Top-of-Rack (ToR) network switches very rarely fail but are prone to causing downtime when they do - one failed switch can take an entire rack offline. While affordability and small footprint make ToR switches ideal for most modern data centers, their low total cost of ownership is at risk of being offset by the high cost of downtime. Maximize the value of your switches by maintaining them with the following factors in mind.

At best, unplanned data center downtime is extremely inconvenient. At worst, it is the end of your business. Either way, IT downtime has never been costlier ($8,900 per minute on average). And ironically, the top source of those disruptions is failing uninterruptible power supplies. Take these UPS best practices to heart, and avoid being part of that statistic:

Data center power distribution can feel like the New York City subway. So many different lines. What goes where? Getting on the wrong train might get you lost, but improper wire placement leads to unbalanced loads and possibly even surges that can cause costly outages or damage equipment.

Maintaining allowable temperatures accounts for 40 percent of all the energy used in a data center.

Data center operators must therefore take every measure to ensure that cooling and airflow within a facility is optimized. A good starting point is understanding the difference between active and passive systems, and knowing which is right for your facility.

Enhanced collaboration, scalability and the low costs of IT infrastructure maintenance have proven godsends for organizations switching to cloud deployments. It’s not surprising, then, that spending on public and private cloud infrastructure equipment increased significantly (21 percent) in 2015.

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