Data center management: two words that encompass far more than most people realize. Faster than a speeding SSD! More powerful than hot-swap power supplies! Able to leap tall … well, most managers wouldn’t be able to jump over a full-size rack. With so many different elements coming together to build, develop and maintain a data center, a data center manager has to be fluent in a number of different technical disciplines as well as being a good boss. This is not an easy role to fill by any means, but for those that can handle it, the rewards are massive.
Level 1 — Closet Versus Cavern
1. What would you consider a data center?
This actually isn’t as straightforward of an answer as you would think. Some people would call anything that has commercial-grade storage a data center, while others would claim you have to have 80 racks, three different types of dedicated cooling and armed security to qualify as a data center. Virtualization doesn’t make defining things any easier, as you could theoretically have a location that only has a set of four or five physical VM hosts and a small commercial air-conditioner, but effectively have hundreds of servers onsite.
2. What does managing a data center mean to you?
Regardless of the scale involved, managing a data center comes down to making sure that the wheels keep spinning for the organization. The specific responsibilities that involves vary wildly depending on scale and availability requirements, but keeping the data safe, secure and available are all top priorities.
3. Have you ever had to deal with an employee that wasn’t performing their duties adequately?
Data center managers deal with a huge number of departments and specializations, each with their own needs. However, if you are responsible for making sure that (Read more...)
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