Data centres are therefore playing a critical role in ensuring that businesses can seamlessly transition employees to a new way of working.The demand for data centres means that there is increasing pressure for them to be run as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. However, to ensure the trouble-free operation of a data centre, it is essential to keep a constant eye on a whole range of different components – both in IT and in physical facilities – to detect flaws as early as possible and, thus, avoid problems, damage and breakdowns. But this is not always easy when the data centre is disjointed.Data centre function and challengesWhen broken down into segments, we can categorise the data centre function into the following three departments:• IT network and infrastructure – hardware, from server racks, computers and storage systems, to switches and routers, must be monitored, as well as data traffic and applications. • Facilities – power and cooling are essential to data centre operations. Disturbances or even failures cause massive damage; continuous monitoring is essential. • Security – the data centre is doubly at risk: on the IT level (DDoS attacks, viruses, Trojans and similar threats) and on the physical level (fire, water and unauthorised intrusion). The smooth operation of a data centre involves ensuring both the physical and non-physical aspects that keep the data centre running are continuously monitored. Regular checks of data centre facilities are needed to ensure that there are no potential hazards. However, dispersed teams, multiple monitoring platforms and differences in reporting/communication can leave room for unnecessary mistakes to occur...
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