Cost-effectiveness, availability, manageability, flexibility, and security are the five pillars of data center expectations. Thus, we can put together an infrastructure of the data center connectivity solutions, based on these three pillars of DC best practices.
Data centers must be operational at all times. In both reputational and financial terms, outages can be costly. Data centers need to be systematized in a way that prevents or at the very least identifies these issues, including the following:
- Designing a fire-resistant data center with a robust building structure is essential.
- The data center should have multiple links to power providers, ideally at different points in the facility.
- Battery backup and power stations in case of power outages ensure uninterrupted power supply.
- Hardware and software failover mechanisms for servers and storage.
- At various points, network capacity links enter and exit the system.
- Fire, Smoke, humidity, and flood surveillance systems, including under the raised floors of a data center, must be provided for all the equipment in the data center.
Providers of data center and colocation services must be financially successful. Customers want to save money. Data center operations, therefore, must be high-quality but also efficient and avoid unnecessary expenditures. To what end?
- Data storage tiers based on daily, occasional, or archival use
- Virtualization to increase the physical server and its productivity via virtual machines (VMs)
- Automated systems administration routines
- Analysis of cooling and power to prevent the formation of excessively hot or cold spots
- Weather-proof receiving docks, as well as convenient shipping and installation facilities
- Avoiding the dangers of nearby airports and oil refineries while still being close enough to access routes
Data centers, even if they don’t have a lot of room to grow, must be able to handle increased power and storage capacity, as well as peak user demand.
- The data center’s capacity to meet innovative technology with different cooling and power requirements.
- How easy it is to implement new operating processes or ways to meet new safety standards
- Adaptability to market requirements in floor layout, mechanical and electrical design.
- Overflow servers can be used to handle high demand for information.
It is very essential for the data center customers and teams to be informed of performance and potential issues via the following channels:
- Customer service agreements, including response times and escalation paths.
- In multi-customer DCs, service levels are monitored globally and specifically (per customer). Trouble tickets, Support requests, and alarms are registered and resolved quickly.
- A well-coordinated refresh of computing equipment for customers with a detailed plan.
- Currently and in the future, the need for reviews occur and certification (e.g. PCI, TIA-942, SAS 70)
Both the safety of employees and the confidentiality of customers’ data are important considerations in a data center’s checklist of infrastructure best practices.
- Physical safety, including safeguards for electrical and networking connections and cable vaults
- CCTV cameras, badges, motion detectors, ‘mantrap’ entrances, and data center security guards are all in place.
- Encryption, firewalls, SSL certificates, as well as virtual firewalls are all examples of security measures (for VMs)
- Customer systems are protected in cages with ceilings and locked cabinets are an option.
- Behavioral analysis, Intrusion detection and prevention systems, and alerts to staff
- Tested and Protected data backup procedures
- Reliable and complete data erasure methods are needed (old hard drives, contract terminations)
As the name implies, this data center connectivity solution’s list is a generalist’s guide. Call us at Rack59 Data Center as soon as possible.