People are adopting various measures like washing their hands, countertops, and almost everything else to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, to sterilize the data center in response to coronavirus is a tedious task.
Dell has reached up with some guidance for cleaning its data center products. The data center operators are scheduled with cleaning methods in response to the coronavirus spread.
The issue is crucial. For now, the two biggest data centers and colocation providers, Equinix and Digital Realty Trust are limiting visitor visits to the facilities. For time being the clients are restricted to visit the facility to perform maintenance or upgrades.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said that his list includes operations, jobs, and businesses that are exempted from statewide lockdown in California during coronavirus outbreak. The data center staff are also included in the list and hence they can go to work.
Cleaning Data Center
Dell claims that its data center products are not high touch products. However, the company advises the data center to have a cleanroom policy where before entering people should sanitize their hands. Dell recommends hiring a professional cleaning company that is expert in sterilizing data centers or else in the last case you can do it yourself.
Dell advises to turn off the equipments in data centers before starting the cleaning work. In most cases, it is not feasible to power off, so you clean external surfaces like handles and other common touchpoints. Also, avoid cleaning any internal components. Dell says to avoid cleaners with chlorine, such as bleach; peroxides; solvents such as acetone, paint thinner, benzene, methylene chloride or toluene; ammonia; and ethyl alcohol.
The company said for cleaning any external surfaces like handles and cabinets, a microfiber moistened with 70% isopropyl alcohol should be used.
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