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Data Center Management Best Practices

Traditionally, the IT world used a component-based approach to data center management best practices. However, businesses issued it directives to control costs while still providing efficient management. This helped evolve an overall integrated cost-controlled data center management best practices approach based on experience.

The use of an integrated best practices approach to data center management involves efficient management of resources while still minimizing the costs of all the different interrelated competing factors that require attention. This approach is also consistent with the overall goals of businesses, which is to maximize turnover under tightly-controlled costs without defaulting on server uptime.

Finding the best way out through this approach increases the cost-effective efficiency of all the subsystems in a data center after weighing all the different interrelated considerations.

Based on the above considerations, the following best practices have been evolved for cost-effective data center management.

Using the best practices in managing data centers involves locating data centers in geographically cold areas to cut air conditioning energy costs. It also involves locating them near rivers or lakes to cut down on server cooling costs.

It involves use of standard 20 foot rack-based server container or blade-server modules using the grid-design and cloud computing approach. It involves use of Energy-Star rated green-power equipment having power factor of more than 0.9. It also involves the use of energy-efficient UPSs (uniform power supplies).

It involves the use of energy-efficient cooling equipment to pump and circulate the water for cooling the server racks and environment. It prefers use of kvm (keyboard voice mouse) switches-over-IP in data centers for networking as they have been found to the most cost effective while being efficient too.

The best practices management approach to physical and data security of data centers involves keeping their location completely secret in the first place. Secondly it involves minimizing direct access of personnel to data centers. This approach also involves the use of all sorts of sensors and intrusion-detection systems to nip in the bud threats due to hackers, thieves, dust, viruses, and fire.

This approach also means that predominantly authorized access to data centers for monitoring is made from remote locations from anywhere in the world using platform-independent web-based software. It therefore becomes important to ensure fail proof Internet broadband backbone for minimum server downtime.

The best practices approach also involves utilizing the per unit floor area of data centers to minimize cost while using the optimal density of servers thereon. It also involves the use of cost-effective but easily-replaceable and identifiable cable layout. It also involves the use of all safety precautions and compliance to government regulations and standards.

The best practices include planning for future expandability in all aspects of systems and subsystems of data center design. Such capacity planning involves the use of foresight and accommodation in design while controlling costs of such expansion.

One of the most important aspects of the best practices is to use server virtualization to effect efficiency and cost saving in server access and hardware. Data center management best practices also include attention to documentation, training, tools, and maintenance procedures.

John Jacobsen owns and operates [datacentermanagementguide.com cannot be found] Data Center Management guide to help you maximize the efficiency and reduce the costs of your data center.

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