Articles Tagged: Data Center Operations

What value does data center infrastructure management software add to data centers?

I think we’ve all met him – the data center operator who can ‘feel’ how his data center is performing – he simply walks into the room, can hear if… Read more »

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Data Centers and Sailboats- “ Separating Wants vs. Needs”

By Mike Hagan I have been sailing for over 20 years, mostly on other people’s boats. Early on in our marriage, my very cool wife supported my goal of buying… Read more »

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Top 10 Mistakes in Data Center Operations

By Lee Kirby For years, the data center industry has accepted that human operational error, not poor data center design or engineering, is the number one cause of data center… Read more »

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3 Ways a Strong Data Center Operations Program is More Important Than Your Data Center Design

With your data center design in place, shouldn’t your data center run smoothly? As some of you may already have discovered, anything can happen to your data center, nomatter how… Read more »

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Data Center Operations Change Management

By Bob Woolley It’s interesting to me just how many data center facility engineering teams operate without a formal change management process.  Usually, you can’t even perform a change on… Read more »

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Data Center Operations, Baseball and Horse Racing

By David Gentry Don’t know if you have had an opportunity to read George Allen’s new book, “What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports,” but it’s worth the… Read more »

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Sausage Making and Digital Remote Monitoring Platforms

UsingEnglish.com explains the “watching sausage being made” idiom in this way: “If something is like watching sausages getting made, unpleasant truths about it emerge that make it much less appealing. … Read more »

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Bridging the gap – what can Hollywood teach us?

If you like tales of redemption and reconciliation, Kevin Costner’s baseball saga, “Field of Dreams” is schmaltzy, but kind of cool. If you haven’t seen the movie, it concerns a… Read more »

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Virtually sure isn’t sure enough for today’s data centers…

4 million or so people took delivery of a new iPhone 4S within 24 hours of release. In other news, sales of the company’s iPad tablets have increased by 166%… Read more »

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Takeaways of a Data Center Guy After Cloud Computing Wins the Preakness

Cloud computing, it seems, is cropping up everywhere – even in a 142-year-old horse race. Yes, in case you didn’t catch it, a horse named Cloud Computing won the 142nd… Read more »

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We’re Being Lean. How Did We Do Today?

It seems to be a standard part of the process when we make almost any online or offline transaction these days. The merchant wants your feedback about what they got… Read more »

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To Thrive in the IoT Era, Colocation Providers Must Drink Their Share of IoT Champagne

IT companies for years have talked – or even bragged – about how they “eat their own dog food,” meaning they use the products they make. Personally I never liked… Read more »

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Commanding in Combat: Lessons for the Data Center Manager

It is hard to imagine anything more “mission critical” than achieving your objectives, conserving your resources, and protecting the lives of the men and women under your command than when… Read more »

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Data Center Operations Change Management

By Bob Woolley It’s interesting to me just how many data center facility engineering teams operate without a formal change management process.  Usually, you can’t even perform a change on… Read more »

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Reports and Procedures: Crucial Elements in Reducing Human Error in Data Center Operations

It’s no secret that the single greatest contributor to data center downtime is human error, a fact we’ve mentioned in previous posts such as this one. You can’t spend enough… Read more »

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How to Shorten Your Data Center Design from 18 Months to 4

Modular Data Centers are dramatically shortening the data center design cycle from 18 months to as little as four months by using off-the-shelf, standardized subsystems. The goal of MDC providers… Read more »

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Documentation and Training: Crucial Elements in Mission-Critical Data Centers

As I wrote in a recent piece published in Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, mission critical data centers are just that – critical to the business they serve. Simply put, that means… Read more »

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When Stuff Hits the Fan: Preparing for Emergencies in Data Centers

Data center operations and maintenance teams must be prepared to act swiftly and surely without warning. Unforeseen problems can lead to injury or downtime. Good preparation and process, however, can… Read more »

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