Articles Tagged: Data Center Operations

Kicking Kafka out of Data Center Operations

My colleague tells me that he was at a conference in Europe and the speaker was relating how his company had been undertaking this big overhaul of its systems. It… Read more »

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Forming a Strategy to Deal with Big Data from the Internet of Things

When personal computers first came out they had no internal storage. The operating system was on a floppy disc that you needed to load; it was called a boot disk…. Read more »

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What the Hell (Heck?) are Digital Services?

A few months ago I was asked to research digital remote monitoring services and write a white paper to help educate our customers on the concept. One of the first… 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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Outsourcing data center operations for increased confidence and peace of mind

The ground-level expectation of outsourcing multi-vendor service contracts and optimizing data center operations is that your infrastructure will receive the care and expertise needed to operate efficiently and with minimum… Read more »

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DCIM For a More Distinct Flavour of Colocation Service

The English have a fondness for mustard. Not the brownish stuff that they eat in France, nor the green condiment that no respectable sushi would be seen without. Not even… Read more »

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Methodology Tames the Challenges of Data Center Transformation

Enterprises are taking a closer look at transforming their data centers to allow them to better handle the demands of disruptive information technology (IT) shifts and other key demands on… Read more »

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Minimizing Data Center Downtime Caused by Human Error

Despite all of the growing sophistication of today’s buildings and the systems that keep them operating, the majority of interruptions don’t come from equipment failure but human error. While data… Read more »

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Preventing Problems In Data Centers

Performing a data center facility “check-up” every three to five years is essential to assess and manage such dynamic factors as load growth, changes in types of loads supported, equipment… Read more »

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Data Center Orphans: A Server is for Life, Not Just for Christmas.

This should be the stuff of an international appeal; please send money – there are millions of IT servers out there that are slowly becoming orphaned. They have no-one to… 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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The 3 Common Pitfalls of Data Center Infrastructure Management

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are immensely valuable when it comes to operating a data center. With the right system in place you can see major cuts in operating… Read more »

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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Data Center Planning and Design

I recently had occasion to read a white paper that Schneider Electric put out some years ago about the mistakes companies make in data center planning and was surprised at… Read more »

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Careful Planning Is Essential for Data Center Fire Suppression

An effective fire suppression plan for the data center should be at the top of any facility manager’s priority list. In the event of such a calamity, the first priority… Read more »

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Podcast: Implementing a Low-Cost Energy Management Process in Your Data Center

“Many data centers use much more energy that they need to,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, VP Enterprise Software at Schneider Electric. But historically, data center managers have tended to be… Read more »

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Electrical Design and Maintenance Considerations in Data Center Disaster Avoidance

A sound disaster avoidance plan is crucial to ensuring the continuous 24x7x365 operation of a mission critical data center. The plan needs to cover numerous areas (as outlined in the… Read more »

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4 Types of Failures that Put Maximum Uptime at Risk – and How to Avoid Them

Maximum uptime is a philosophy. It begins with the planning of your facility and remains a continuous process through every step of design, construction, commissioning, operations, failure analysis and recommissioning…. Read more »

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Prove Your Data Center Knowledge: Get Certified Through Energy University

Certifications have long held value in IT circles, helping practitioners prove they know their way around everything from Cisco routers to Microsoft Windows operating systems. Typically, though, getting certified in… 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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Wells Fargo VP offers 3 Keys to a Successful Merger

In 2008, Wells Fargo embarked on the largest acquisition in banking history when it announced plans to snap up Wachovia. Thus began a 3-year effort to integrate the technology infrastructure… 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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EcoStream Offers the Benefits of CFD at a Fraction of the Cost

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is a valuable tool for data center owners and operators. By running a CFD analysis, you can see exactly how hot and cool air is… Read more »

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Methodology Tames the Challenges of Data Center Transformation

Enterprises are taking a closer look at transforming their data centers to allow them to better handle the demands of disruptive information technology (IT) shifts and other key demands on… Read more »

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Data Center Capital Cost Calculator – A Tool to Help Align Your Data Center Business Requirements with Your Project Budget

The data center capital cost calculator can be an invaluable tool to help ensure that a particular design will be in line with your project’s budget, whether it be a… Read more »

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Understanding Data Center Reliability, Availability and the Cost of Downtime

Here’s a sobering statistic from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.: 93% of businesses that have lost availability in their data center for 10 days or more… Read more »

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3 Costly Mistakes to Avoid With Data Center Operations Staff

For years we’ve been hearing that human error is the number one cause of data center downtime, or pretty much any IT failure for that matter. Yet many companies put… Read more »

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Everyone is Talking About DevOps, Can it be Used for Data Centers?

DevOps is quite simply a combined effort of software development and Information Technology operations.  It is a term used to refer to a set of practices, processes, and cultures that… Read more »

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The Data Center Services Lifecycle: Go Beyond Design/Build

When you consider the point in the lifecycle of a data center when people most typically think of the need for consulting services, it’s during the upfront phases—right at the… Read more »

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4 Types of Failures that Put Maximum Uptime at Risk – and How to Avoid Them

Maximum uptime is a philosophy. It begins with the planning of your facility and remains a continuous process through every step of design, construction, commissioning, operations, failure analysis and recommissioning…. Read more »

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