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Data Center: Best Practices & Strategy

Instructor: Kaitlin Oglesby
Running a data center is about much more than just making sure the little green lights on the servers stay on. In fact, it requires balancing between efficiency, reliability, new technology, and security. In this lesson, we'll be looking at the best practices and strategies when it comes to running a data center.

Why Follow Best Practices?

Data centers may seem to be a straight-forward thing to manage, but that could not be further from the truth. For the vast majority of companies, data centers themselves do not make money, so to a great degree their standing order is to run their operations as efficiently as possible. However, that efficiency must forever be making sure to maintain reliability, or else there is no point to having a data center in the first place! Therefore, maintaining best practices is of the utmost importance when running a data center. In this lesson, we'll see what those best practices look like across a number of different areas.

Keeping It Running

Foremost, the number one job of any data center is reliability. Even tier one data centers are expected to be running more than 99% of the time, while a tier four data center can have less than 30 minutes of downtime in a given year. That sort of reliability requires a great deal of investment. Very often, redundant power and network lines are ran to the servers, while backup generators and batteries are ready to power not only the servers, but also all the auxiliary equipment to keep them running well. Successful data center managers find a way to balance the demands of all these moving parts with the ultimate goal of keeping costs low.

The Servers Themselves

There is also the issue of the servers themselves. A state of the art data center is useless if its servers are ten years out of date. Therefore, a data center must make sure that its servers continue to provide clients or the parent company with the sort of processing and storage power that is required. Server rooms are intentionally built with room for expansion, and new racks of servers should be relatively easy to add to an existing room. Further, server racks should maximize space efficiency while providing the power, network, and cooling capabilities required of each server.

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