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The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup

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Chapter 6. Data Centers

This chapter focuses on building a data center. A data center is the place where you keep machines that are shared resources. A data center is more than simply the room that your servers live in, however. A data center also typically has systems for cooling, humidity control, power, and fire suppression. These systems are all part of your data center. The theory is that you put all your most important eggs in one basket and then make sure that it is a really good basket.

These places go by different terms, and each implies something slightly different. Data centers are often stand-alone buildings built specifically for computing and network operations. Machine room or computer room evokes a smaller image, possibly a designated ...

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