Ch 8: Understanding Data Centers

About This Chapter

Access lessons that help you further develop your skills in the area of data center management. Text lessons provide brief overviews of strategies focusing on consolidation, security, migration and networking of data centers.

Understanding Data Centers - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you have the opportunity to review what you know and learn more facts about data centers. Brief but informative lessons cover standards and practices relating to data center design, architecture, risk assessment, consolidation and virtualization. You'll learn about data center tier levels, classifications and automation.

We make the learning process easy by providing short lessons that are presented by experienced instructors. Lesson transcripts are printable so you can use them as reference guides, and quizzes at the end of each chapter are self-assessment tools that allow you to gauge what you have learned and what you might need to review.

How It Helps

You might take the next step in your IT career by strengthening your knowledge of data centers. The ability to safely manage critical data is important to most companies and possessing the skills needed to oversee this operation could reinforce your value to a new or existing employer. You can implement what you've learned in this chapter to improve the data management functions of your company.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the aspects and standards of tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 data centers
  • Compare data center tier levels
  • Understand the benefits of and strategies for data center consolidation
  • Define virtual data centers and the architecture of visual data centers
  • Describe the levels of and requirements for data center security
  • Grow data center capabilities through networking and migration
  • Manage data center bridging
  • Assess the risks associated with data centers

18 Lessons in Chapter 8: Understanding Data Centers
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Data Center Tier Levels: Standards & Classification

1. Data Center Tier Levels: Standards & Classification

Not all data is created equal. This lesson on data center tier levels shows the different standards of data centers with respect to the reliability of the data stored on a data center's servers.

Tier 1 & 2 Data Centers

2. Tier 1 & 2 Data Centers

Not all data centers are created equal. In fact, many of them are geared towards companies that don't necessarily need perfectly reliable access to data, such as Tier 1 and 2 centers. In this lesson, we will define Tier 1 and Tier 2 data centers.

What is a Tier 3 Data Center? - Definition & Requirements

3. What is a Tier 3 Data Center? - Definition & Requirements

Tier 3 data centers offer a significant jump in reliability and features from lower tiered data centers. This lesson focuses on what sets Tier 3 data centers apart.

What is a Tier 4 Data Center? - Requirements & Design

4. What is a Tier 4 Data Center? - Requirements & Design

This lesson will cover the requirements and design necessary for a Tier 4 Data Center. Organizations rely on their data and cannot afford to have outages. A Tier 4 data center is the most robust and reliable.

Data Center Tier Levels Comparison

5. Data Center Tier Levels Comparison

Different data centers are rated at different tiers based on the type of reliability and security that one can expect from their equipment. The different tiers cater to individuals, multinational corporations and everything in between. We'll look at what each tier has to offer in this lesson.

Data Center Consolidation: Benefits & Best Practices

6. Data Center Consolidation: Benefits & Best Practices

Data center consolidation can bring many benefits. This lesson will list these benefits and provide a summary of the industry's best practices for enabling success in this type of project.

Data Center Consolidation: Plan & Strategy

7. Data Center Consolidation: Plan & Strategy

As information demands change, there is a need to take stock and consolidate. In this lesson, we will take a look at data centers, what consolidation is, and consolidation plans and strategies.

What is Data Center Virtualization?

8. What is Data Center Virtualization?

Data center virtualization is often a fuzzy concept that's not easily understood. Simply stated, it refers to a data center consolidating what it does into less equipment. We'll look at this concept, along with some of its characteristics and a real world example.

What is a Virtual Data Center?

9. What is a Virtual Data Center?

Data centers are common in North America. The latest iteration, a virtual data center, builds on its older cousin. In this lesson, we'll take a look at both, what they do, and why they are useful.

Visual Data Center Architecture

10. Visual Data Center Architecture

We live in a visually-oriented world, so it makes sense that data centers will eventually move in that direction. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the visual data center, how it differs from the regular version, and what the architecture looks like.

Data Center Security Levels

11. Data Center Security Levels

A Data Center requires multiple security provisions to keep the resources within protected. This lesson reviews the various physical and technical requirements that a data center should employ to enhance security.

Data Center Security: Standards, Best Practices & Requirements

12. Data Center Security: Standards, Best Practices & Requirements

Data and information forms a key part of our daily lives. Put to good use, it has immense benefits; in the wrong hands, it's a deadly weapon. In this lesson, we will learn what a data center is and how data centers are protected.

Data Center Network: Design & Architecture

13. Data Center Network: Design & Architecture

Storing, manipulating, and giving access to information is important these days. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the data center, its network, the design of the network, and the network's architecture.

Data Center Migration: Project Plan, Checklist & Steps

14. Data Center Migration: Project Plan, Checklist & Steps

Moving data centers is a significant process which requires planning and documentation. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the data center, data center migration, project plans for migration, and the checklist/steps needed for migration.

Data Center Migration Strategy & Tools

15. Data Center Migration Strategy & Tools

Replacing the old with the new is a fact of life. It holds true for data centers as well. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the data center, a migration strategy, and some tools used in data center migration.

Data Center Risk Assessment: Checklist & Questionnaire

16. Data Center Risk Assessment: Checklist & Questionnaire

In the lesson, we will learn about a data center, its systems and components, and the common risks it is susceptible to. A checklist and questionnaire have been developed to highlight the necessary standards expected for a data center while exposing the weaknesses, if any.

Data Center Automation

17. Data Center Automation

Business today is constantly striving to do more with less. It is one way they increase profits. In this lesson, we'll take a look at one method, data center automation, what it is, and why we would want to use it.

Data Center Bridging

18. Data Center Bridging

We use information in vast amounts, and require some method to process it all. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the data center, what it is, and what bridging means with respect to them.

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