10-02-2007 03:00 AM
What did it cost? How long did it take? How many people where there? Any tips on hiring the right contractor?
Any and all info is greatly appreciated!
10-02-2007 07:36 PM
Sorry for being a little bit offtopic, but I'd like to know if anyone uses something like this.
10-05-2007 12:45 AM
I think most of the companies I've seen doing the cleaning are just local cleaning companies with "special" cleaning procedures for the raised floor areas. I have seen a company hired to lift the floors and clean under them but I don't know who they were, how long it took them or what they were cleaning.
Maybe not much help but I think it's going to depend on what the needs of the data center are. If it's just surface areas then I would think it would be pretty easy but would have to be re-introduced quarterly because of the turnover in those companies.
10-08-2007 02:38 AM
Make sure they are experienced with data centers ! Otherwise you will discover how much damage can be done by a cleaning person with sensitive equipment.
Generally we do not have cleaning folks work in the data center....our DC is secured and kept locked down. We clean it. Yep, from Operators to Administrators - we clean it to ensure it is done safe and right.
Rita (UNIX Admin/SAN Mgr & DC cleaning crew)
10-25-2007 07:52 AM
as any good consultant would say, it depends on the size of your data center and what you want done. I strongly recomend using a 'Bonded Service' to help insure against damages, get references ( and contact them!) and make sure that you have someone watching over them...
05-13-2008 08:21 AM
It is definitely a job for a specialized company. The risk of an inadvertent press of a switch, crimp in a fiber optic cable, water spill or even fire suppression discharge is too high with general janitorial service or temp labor. Look for a national company with solid references plus full insurance.
I disagree with the poster who suggests using the IT crew to clean. Even if the IT team has the right equipment and has developed the right process--it just isn't their job. Besides the lost time, I have found it lowers moral when trained IT professionals are asked to clean under the floor tiles!
As for the specifics on time/cost, like all things "it depends". Data center size is the biggest factor, but equipment density, cable routing, current cleanliness, etc must also be considered. Most large cleaning firms can quickly develop a maintenance program that matches your need.