Data center metrics and standards guide

Last updated:October 2015

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By clearly defining metrics, a business can increase its productivity; if metrics are unorganized or poorly defined, a company can begin to slide  toward chaos.

Employees can become frustrated because their tasks and goals are not clearly defined for them, which hurt their job satisfaction and affect how a data center is run.

Because the data center is the hub for the entire business, making sure to clearly define data center metrics must be a priority for every manager. Whether the goal is to make your data center green, more resilient or higher density, metrics and standards shape the action plan and provide insights into improvements. This guide will set you on the right path.

1Data center standards bodies

Data center standards cover diverse areas from uptime and reliability to energy efficiency and power consumption levels. Choose the standards to follow that make sense for your IT requirements, business goals and current data center operations, as well as any regulations with which the company must comply.

2Energy consumption tracking

It's no small feat to make the data center green, as this is often the largest consumer of energy in the company. It also must adhere to high uptime requirements, which means things like diesel backup generators and redundant power. But there are ways to lower data center energy consumption and reduce waste.

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