Data Center Journal

Volume 35 | December 2014

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THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL | 1 Feature 2 PreParing Your Data Center For Disaster reCoverY By Jeffrey R Clark, PhD The day-to-day grind can easily cause data center operators to forget about the unexpected. After all, keeping customers (internal and external) happy is enough of a challenge for a 24-hour day; who has time or energy for more? Unfortunately, disasters can be rather pushy when it comes to schedules: they leave you no choice but to make time to deal with them. Whether you deal successfully or unsuccessfully with a crisis situation will depend in large part on how well you've prepared. Like insurance, preparation for disaster recovery seems like a complete waste— until you find yourself in an emergency. Since predicting disasters is nearly impossible, the time to prepare is now. 6 HoliDaY giFt iDeas For Data Center Managers anD FaCilitY engineers By Staff Writer The holiday season is upon us and I am sure you are wondering what to get your data center manager and facility engineer for Christmas. Operation executives struggle with this issue every year. Here is a list (not all inclusive) of nice to have items that every data center manager and facility engineer should have to make their jobs easier. Pay attention executives! 10 Has Data Center sPenDing returneD? By Jeffrey R Clark, PhD Regardless of broader economic conditions, technology plays an increasing role in business. Demand for services continues to rise, and forthcoming trends like the Internet of Things (IoT) hint at even more demand to support computing everywhere. The backbone of these services is data centers, but a growing number of companies are abandoning traditional facilities in favor of the cloud. That doesn't mean data center spending must collapse, however; the cloud still requires data centers, albeit typically larger ones that exploit economies of scale. 14 it's tiMe to CHange our new-Data-Center startuP ProCess By David Boston Virtually all owners consider their data centers to be critical. If you operate such a facility, your highest objective is to achieve continuous operation, because the consequences of an interruption to data processing are costly and painful. When they agree to construction of a new data center, those approving the funding typically do so with an expectation that the new facility will outperform the previous one. Much pressure falls on the group that will operate the new building's infrastructure, yet the startup process almost always fails to prepare them adequately for success. 18 eMergenCY aCtion Plans: Be PrePareD or PrePare For Disaster By: Jun Yang, PE, LEED AP Contributor: Imran Hoque, PE, LEED AP While it may be true that "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry", it can also be guaranteed that the without such plan, disaster is almost certain when dealing with nature's forces. Whether the disaster in question is a fire, earthquake, wind, hurricane, drought, flood or some other natural event, the question is often not if, but when it will strike. 20 venDor inDeX All rights reserved. No portion of DATA CENTER Journal may be reproduced without written permission from the Executive Editor. The management of DATA CENTER Journal is not responsible for opinions expressed by its writers or editors. We assume that all rights in communications sent to our editorial staff are unconditionally assigned for publication. All submissions are subject to unrestricted right to edit and/ or to comment editorially. AN EDM2R ENTERPRISES, INC. PUBLICATION ALPHARETTA, GA 30022 PHONE: 678-762-9366 FAX: 866-708-3068 | WWW.DATACENTERJOURNAL.COM DESIGN : NEATWORKS, INC., JOHNS CREEK GA 30022 TEL: 678-392-2992 | WWW.NEATWORKSINC.COM

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