Controlling Incoming Equipment

Another way to keep firm control over how well a Data Center is organized is to diligently watchdog the machines that it hosts. Have the Data Center manager provide input into the purchasing decisions of servers, networking devices, cabinets, and other Data Center-bound equipment to make sure that these items are compatible with the room's infrastructure and physical features.

At many companies, the people who buy servers and related paraphernalia either know or care relatively little about the environment that houses them. They make purchasing decisions based upon the equipment's performance, cost, and perhaps the merits of its maintenance contract. While all of that is important, little or no consideration is ...

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