Over Christmas, when many are away from work, we want to know that the data centre, and everything it represents for the business, is safe. Moreover, if a problem does occur we want to find out about it quickly so that we can act accordingly.
To achieve this, we need monitoring systems, processes and people. You may think all of this is is in place, but when did you last test them, and how many levels of human redundancy do you have? Who has codes, spare keys, what is the rota? How will you know if the alert systems fail, and how will you manage each disaster that could befall the data centre?
This is the time of year, not to confirm that the processes are written down and accessible, but that they are known to all that need to play their role in protecting the DC. It is time to test! In the same way that the military or an airline pilot will go through simulations, the same approach should be taken with the IT staff that will be on call over the holiday season. They should know the steps to take with each incident that could occur and just as importantly understand the path of escalation if the problem is worse than initially thought or deteriorates beyond their skillset.
Data Centres North will take place on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February 2016 in Manchester.
The North West’s data centre, cloud and hosting market has seen further expansion with new entrant Datacentreplus joining the growing digital scene with its own purpose built data centre.
Atos and ICTroom have signed a global alliance agreement that establishes a partnership to deliver end-to-end data centre services to their clients. Both companies provide complementary portfolios that deliver turnkey solutions for data centre clients.
Emerson Network Power has released five data centre trends to watch for in 2016.
Equinix has announced the new Hibernia Express Cable system which now directly connects the Equinix NY4 and LD4 data centres, providing round trip latency transmission of sub-58.95ms.
Colt has announced the availability of its SIP Trunking solution – Colt VoIP Access – in Central and Eastern Europe, with further expansion into Northern Europe and Asia taking place by the end of 2015.
Billed as the premier conference for the computing behind the Northern Powerhouse, Data Centres North 2016 is applicable to everyone from those involved with smaller server-rooms and coms-rooms to the staff responsible for Operations, NOC, IT, Networking and Facilities Management, at large co-location, corporate and cloud data centres.
Data Centres North 2016 will be held at Manchester’s world-famous Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground and conference centre on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February 2016. This refreshingly intimate venue adds to the quality of the conference - and makes Data Centres North 2016 well worth taking time to visit.
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