Chapter 26. Running a Datacenter

This chapter is about the fundamentals of running a datacenter. Most of us rarely get to build a datacenter, but more often inherit one that must be managed. The way that we manage it has a significant impact on how well the datacenter serves the needs of its users and the staff who operate the datacenter itself.

At the macro level, running a datacenter is about capacity management: making sure there is enough space, power, and cooling based on the ebb and flow of demand for the datacenter. Generally this means growing the capacity as datacenter needs tend to grow over time.

At the micro level, running a datacenter is about life-cycle management: managing the process of adding and removing machines plus coordinating ...

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