By clearly defining metrics, a business can increase its productivity; if metrics are unorganized or poorly defined, a company can begin to slide toward chaos.
Employees can become frustrated because their tasks and goals are not clearly defined for them, which hurt their job satisfaction and affect how a data center is run.
Because the data center is the hub for the entire business, making sure to clearly define data center metrics must be a priority for every manager. Whether the goal is to make your data center green, more resilient or higher density, metrics and standards shape the action plan and provide insights into improvements. This guide will set you on the right path.
1Metrics take IT forward-
Track every important metric
Data center metrics give businesses a way to measure IT performance and improve problem areas. Metrics can range from granular technical information, used by the data center staff, to key performance indicators that inform the business groups relying on your data center.
Data center standards bodies
Data center standards cover diverse areas from uptime and reliability to energy efficiency and power consumption levels. Choose the standards to follow that make sense for your IT requirements, business goals and current data center operations, as well as any regulations with which the company must comply.
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The Open-IX standard relies on self-declared certification and annual renewal. OIX-2 for data centers covers physical and operational requirements. Continue Reading
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3Green data center metrics-
Energy consumption tracking
It's no small feat to make the data center green, as this is often the largest consumer of energy in the company. It also must adhere to high uptime requirements, which means things like diesel backup generators and redundant power. But there are ways to lower data center energy consumption and reduce waste.
IT doesn't do "green." Hardware refresh cycles are constantly shrinking, sending tons of server flotsam into the waste stream. Equipment is packed so densely that companies are requiring hundreds of watts per square foot in their facilities. Continue Reading
CEEDA is an energy-efficiency certification that some data center companies are using in their facility plans. Continue Reading