16 Most Common Data Center Management Mistakes

By Randy J. Ortiz  |  Posted 2010-08-26 Print this article Print

16 most common data center management mistakes

To help spur some preemptive thinking, I've compiled the following list of the 16 most common mistakes made in data centers all over the world. This list is in no particular order and it's by no means exhaustive. However, it demonstrates how often we forget some of the basics.

Mistake No. 1: Not measuring power usage and forgetting to consider the comparative costs of electricity for the data center.

Remember, the data center is a huge bull's-eye when it comes to operational expense. Conservation and efficiency are always on the CFO's radar so they'd better be on yours as well.

Mistake No. 2: Not designing for modular growth.

You don't want to have a beautiful, state-of-the-art data center that's underutilized. It's more efficient to build out modular chunks within the "shell" of the building as your organization grows.

Mistake No. 3: Not taking advantage of data center design and facility best practices to help your data center reduce costs and run more efficiently.

Believe it or not, I've seen data centers that weren't applying well-documented practices such as hot and cold aisles.

Mistake No. 4: Believing that there's only one way to design or maintain a data center.

The standard model isn't always the best, most cost-effective solution. Data centers are generally similar, but how they are put together should reflect the philosophy of the company and what works best for that specific location. Create your own standards that provide the results you want to achieve.

Randy J. Ortiz is Director of Data Center Design and Engineering at Internap. A 20-year industry veteran, Randy has overseen the design and construction of more than one million square feet of data center facilities worldwide. He can be reached at randyo@internap.com.

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