals, the length of each interval depends in turn on the size and demands of the organization. Some organizations prefer to have server maintenance done by in-house personnel. To save on cost, however, you can also opt for third party providers.
Common Server Maintenance Tasks
Server maintenance tasks can be done on a monthly or weekly basis, some of these tasks include:
- Maintaining the web and email servers
- Migrating applications from one infrastructure or platform to another
- Converting data from one infrastructure or platform to another
- Maintaining the data center, network, firewall, database, applications
- Rebooting the server
- Testing UPS protection, backup, and restoration
Access to Your Server Racks & Equipment
As these tasks have to be done regularly, it is important that your network personnel have easy access to your equipment. Keep your server room organized and easy to access for maintenance work with Global 1 Resources range of server enclosures and accessories. These include Dell PowerEdge, HP, G1-Universal, Chatsworth, Compaq server enclosures that come in 47, 42, 36, 24, 22, and 14-unit cabinets. Global 1 Resources also has co-location server racks, custom server cabinets, KVM switches and cables, LAN station and work benches, mounting hardware, open frame racks, PDU's and power strips, rack fans, rack mount accessories, monitors, and shelves. Organizing is also made easy with our rack rail kits, studio-portable racks, and Telco 2 post racks, and those space-saving wall-mount enclosures.
How to Organize Your Servers
Server set up and maintenance depends greatly on the your organizations needs. Some businesses may need a pure server. Others will work better with cloud servers or virtual servers. After deciding on the server setup that works best for you, maintenance procedures should be the next thing you must tackle. If data is highly critical to your business, server backups should be done with tools such as DRBD or Heartbeat. This ensures continuity with a secondary server taking on the primary server load in the event that the latter fails. Backup cycles must also be defined, depending on your business needs. Server monitoring is your next concern. You can have software installed for this or you have access permissions managed. Finally, you need to implement server disaster management protocol for each function your server. All of these pointers work towards helping ensure that your servers well maintained and accessible to your business needs at the appropriate times and levels. Keep these pointers to heart and you will most certainly keep your business up and running.
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