It’s Easy to Avoid Data Room Disaster Posted on February 15, 2013 by Tim Burke I heard a story recently about the theft of servers from a data room. The company had locks on all outside doors, but had neglected to install a lock on the server room door. The thieves would probably have broken that lock, too. Yet the story reminds me how often data rooms get overlooked. The chief reason? Budget … more specifically, lack of budget. Put off by discussions about costly data center build-out or redesigns, many opt to do nothing, crossing their fingers, hoping nothing bad happens. Then something mundane occurs, like a failed air conditioning unit or insufficient UPS backup — and suddenly you’re faced with anything from the downing of expensive equipment to a total loss of power to the room. That’s when you find out how well — or if — your business functions without access to email and critical apps. Truth is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get true ROI on a data room upgrade. You can ask for and get the best environment and infrastructure possible within the scope of your existing facility. Perhaps all you need to prevent an IT meltdown are some environmental controls or a better way of organizing the room to accommodate needed new equipment. Don’t wait until a crisis. Talk to a trusted partner about your options. Learn more about Quest’s Data Center Services and solutions.