Leaky Pipes: Protecting Your Data Center From Water Damage

Leaky Pipes: Protecting Your Data Center From Water Damage

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Here’s a fun statistic – water causes 24% of data center outages. No, I’m not talking about humidity. That’s a completely different beast, and one we’ve already covered in the past.

Rather, I’m referring to actual water damage, and not from a storm or natural disaster. Look at the pipes in your data center. Ask yourself when they were last serviced. Are you keeping on top of maintenance?

If you aren’t, you could be sitting on a time bomb.

As you well know, water is anathema to electrical systems. Even a few drops can short-circuit an entire server or bring a host of critical systems offline. You need to keep it as far away from your infrastructure as possible.

And while it’s true that it may be the job of your facility manager to keep things properly maintained, they aren’t necessarily going to be the ones on the fire if your data center is destroyed.

“The last act of one IT administrator was to put our monitoring system in place,” explains Tom Goldman, CEO of environmental monitoring vendor NetBotz. “The previous weekend, on the 30th floor of a building, water tanks on the roof leaked, which destroyed everything in the data center. Most IT managers are unaware of environmental risks, and think they’re the facility manager’s job.”

How can you avoid being in the shoes of that hapless administrator? What can you do to prevent a few leaky pipes from bringing your whole facility to its knees? A few things, actually:

  • Install environmental sensors on all pipes and in all server rooms. This will allow you to monitor fluctuations in temperature, humidity, and electrical currents. More importantly, it will allow you to shut things down if water damage is a possibility.
  • Regularly service the water systems in your data center. They should be treated with exactly the amount of care you’d treat a critical server or a backup generator.
  • Don’t cheap out on parts. Bargain-bin piping might save you a bit of money in the short-term, but those savings will seem pretty hollow if those pipes cause your entire data center to crash.

Alternatively, you can host with Liberty Center One, and not worry about all those details. We handle all the technical aspects of running a data center, leaving you free to focus on your business, whatever that may be. And with us, you can rest assured that nothing’s going to bring down operations, be it a leaky pipe, a natural disaster, or a cyberattack.

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