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Server uptime and hardware failure guide

The best server uptime comes from a combination of high-availability architectures and overall reliable ops in the data center.

Introduction

Server uptime and reliability are crucial to running a great data center. IT organizations spend time and money implementing high availability (HA) virtualization and adequate server operations and security. Invest in fault tolerance and designed-to-fail architectures so that IT workloads continue operating even when the worst happens.

This guide explores how the different ways IT organizations build uptime into their servers and data centers, from facility to hardware to HA virtualization and designed-to-fail systems.

1High uptime in the data center-

The increasing importance of high uptime

Businesses want their servers to be running all the time, which is almost impossible. However, you can ensure that there is little to no drop in uptime.

Tip

How much server uptime is enough?

IT departments should work with business leaders to decide how much uptime is enough, rather than always push for more hardware to improve server uptime. Continue Reading

News

Economy to require 100% server uptime by 2022

Due to the increasing demand of the digital economy, data center uptime will surpass electrical infrastructure in importance by 2022. Continue Reading

Feature

No single factor key to uptime

In a modern data center, availability relies on comprehensive server uptime awareness, and can't be pinned just to automation, application modularity or redundancy. Continue Reading

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Server features can prevent failures

New server processor attributes quickly fix errors and increase reliability, avoiding system failures and workload outages. Continue Reading

Tip

Think about rank when choosing colocation

Here's how to decide which tier level best suits your colocation needs. Continue Reading

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Virtual server security concerns you've never thought of

Virtual server security relies on availability, but what type of hardware supports such a high level of server uptime? Continue Reading

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Technologies that improve server reliability

What's the most effective way to improve server availability and reliability, and minimize data loss? A good mix of software and hardware technologies. Continue Reading

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Inside data center system downtime

Planning and training can help restore IT operations sooner and mitigate the impact on most organizations, even if system downtime still occurs. Continue Reading

2Glossary-

Server uptime building blocks

Sure, uptime is important. But you can't help build it into your data center if you keep getting tripped up. Check out these eight terms to help you better grasp server uptime.

3Server reliability-

Keep hardware failure to a minimum

Sooner or later, server hardware will fail, so don't get caught unprepared. From battery management to the right continuity plan, these tips will help you plan for the worst.

Tip

If you can't avoid hardware failure, plan for it

It's impossible to prevent every hardware failure, but today's disaster planning revolves around doing your best to avoid downtime. Continue Reading

Opinion

Data center failure is sometimes the best option

How your IT team approaches and learns from data center failures shows how well it functions as a whole. Continue Reading

News

Learn from data center outages

Improve data center resiliency by learning from other businesses IT mistakes. Continue Reading

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An affordable IT service continuity plan

Move away from a simple backup and restore mentality toward IT service continuity to save money in the long term. Continue Reading

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Virtualize critical infrastructure services without failure

You have several options for virtualizing critical IT infrastructure services. Continue Reading

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Data center building options from traditional to containers

See how these companies took different approaches in the footprint, location and feel of the space when building a data center. Continue Reading

News

Outsourcing battery monitoring and maintenance

Use backup battery monitoring to take power monitoring off to-do lists, extend the life of batteries and prevent outages. Continue Reading

4HA and fault tolerance-

Keeping up with the virtualizations

Resilient virtual machines increase uptime for IT workloads and ease concerns about individual server uptime. Be sure your virtualization scheme is up to snuff with these insights on high availability and fault tolerance.

Answer

Should I test server high availability?

Two experts differ on the frequency with which IT organizations should test high-availability server clusters, since they can introduce downtime. Continue Reading

Opinion

DR still necessary with high availability

Learn why a solid DR strategy is still necessary even though hypervisor vendors champion the benefits of HA. Continue Reading

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How to choose the right replication technology

Which data replication technology is right for your organization in the event of hardware failure? Continue Reading

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Improving virtual machine resilience

IT organizations should choose VM high availability implementation wisely so they don't over spend. Continue Reading

Answer

How do you protect critical VMs from hardware failure?

Organizations can prevent a single server fault from disrupting mission-critical applications by creating a failover plan distributing workloads across multiple physical servers. Continue Reading

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Workloads to keep on physical hardware

There are several factors to consider when choosing whether or not to virtualize, including the importance of the workload and any dependencies. Continue Reading

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