Our ongoing World Of Servers series returned to Las Vegas last week and loaded up on knowledge at Data Center World. Here are five key lessons to take away from that event.
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In an ideal world, you'd locate your data centre wherever it was the cheapest to operate, and choose whether to build a new one, refurbish an existing site or move to an external host based solely on cost calculations. Reality is messier. Here are 10 key factors outside of basic expenses that can drive your data centre decisions.
If a server within a data centre isn't being utilised, then powering it down may seem like a sensible move. However, an inactive server can have an unexpected impact on your overall data centre running costs, since it can still be a conduit for air which can cause unexpected pressure management issues.
It's easy to measure almost any aspect of IT performance if you make the effort, but how do you convert that raw data into meaningful metrics that will impress your boss and perhaps increase your budget? Follow these basic guidelines to generate metrics and reports that are meaningful and career-enhancing.
Six months ago, Hurricane Sandy posed a major challenge for data centre operators across America's north-east coast, and the lessons learned by businesses in that area are useful for anyone trying to plan their disaster recovery (DR) strategies. Here are ten issues to keep in mind, covering everything from checking that your software licences are still valid in your DR site to making sure staff have access to essential medicines.
Today sees the official kick-off for Data Center World in Las Vegas, which I'm attending as part of our ongoing World Of Servers coverage. One theme that I suspect is going to recur a lot? The need to balance the requirements of IT pros who focus on the actual equipment that runs within data centres and those who are concentrating on the apps that get deployed within them.