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Data Center Learning Guides

We've gathered a collection of our learning guides and tutorials on data centers. You'll find in depth information about data center planning and design, data center management, green data centers and more. Then, read on for more resources.

Need some basic information before you get started? See our definitions for data center, recovery, disaster recovery planning and green data center.

 

Our Learning Guides:

  • Building a Green Data Center -- Building an environmentally-friendly infrastructure, limiting power use and extending the life of equipment are necessary strategies in the data center. This All-In-One Guide offers tips and advice about green computing, energy efficiency, e-waste and more.

  • Data Center Design and Infrastructure FAQs -- This guide answers questions about data center design and infrastructure. Experts offer advice about uninteruptible power supplies (UPS), cooling, cabling and physical security.

  • Designing a Windows Server Room -- This guide covers the crucial elements of server room design, planning for expansion and growth, and building in intelligent overcapacity. Follow this eight-step plan to design a Windows server room that your company will be proud of.

  • Guide to Data Center Design and Infrastructure -- This All-In-One Guide provides information for designing, building and managing data center facilities. Check out our tips on data center room design, power and cooling infrastructure and energy efficiency.

  • Liquid Cooling Buyers' Guide -- Many data centers are welcoming liquid cooling into their infrastructures to achieve better cooling efficiency. This buyer's guide to liquid cooling in the data center looks at some of the available products.

  • Data Center Disaster Recovery -- In this guide, learn about the role of virtualization in disaster recovery, testing your capability and how to keep the power on in a regional disaster.

  • Disaster Recovery Planning and Operations -- In our tutorial on disaster recovery operations, learn about how to choose a disaster recovery facility, failover and failback in disaster recovery operations, virtual servers and DR, and outsourcing disaster recovery services.

  • Virtualization in the Data Center -- In this fast guide to server virtualization, you'll learn about the different types of virtualization being deployed, how server and infrastructure management has changed because of this technology, some of the different hardware and software offerings and more.

  • Data Center Metrics -- This Fast Guide includes a table of commonly used data center metrics and their associated formulas.

  • Data Center Virtualization and Energy Efficiency -- Data center virtualization and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand, and this guide has best practices on green data centers and virtualization.

  • Remote Data Backup and Recovery -- In this tutorial on data backup and recovery for remote sites, learn about options for remote backup including using in-house software, outsourcing to the cloud, WAN optimization, data replication and disaster recovery, and data deduplication and continuous data protection (CDP).

  • Data center virtualization: Consolidate and manage -- Data center virtualization can help midmarket organizations cut costs, consolidate servers and increase infrastructure ROI. But businesses must remain aware of security concerns and management risks.

  • Data Center Power and Cooling -- This data center power and cooling study guide is for IT solutions providers that help customers with their data center power and cooling needs.

  • Data Center Cooling -- This guide offers the latest advice from data center cooling experts. Stop wasting your data center cooling capacity; learn about high density cooling technologies in this guide.

  • Benefits of ITIL Implementation in the Data Center -- This section of our ITIL processes guide discusses the benefits of ITIL implementation in the data center.

We've got lots more information for you! Check out the full collection of Learning Guides and Tutorials to learn essential information on a wide range of subjects. You'll find guides and tutorials about storage and storage management, backup and recovery, and a wide range of other topics, including databases, networking, programming and much more.

Want more information about data centers? See our dedicated sister site, SearchDataCenter.com, or browse through our full collection of definitions of data center terms. Then, if you'd like to test your knowledge, see our data center quiz collection.

This was last updated in March 2010

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