When it comes to data center uptime, the pressure is on. At least for most of the companies that will be expected to adjust to accommodate the demands of consumers who are depending upon a seamless experience for how their lives — and homes — will connect to the Internet.
With the sale of smart home devices projected to reach $58.7 billion by 2020, up 20.38 billion in 2014, the demand for data center uptime will be evident: “You need to be perfect.” That was the opinion of a speaker during a recent Dell World conference in Austin, Texas.
“For data centers, the idea that you need to be perfect will not be far from the truth,” futurist Michael Rogers told conference attendees. This coming period, which will center around the Internet of Things (IoT), will challenge data center managers and IT experts to quickly adapt to the demand to operate everything using the Internet.
“We will be asking data centers to provide the type of reliability power plants provide, only moreso,” Jim Roth of Dell projected.
Data center uptime
Data centers, which are graded and certified by the Uptime Institute based on four different levels of uptime — Tier I through Tier IV, can reduce their risks for outages through infrastructure as well as the following best practices:
- It may seem obvious but backup batteries are essential, according to Kelly Quinn, a research manager for IDC. “Any company operating data centers should have the requisite backup battery power to keep the servers running for up to 15 minutes while the company works to a) get the main power back online, and b) get backup generators online in case main power is not available,” she said in an article for Network Computing.
- Think of diversifying with multiple vendors. Outages linked to one vendor won’t cripple your operations if you’re technology is spread out. Also, when selecting a vendor, keep in consideration their certification by the Uptime Institute. How does it stack up?
- Make sure to deploy your technology in numerous zones so that you’re less likely to experience a complete outage due to a natural disaster such as a tornado or an earthquake.
- Set up an effective monitoring system of your applications and infrastructure).
- Anticipate any increase in demand and plan accordingly.
While there are no guarantees against downtime, risks can be significantly reduced through proper planning and strategies.