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Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business by Douglas Alger

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Equipment Spares

At many large companies, servers are purchased and supported by distinct groups. Even if multiple groups are using the same model of servers, they might or might not coordinate their efforts to make bulk purchases or obtain companywide service maintenance agreements. Because these devices are ultimately installed within the company's Data Centers, those responsible for managing these rooms might have the best global perspective as to what items are in the most widespread use.

Take advantage of this perspective by stocking spares of those servers and networking devices that are most commonly used. Stocking a few extra power supplies or data drives for the most prevalent servers can let a system administrator swap out a bad one ...

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