Tim Sauer 11/15/19 1:00 PM

IT Disaster Of The Week (11-15-19)

Today's photo caption: Who needs Stove Top when we're served stuffing like this every day?  

Welcome back to Tech Service Today's IT Disaster of the Week series where we showcase the ugliest IT environment our technicians ran into this week. 

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, social media experts say it's pretty much a requirement to talk about turkeys and stuffing in whatever you post this month. So let's talk about the turkey responsible for stuffing all this IT equipment and cabling under this retail checkout counter.

Actually, I probably shouldn't call whoever originally installed this equipment a turkey because they might be a very nice person. But it certainly looks like they were in an awful hurry to complete this job. With no visible rhyme or reason to the way this equipment was placed in this space, I can imagine a comparable installation being performed by a tornado....or the Tasmanian Devil.

In case anyone has forgotten, our IT equipment and networks are what keeps our businesses running. So we can't treat them like dirty laundry that gets balled up and stuffed in a corner. Rather, we need to treat them carefully and with respect.

Using our featured disaster as an example, a proper installation would involve setting up each piece of equipment on its own shelf - regardless of whether you use the wooden shelves that originally came with this cabinet (a presumption based on the holes seen in both side panels), or you purchase vented steel shelves and mount them in a 19" network rack or cabinet (which would probably fit under this counter). 

When you stack devices on top of each other, it prevents heat from escaping the vent holes in chassis tops & bottoms thereby causing systems to overheat and fail. So, unless you're cooking a turkey in the middle of this jumbled mass of equipment, our disaster photo serves as an example of the wrong way to set up your retail store network.

If you need help installing your equipment the correct way, or you need help cleaning up an existing IT disaster, just give us a call and ask us to dispatch a skilled technician to your site...someone who only knows one way to install and maintain IT equipment and cabling: The Right Way.

Remember: It’s never too late to do the right thing, or to do things the right way.



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