You can find articles that tell you the obvious (no drinks/food/cameras/cardboard) but few actually delve into the real do’s and do not’s of being inside a data center, either shared or a dedicated private data center. Here are a few real world things to remember:

  1. Mount ALL equipment properly to the rack, DO NOT set on top of other items
  2. Place all heavy equipment at the bottom of all the racks
  3. Respect cool aisle/hot aisle configurations to achieve maximum cooling efficiency
  4. When removing equipment, use BOTH HANDS to pull from rack to prevent the equipment from falling
  5. Run all power and networking cables cleanly through available wire management
  6. NEVER use zip ties
  7. Label EVERYTHING
  8. Secure all power connections in the equipment with vendor provided power clips, if provided

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