Is it time to Spring Clean your Computer Room?

It’s that time of year when we all think about Spring cleaning our homes, but do we spend enough time protecting our business, and the valuable data it holds?

Rachel Warren, from Marketing Sense, sat down with Danny Shurey, National Service Manager at DCResponse, to understand the benefits of computer room cleaning and the positive impact it can have on all types of businesses.

Firstly, tell me about DCResponse?

DCResponse is a British company based in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire offering 24-7, nationwide data centre maintenance for the mechanical and electrical infrastructure of computer room/data centres, as well as offering an excellent range of power protection products and services. Most of all, the team here at DCResponse are passionate about keeping businesses’ computer rooms and data centres protected.

What is computer room and data centre cleaning?

The removal of dust particles, static and other contaminants from the room environment, with all areas (including sub-floor) being treated with anti-static solutions.

Why do computer rooms need to be clinically clean?

Studies have shown that around 75% of Storage and Hardware failure are caused by Environmental factors.

What are the benefits of computer room cleaning?

Reduced failure rate, consistent data availability, reliability and greater productivity.

What are the main factors that threaten Storage and Mainframe equipment?

Room temperature, humidity, carbon dust, concrete dust and rust.

How can dust affect modern equipment?

In modern Disk Storage systems, the hard disk head hovers just 12-13 millionths of an inch above the disk surface. By comparison, a cigarette smoke particle, for instance, is around 5 times larger than this gap between disk and head. If a tiny particle of concrete dust, invisible to the naked eye, blown by the Air Conditioning system from the sub-floor, lands on the disk head, it may well be enough to cause a read/write error or even cause the head to crash altogether.

How can I justify the extra cost of this environmental maintenance?

One hour of downtime can cost between £50,000 and £500,000 an hour. In comparison to these figures, the cost of this preventative maintenance is minuscule.

Can I use my own cleaners to decontaminate my room?

Yes. You could, but this would not be advisable. Computer room cleaning is no ordinary operation, the techniques, equipment and materials, that are essential when dealing with a computer room are not the same as those of office cleaning.

Will the day to day running of my computer room be affected?

No. All our staff are trained and will ensure that the room will continue to operate smoothly whilst a clinical decontamination and anti-static treatment is in progress. DCResponse ensures that the temperature and air flow remain constant.

Does your computer room need clinical cleaning? Contact Danny Shurey directly on, talk to one of our data centre consultants on 01993 708855 or find further details on our website