This book covers the administration of all operating systems, data and network security, new trends in storage options, and server, network, and storage management. It thoroughly explores each topic, with attention to various network and system design options, best practices, potential problems, and leading solutions. It discusses how to build resiliency into the network, servers, and storage to prevent service outages despite hardware or software failures. It includes plenty of real-world examples that illustrate objectives, problems, and solutions, along with a complete best practices section for every topic. It shows administrators how to ensure close to 100 percent service uptime with various high-availability options such as redundancy and clustering; how to deal with server and storage proliferation, and how to manage separate networks for voice, IP, and storage.
"This book covers a wide spectrum of topics relevant to implementing and managing a modern data center. The chapters are comprehensive and the flow of concepts is easy to understand."
Gain a practical knowledge of data center concepts
To create a well-designed data center (including storage and network architecture, VoIP implementation, and server consolidation) you must understand a variety of key concepts and technologies. This book explains those factors in a way that smoothes the path to implementation and management. Whether you need an introduction to the technologies, a refresher course for IT managers and data center personnel, or an additional resource for advanced study, you'll find these guidelines and solutions provide a solid foundation for building reliable designs and secure data center policies.
* Understand the common causes and high costs of service outages
* Learn how to measure high availability and achieve maximum levels
* Design a data center using optimum physical, environmental, and technological elements
* Explore a modular design for cabling, Points of Distribution, and WAN connections from ISPs
* See what must be considered when consolidating data center resources
* Expand your knowledge of best practices and security
* Create a data center environment that is user- and manager-friendly
* Learn how high availability, clustering, and disaster recovery solutions can be deployed to protect critical information
* Find out how to use a single network infrastructure for IP data, voice, and storage