Avoid these common storage pitfalls

Megan Loncto, Associate Site Editor

Even if your data center features all the latest and greatest technologies, overlooking some of the most basic things could have you up against some unexpected downtime. Not to panic, though, most of the items you need to watch out for are more minor than major. To help you keep your network running smoothly, we asked expert W. Curtis Preston to share with us some of the most overlooked areas in a data center that can also be the most catastrophic. Take a look at this list and consider the most common pitfalls -- like making sure all your cables are properly connected -- to some of the largest, like ensuring all of your company's data is being backed up regardless of the user's location. Then read the accompanying articles in this week's featured topic to find out more information.

  • A clean environment. Keep your data center free from dust and make sure there isn't any debris that could possibly contaminate your tape drives.

  • Be well-organized. Clear, concise and proper labeling is key to keeping your data center organized so you know where your tapes are stored and which information is stored on them.

  • Keep your hardware cool. Making sure your hardware is cool and won't overheat is key to making sure that your equipment will run smoothly and you won't have to put your disaster recovery solution to the test.

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