Essential Guide

Data center metrics and standards guide

Implementing standards and metrics can help ensure that a data center is run smoothly.


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.


Making sense of data center metrics

One of the most common questions people ask about performance dashboards is, "How do we define effective data center metrics?" The answer is important because the metrics govern how employees do their jobs. Continue Reading


How to stick with metrics for SLAs

Service-level agreements provide users with guarantees of application availability. Data center managers often must write accurate and strict SLAs. Continue Reading


Better data center performance reviews

These new IT metrics should fill the gaps in your data center performance tracking, leading to improved operations. Continue Reading


Uptime creates assessment for efficiency

Uptime Institute Inc. is commonly associated with reliability, but the organization introduces a data center metric related to IT efficiency. Continue Reading


Let's talk about data center size and density

As IT becomes an intrinsic part of every enterprise, the definition of a "big" or "dense" data center server space has changed. Continue Reading

2Standard bearers-

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.


Data center standards

With a slew of standards updates and regulation changes, all your free time could be spent pouring over documentation. In an attempt to shorten the curve and provide information on impact, we offer you this quick primer. Continue Reading


Appraising your data center design

Learn the right and wrong ways to approach data center design, to end up with a facility that meets your needs at the outset and over time. Continue Reading


TIA-942: Cookie cutter or cost cutter?

The TIA-942 standard, titled Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers, covers everything from site selection to rack mounting methods. Continue Reading


Fire safety standards NFPA 75,76 change for data centers

To reduce data center energy consumption and fight hot spots, many facilities use aisle containment. That requires a new look at fire suppression. Continue Reading


Should you follow Open-IX certification standards?

The Open-IX standard relies on self-declared certification and annual renewal. OIX-2 for data centers covers physical and operational requirements. Continue Reading


Uptime Institute warns against tier standard misuse

Data center executives and Uptime Institute directors say the IT community is misappropriating Uptime's tier classification system for data center performance. Continue Reading

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.


Using Uptime specs to assess power and cooling

A gradual approach to better data center power and cooling utilization can reduce energy demand based on educated decisions from metric tracking. Continue Reading


Let the temperature increase

The ASHRAE recommendations for server inlet air temperature have increased, up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit in some cases, but many data centers still operate much colder. Do you need to? Continue Reading


Water concerns rising in data center field

Data centers must support IT demand in arid climates, locations with insecure water and in industries that demand ecofriendly operations. Some industry members want to change how data centers consume water. Continue Reading


Data center goes green for energy savings

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


How Facebook does PUE

Facebook's data centers target low power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratios, and the Web-scale IT company keeps a close eye on its data center metrics. Continue Reading


Should data center designers and operators use CEEDA?

CEEDA is an energy-efficiency certification that some data center companies are using in their facility plans. Continue Reading