Like a credit card whose statements never get opened, a remote data center represented by a few graphs on a screen can be poorly utilized and have many inefficiencies overlooked. Though an on-site facility has many drawbacks, the lizard brain appreciates its tangibility.
However, since businesses are no more likely to go back to running their own data centers than they are to making their own microchips, they need to put strategies in place to make sure that these resources, intangible though they may be, are managed efficiently and effectively.
The first thing to account for is what you need to know and how crucially you need to know it. For instance, you will want to make a list of:
- The SLA requirements agreed upon with your providers
- Business requirements with regards to uptime, network latency, and things of that nature
- An understanding of the details of the contracts with your providers, as well as your own resource allocation needs. For instance, if one data center is more for cold storage and another is an edge computing facility, you’ll want to carefully monitor the ways that you utilize each facility in order to maximize efficiency and cost-savings.
Once you have all these details in hand, you’ll want a dashboard to track and monitor the things that are most crucial, putting reports and detail pages one or two levels down. The project can be stated simply enough, but constructing it is another matter. Still, the benefits of having this kind of top-level view cannot be overstated, as it is a visual representation of the technical priorities of the department and its resource allocation.
Although the dashboard spoken of in the last section could be confused with a hypervisor control console, it shows much finer details.
Virtual environments are becoming standard, which makes even per-server controls too coarse for most people’s needs.
There are a variety of native and third-party controls that allow as much granularity into remote data centers as could be desired, but it’s best if it can all be confined to a single application, simply to prevent things from being overlooked.
The hypervisor is where you will define many of your alerts and thresholds with the guidance of the priorities hashed out in the previous section.
Streamlining Reduces the Margin of Error
It’s said that art isn’t about adding things. It’s about knowing what things to take away.
The same is true of an effective system. The more applications that need to be combined in order to get what you need, the more places there are for the system to break down. That’s why an integrated set of solutions, like our CloudDirect Suite, is a good bet for organizations with more complicated needs. With CloudDirect, you get a platform designed around industry best practices and standards, an integrated dashboard, and the simplicity of dealing with a single provider.
We hope you’ll give us a call. But even if you don’t, keep these three points in mind to run your remote data installations as effectively as possible.