Managing a remote data center? There are a plethora of items that deserve your attention, but these can be reduced into 5 general management considerations that are essential for running a remote data center effectively. Proper planning, testing, resource management, use of native and non-native tools, and WAN management are essential in deploying a new environment in the cloud.
Before trying your hand at managing a remote data center, look through these 5 considerations you should take into account. How have you prepped for planning, resource management, use of native tools, and WAN management? Are you working with your entire team or a few select members? Are you aware of potential inefficiencies in the environment?
You’ll consider these questions and more as you read through the following 5 considerations when managing a remote data center.
5 Remote Data Center Management Considerations
- Planning – Before deploying any environment in the cloud or remotely, planning must be carefully done. Even testing must involve all team members to ensure cohesiveness and preparedness. “In cases where planning excludes specific team members, administrators quickly become unaware of potential inefficiencies happening within their environment.” – Bill Kleyman, The Whir
- Managing resources – Visibility of remote data centers is critical for proper management of resources. Two methods of remote data center resource management: 1) Controlled and 2) Service-driven.
- Native tools – Native hypervisor tools provide granular information on any remote environment with alerts set up to allow easy monitoring from any location.
- 3rd party tools – Non-native tools help manage resource usage and access past statistics on usage. Some tools allow you to view multiple environments at once.
- WAN management – Testing existing bandwidth requirements and making WAN link considerations will ensure the best remote data center performance.
As you can see, the complexities of managing a new, remote data center make it necessary to do proper planning and preparation beforehand. Understanding your environment’s capabilities, inefficiencies, visibility, and use of tools are critical to running an efficient remote data center.
These remote data center management tips were published on The Whir along with additional information.