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A data center planning and design guide for IT pros

Data center design and management now goes beyond servers and networking cables. Defining budget and IT goals helps set an effective roadmap for data center architecture.

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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 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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  • 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.

  • bang-bang (bang-bang control)

    Bang-bang control is a type of control system that mechanically or electronically turns something on or off when a desired target (setpoint) has been reached.

  • electrical power management system (EPMS)

    An electrical power management system (EPMS) is an electronic system that provides fine grained information about the flow of power in an electrical power generation system or power substation.

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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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  • 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.

  • server

    A server is a computer program or device that provides a service to another computer program and its user, also known as the client.

  • Red Hat

    Red Hat is a leading software company in the business of assembling open source components for the Linux operating system and related programs into a distribution package that can easily be ordered and implemented.

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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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  • 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.

  • proportional control

    Proportional control is a control system technology based on a response in proportion to the difference between what is set as a desired process variable (or set point) and the current value of the variable.

  • Docker

    Docker is an open source software platform to create, deploy and manage virtualized application containers on a common operating system (OS), with an ecosystem of allied tools.

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  • compliance audit

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

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

  • Whistleblower Protection Act

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

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    A reverse brute-force attack is a type of brute-force attack in which an attacker uses a common password against multiple ...

  • orphan account

    An orphan account, also referred to as an orphaned account, is a user account that can provide access to corporate systems, ...

  • voice squatting (skill squatting)

    Voice squatting is an attack vector for voice user interfaces (VUIs) that exploits homonyms (words that sound the same but are ...

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  • business continuity policy

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

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • warm site

    A warm site is a type of facility an organization uses to recover its technology infrastructure when its primary data center goes...

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  • RAM (Random Access Memory)

    RAM (Random Access Memory) is the hardware in a computing device where the operating system (OS), application programs and data ...

  • primary storage (main storage)

    Primary storage is the collective methods and technologies used to capture and retain digital information that is in active use ...

  • cache memory

    Cache memory, also called CPU memory, is high-speed static random access memory (SRAM) that a computer microprocessor can access ...

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