Data centers can be certainly considered as an integral component of businesses and organisations in the today’s modern world. As the name clearly implies, such a facility is setup for the efficient co-ordination and processing of data. This intention is achieved through the data center infrastructure which typically consists of networking equipment, security systems, servers, computers, backup storage equipment, air conditioners, generators, network cables and server racks. It follows then that all this framework needs to be exceptionally managed to enable the data center to run at optimal performance whilst safeguarding it against possible data security breaches.
The management of the data center infrastructure is usually recognized as a blend of both IT and facilities management. This makes sense if one takes a second glance at the aforementioned list containing both IT related resources and facility specific devices. The latter option falling under the facilities management responsibility includes various duties necessary for the data center’s upkeep. The energy management is a clear example of such duties involving the monitoring of power usage,cooling systems, heat, air flow, co-ordination with electrical engineers with regards to generators and the scheduling of regular tests.
Besides, the target that most of the facilities managers seem to be after is the provision of a comprehensive view of a data center’s performance so that energy, physical resources and room capacity are utilized as efficiently as possible. Both the data center infrastructure and the facility itself are always evolving due to new technologies and the ever increasing request for massive data processing and distribution.