Data Center design and maintenance risks and remedies!

Data Centers should offer resiliency and redundancy in any enterprise environment they operate, irrespective of the business vertical they are serving. Although, the Telecommunications Industry Association has given facility builders and managers a foundational process for evaluating risks involved in data center operations, there are far too broad to provide an accurate measure.

Here’s an article which serves as a reference point in offering a remedy to data center risks.

Data center design- The data center planning phase is a recommended point of entry for risk assessment. This includes selecting an optimal site location, identifying IT needs, evaluating what risks should be mitigated, eliminated or accepted and designing the infrastructure as per the available resources. Once the facility is built, maintenance and disaster recovery plans should be implemented.

Selecting a location- While evaluating a data center location, understanding and mitigating the geographic location, regional natural resources availability, and costs associated with maintenance will lessen the effects of downtime to a large extent. Climate, electricity rates, incentives and regulation should all be considered as well.

IT Needs- In order to identify the IT needs; data center managers should first clarify the functions of a data center.

  • Will the facility be used for supporting critical transactions?
  • Or will it be used to store critical data?
  • Or will it act as a simple failover facility?

The above said categorizations will help operators determine the necessary level of IT infrastructure and understand what installed IT equipment requirements must be met to maintain uptime, including power and energy reliability.

Risk testing- By running operational failure tests, data center operators will be able to define what impact each scenario has on power and cooling to IT equipment. In most cases, the risk testing also helps in analyzing business continuity solutions such as disaster recovery.

Design- After figuring out what the data center will be serving for and where it has to be deployed, the designing phase gets simpler. Also by evaluating the above said factors, data center engineers can determine whether a traditional or prefabricated build will best suit their needs.

Maintaining a data center- If deploying a data center is a big issue, maintaining it will also be a tough task, as it has to balance IT requirements and risks with efficiency. Unlike commercial data centers, federal data center facilities must adhere to very specific regulations. Two such federal directives are the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the more recent Executive Order 13514 that details sustainability goals.

For federal IT departments seeking ways to centralize and optimize their existing resources, technologies like server virtualization and storage consolidation will helping them in cutting down costs by achieving power reduction goals.

While saving money is important, downtime can be utterly unacceptable for many agencies. It is often significantly less expensive to commit upfront costs to mitigating the risk of downtime, than it is to spend resources recovering from an event.

At the same time, disaster preparedness plans are crucial to ensure optimal facility performance and avoid the costly results of downtime like financial strain, customer/user backlash, reputation damage and loss of productivity. Comprehensive disaster preparedness plans should consist of preparation and prevention, detection and incident classification, response, mitigation and recovery. These plans can be made effective, only when they are written and regularly updated as appropriate.

Now, if you have a company and need a data center without the above said risks approach Dynamic Network Factory. This company has deep knowledge in cabling and infrastructure, power and cooling, rack layout and design, security and management practices. All of these elements, put together in the right way, can make for long-lasting IT systems and offer true operational efficiency for your company.

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