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Tips for cleaning data-center gear in response to coronavirus

People are washing their hands, countertops, and nearly everything else in an effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In a recent trip to the supermarket I found plenty of bread and milk, but the cleaning-aisle shelves were bare.

While it’s easy to keep your desk clean, what about your data center? People go in and out and touch things all the time. Rubber gloves are an option, but they can be a nuisance when working with gear or touch screens.

Dell has come up with some guidance for cleaning its data center products. It’s well timed, as data-center operators are tasked with implementing access and cleaning procedures in response to COVID-19.

It’s a real issue. The two biggest data center and colocation providers, Equinix and Digital Reality Trust, are restricting visitors to their facilities for the time being. Since the hardware in colocation data center is owned by the clients, they have every right to visit the facility to perform maintenance or upgrades – but not for now.

Meanwhile, data-center staff have been declared essential and are exempt from California’s “stay at home” order, so like grocery store and banking staff, data center workers can go to work.

Right off the bat, Dell acknowledges that its data center products “are not high touch products,” and that data centers should have a clean room policy where people are required to sanitize their hands before they enter.

Copyright © 2020 IDG Communications, Inc.

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