Planning for Growth

There is a bit of wisdom that is often given in leadership conferences, screenwriting classes, project management courses, and countless other disciplines—begin at the end. Have a clear idea of what goal you want to achieve or situation you want to be in when you start a task. This advice applies equally well to organizing a server environment. You want servers and networking devices to be distributed across the Data Center so that the room is easy to use, equipment is logically arranged, and demands upon the infrastructure are even and manageable. To accomplish this, assign space in your Data Center—from the beginning—with an eye toward how you want the fully-occupied room to be. Anticipate future equipment growth. Besides ...

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