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Exascale computing, now at $2.8B, described as critical to U.S.

The race to build exascale supercomputers is a project of big governments -- China, Japan, the European Union and the U.S. Initial systems are planned in the 2020 to 2021 time frame.

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  • Uptime Institute’s data center tier standards

    The Uptime Institute’s data center tier standards are a standardized methodology used to determine availability in a facility.

  • National Electrical Code (NEC)

    National Electrical Code (NEC) is a set of regularly updated standards for the safe installation of electric wiring in the United States.

  • high availability (HA)

    High availability (HA) is the ability of a system or system component to be continuously operational for a desirably long length of time.

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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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  • information technology (IT)

    Information technology (IT) is the use of any computers, storage, networking and other physical devices, infrastructure and processes to create, process, store, secure and exchange all forms of electronic data.

  • statistical mean, median, mode and range

    Calculating the mean, median, mode and range of a set of numbers allows you to track changes over time and set acceptable ranges and variance. Here's how to find your data's mean, median, mode or range, and what it tells you.

  • data center administrator (DCA)

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

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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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  • solar constant

    A solar constant is a measurement of the solar electromagnetic radiation available in a meter squared at Earth's distance from the sun.

  • electrochemical cell

    An electrochemical cell is a device that is essentially a contained chemical reaction that produces an electrical current.

  • network topology

    A network topology is the arrangement of nodes -- usually switches, routers, or software switch/router features -- and connections in a network, often represented as a graph.

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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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  • high availability (HA)

    High availability (HA) is the ability of a system or system component to be continuously operational for a desirably long length of time.

  • cryogenics

    Cryogenics is the study of material sciences at extremely low temperatures. Cryogenics should not be confused with cryonics, the practice of deep-freezing recently-deceased organisms for later revival.

  • information technology (IT)

    Information technology (IT) is the use of any computers, storage, networking and other physical devices, infrastructure and processes to create, process, store, secure and exchange all forms of electronic data.

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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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  • information technology (IT)

    Information technology (IT) is the use of any computers, storage, networking and other physical devices, infrastructure and processes to create, process, store, secure and exchange all forms of electronic data.

  • infrastructure (IT infrastructure)

    Infrastructure is the foundation or framework that supports a system or organization.

  • east-west traffic

    East-west traffic, in a networking context, is the transfer of data packets from server to server within a data center. The label east-west comes from network diagram drawings that usually depict local area network (LAN) traffic horizontally.

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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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  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

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    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from ...

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    Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves a computer, networked device or a network.

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    A zero-day vulnerability, also known as a computer zero day, is a flaw in software, hardware or firmware that is unknown to the ...

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  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk ...

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  • business impact analysis (BIA)

    Business impact analysis (BIA) is a systematic process to determine and evaluate the potential effects of an interruption to ...

  • RAID (redundant array of independent disks)

    RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard disks to ...

  • dedicated cloud

    A dedicated cloud is a single-tenant cloud infrastructure, which essentially acts as an isolated, single-tenant public cloud.

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