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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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Abstract

It goes without saying that computer use has exploded in the last decade. Along with this growth has come a corresponding surge in the numbers of devices, services, and data types in corporate data centers, as well as an increasing shift to the 24×7×365 business environment. Consequently, the modern systems administrator is faced with a seemingly bewildering array of hardware, interconnects, and software.

With the intense focus on building out infrastructures, the techniques of cost-effectively managing the increasingly diverse and complex hardware and software solutions often fall by the wayside. Configuration management holds out the promise of making sense of the rats' nest of systems, cabling, software, and patches with a minimum ...

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