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  • data center

    A data center (or datacenter) is a facility composed of networked computers and storage that businesses or other organizations use to organize, process, store and disseminate large amounts of data.

  • colocation marketplace

    A colocation marketplace is an online platform that connects colocation users with managed service providers, IT vendors and potential business partners.

  • the Open19 project

    The Open19 project is aimed at standardizing servers, storage and networking components into a common set of form factors for any Electronic Industries Association (EIA) 19-inch data center rack. The initiative was launched by LinkedIn Corp. in 2016.

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Data center ops

Data center operations management: Check out our tutorials on capacity planning, disaster recovery, data center staffing, information systems management, data center standards and more.

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  • data center administrator

    A data center administrator monitors systems, installs equipment and cabling, and participates in change processes and everyday procedures that support information technology.

  • CALMS

    CALMS is a conceptual framework for the integration of development and operations (DevOps) groups and systems within an organization; the acronym stands for culture, automation, lean, measurement and sharing.

  • white box server

    A white box server is a generic server made from commercially available retail computer parts. The phrase "white box" merely indicates that the equipment is generic or brand-agnostic -- the server can be any color.

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Data center facilities

Learn all you need to know about data center design and infrastructure. This section inlcudes tips on uninterrupted power supply, data center cooling, data center site selection, cabling infrastructure and more.

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  • pounds per square inch (PSI)

    PSI is commonly used to measure the pressure of gasses (pneumatic pressure) or liquids (hydraulic pressure). PSI is also used as a measure of tensile strength, defined as resistance to pulling forces, and elastic modulus strength, defined as resistance to deformation, which controls the stiffness of materials.

  • building information modeling (BIM)

    Building information modeling (BIM) is traditional architectural computer aided design (CAD) with 3D modeling that also incorporates best practice processes and additional information about specifications, materials, functionality, maintenance and even continued history.

  • network topology

    A network topology is the arrangement of a network, including its nodes and connecting lines. There are two ways of defining network geometry: the physical topology and the logical (or signal) topology.

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Data center servers

Data center infrastructure is the lifeblood of any IT organization, and data center professionals need to possess a keen understanding of the hardware and designs that are found in today’s facilities. In this topic, you will find tips, columns and news stories focused on contemporary and legacy server hardware, including those built on x86 and Unix RISC processor architectures, as well as the Unix, Linux and Windows operating systems (OS) that run on top of them. This topic also covers data center design points such as rack-mount versus blade servers, the pros and cons of converged infrastructure vs. commodity hardware, plus networking topics like I/O virtualization and what kinds of storage you need to address your performance, availability and capacity needs.

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  • motherboard

    A motherboard is the main printed circuit board (PCB) in a computer. The motherboard is a computer’s central communications backbone connectivity point, through which all components and external peripherals connect.

  • Ryzen (AMD Ryzen)

    Ryzen (pronounced RYE zen) is an AMD CPU aimed at the server, desktop, workstation, media center PC and all-in-one markets.

  • the Open19 project

    The Open19 project is aimed at standardizing servers, storage and networking components into a common set of form factors for any Electronic Industries Association (EIA) 19-inch data center rack. The initiative was launched by LinkedIn Corp. in 2016.

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Networks and storage

The data center storage and networking topic area includes information for every step involved to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot data center storage resources and data center networks. Data center storage and networking connect workloads on servers to important business data, as well as end users and external customers. New architectures and software-defined options improve data center networks and storage.

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  • Dell EMC

    Dell EMC is an American multinational technology company that offers products and services across all areas of computing, networking and storage.

  • leaf-spine (leaf-spine architecture)

    Leaf-spine is a two-layer data center network topology that's useful for data centers that experience more east-west network traffic than north-south traffic. The topology is composed of leaf switches (to which servers and storage connect) and spine switches (to which leaf switches connect). Leaf switches mesh into the spine, forming the access layer that delivers network connection points for servers.

  • software-defined everything (SDE)

    Software-defined everything (SDE) is an umbrella term that describes how virtualization and abstracting workloads from the underlying hardware can be used to make information technology (IT) infrastructures more flexible and agile.

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Data center systems management

The data center systems management and IT operations topic is designed for IT professionals looking for information about how best to configure, run and optimize the IT infrastructure that underpins an organization’s applications and supports its end users. In a series of tips, columns and news articles, we explore available tools and techniques for improving the uptime and performance of your servers, storage and networks. IT operations professionals, such as systems administrators, will also find information about managing existing configurations through configuration and change management, automating system provisioning and scaling, and planning for additional capacity. Finally, IT architects and planners can read up on best practices surrounding server and storage virtualization.

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  • data center

    A data center (or datacenter) is a facility composed of networked computers and storage that businesses or other organizations use to organize, process, store and disseminate large amounts of data.

  • colocation marketplace

    A colocation marketplace is an online platform that connects colocation users with managed service providers, IT vendors and potential business partners.

  • The Green Grid Performance Indicator (PI)

    The Green Grid Performance Indicator (PI) is a set of metrics designed to help information technology (IT) teams assess current and future data center cooling performance. PI was developed by The Green Grid in 2016.

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