Manage

There is often a communications gap between those who are responsible for your physical data center (the facilities team) and those who are responsible for all the technology inside (the IT team). To manage a high-performing data center that is also secure and energy efficient, you have to bridge that gap and get your facilities team and your IT team to work together. You’ll probably want your CFO in some of those meetings as well.

When developing a comprehensive strategy to manage the data center, you want to keep tabs on everything you do now and will do later.

Listed below are factors that comprise a properly managed data center.

Capacity Planning
This includes high levels of resilience and high-density, ready rack space, plus resilient high-density power allocation that comfortably exceeds your expectations. 

Maps to Tier-III Guidelines
Look at the requirements for the Uptime Institute’s Tier-III standards for best practices, which include the following:

Multiple Locations
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Ensure that you have geographically dispersed sites so you can take advantage of replication and failover among sites.

Support
Align support from experienced technical personnel to assist with monitoring networks; diagnosing problems; and managing repair services that are on an emergency basis, scheduled for preventative maintenance, or in support of new installation needs. Comprehensive managed services can give you the peace of mind of knowing that your data center is constantly monitored. 

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