A Data Center Without Maintenance Has No Availability
September 21, 2011
Rudy Millian, Product Manager for Anue Systems, notes that availability can be more than just the basic definition above: “Our customers define data center availability in terms of key performance metrics including:
– The available data center network is outage-free
– The available data center network delivers on the expected QoS and SLAs
– The available data center network is secure
• Regulatory compliance – The available data center network meets relevant regulatory compliance, such as SOX, HIPAA and PCI compliance”
Keys to Data Center Maintenance
One of the best aids to data center maintenance is monitoring. If you know what’s going on in your facility—and, in particular, what’s going wrong—you can more easily correct it. Thus, monitoring infrastructure can be well worth the capital costs by way of reduced maintenance time and effort, in addition to (in some cases) the ability to take precautions to prevent failures in addition to responding to failures.
“Best-practice at our customers is to go beyond maintenance. Our customers rely on monitoring tools, such as application and network performance monitors and intrusion detection systems, to proactively detect and address potential data center availability issues. The Anue NTO network monitoring switch is an integral part of such monitoring solutions. The NTO enables customers to decouple the number of tools they need to deploy from the number of network monitoring points they have, thus eliminating the shortage of access points. In addition, it optimizes the traffic to individual tools, boosting tool performance and enabling customers to monitor more with less. The outcome is better tool utilization, increased visibility and higher data center availability,” said Millian.
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