Organizing Equipment: Form vs Function

The first step in managing a Data Center begins the moment the room comes online and incoming equipment arrives. Where servers, networking devices, and other items are deployed can have a significant influence on how the room functions on a daily basis. What systems plug in to which particular infrastructure components, where system administrators and vendors work in the room, and how easy it is for different types of equipment to expand and occupy additional Data Center floor space are just a few of the details that are influenced by this.

There are four common approaches for arranging servers within a Data Center:

  • Clustering devices with similar functions

  • Organizing them by internal business group or department ...

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