Designing and Adhering to Your Key Methodologies

The first step in resolving the many issues highlighted earlier in Table 2-1 and building a worldclass infrastructure is to establish the right methodologies to support a mission-critical production environment. The following are what we believe to be the most important 13 commandments:

1. Thy network should be thy data center.

Ask yourself: What is the most secure and reliable environment in data processing? Every IT professional can answer that one! The data center! It's your company's security blanket for essential, mission-critical, bread-and-butter applications such as financial, manufacturing, and HR business systems.

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