Data Centers

Data Centers

There are four different types of data centers that are individually designed for a business model, handling its own operations, problems and issues. These four types are:

  • Corporate data centers
  • Web hosting data centers
  • Turnkey Solutions data centers
  • Data centers that use technology to Web2.0

In addition to the different types of data centers, each one can offer various options that could be significantly different from one data center to the next. Those options include:

  • Bandwidth type
  • Level of server virtualization
  • Data storage technology
  • Overall size of the data center
  • Use of Layer 2 or Layer 3 for traffic control purposes at the top of the rack

Data Center Maintenance
Data centers are judged by their ability to continuously provide operational procedures for the networks that they provide support to. Providing a healthy network environment requires a regularly scheduled program of monitoring and maintaining the center. By having a checklist in place, you can ensure that the servers will continue to run at optimum efficiency while eliminating problems that may develop due to a lack of proper maintenance.
The list of things that can help to properly maintain a data center can be lengthy but will prove as an invaluable tool. Some of the things to check for can be data center cleanup, checking UPS and batteries, checking on static switching equipment, and infrared power connection scanning. Additionally, there will need to be a physical inspection on power and data cables.

Keeping to a regular preventative maintenance schedule will help to reduce downtime and can keep job performance at peak levels.

Data Center Support
Running a data center can be overwhelming and extremely complex. Operation of day to day procedures can require a round the clock support strategy. Whether it’s training, onsite support, remote monitoring, or simple maintenance and warrant issues, there will need to be a solid line of support to keep up with operational demands.

An understanding of how critical a data center is can create continued success for a business. A support structure will allow for more time to be spent on core competencies as opposed to personally attending to data center issues. No matter what the needs are for a data center, taking the time to create customized solutions will help to provide power, security and flexibility when it comes to maintaining a data center.
Data support can come in many different variations and can include:

  • Data center environment migration
  • Technical equipment implementation
  • Network design
  • Server deployments
  • Hardware installation and maintenance

The goal should be to have a fully managed solution for production and the surrounding environment. By documenting, reviewing, and restructuring the current data center, the center can work with minimal disruption, and reduce the chance for disaster relief. Building a great support structure will help a data center run efficiently and proficiently.

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David Peterson

David G. Peterson is a business consultant and author of Handling the Remedy. He has extensive international experience managing projects and operations for large financial institutions. He has worked in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia skillfully managing business and technical requirements, core systems enhancement and support, merger and acquisition integration's, business process reengineering, off-shoring and outsourcing.