Open IT Forum: What’s plaguing your data center?

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The Gartner report released this week revealed the top three daily challenges data center administrators have on their plates. We want to hear from our members: What are some of your toughest obstacles in the data center? What are the solutions you've considered, tried, or vetoed? The best stories get 100 knowledge points!
ASKED: November 3, 2010  5:48 PM
UPDATED: November 11, 2010  1:31 PM

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Money! its true. Without money we are not able to purchase things that are really need to run our operation smoothly. 1 example is that as money is a problem, we can’t even get an laptop to do configuration on switches, routers and firewall. every time there is a need for configuration, we need to move pc’s around which is quite sad. anyway we tried asking for laptop for 2 years and till today we still see none. sad but true..

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  • MelanieYarbrough
    [...] What challenges are plaguing your data center? [...]
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  • carlosdl
    Well, yes, money tends to be an obstacle when solving situations (such as data growth) that weren't seen as problems in the past implies the acquisition of new tools/services. But maybe we wouldn't need new tools or services to manage data growth if an appropriate data retirement policy would have been set in the past. What other things we see as normal by now, will need an investment to be 'solved' in the future ? We should be thinking about this.
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    I couldn't agree more, Carlos! At this point it seems like a lot of backtracking is creating more drain on resources than the creation of new data. Newer companies should use that to their advantage, starting with a clean slate. What sorts of things are you solving now in anticipation of them becoming a bigger problem?
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    carlsodl has a good point. The solutions we put in place for problems we see today are short sighted or short term. We are busy putting the fire out and not thinking long term solutions.
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  • carlosdl
    "What sorts of things are you solving now in anticipation of them becoming a bigger problem?" Virtual Machine Sprawl. I'm not solving it yet ( :-) ), but I've been thinking we should do something now. I see developers creating virtual machines any time they want to test a new application, and we don't have any policy regarding this by now.
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  • TomLiotta
    What challenges are plaguing your data center? Bosses. I can't discuss current situations, but I've had plagues in the past that are bound to be relevant to others. The IS department was put under a past-organization executive who was brought in partially for the specific purpose of restructuring IS. This individual acted and spoke as an expert in WinNT desktop, server and network technologies. With confidence and backing that went all the way up to the State Governor, who in IS could say otherwise, and to whom could it be said? Example issue: A significant fix-pack came out for WinNT servers, and the boss decided to apply it without discussing it with anyone. Unfortunately, it should not have been applied to the servers until after the WinNT desktops that relied on server printer sharing had their fixes applied. The result was a couple days of inaccessible printers while the entire IS staff went essentially to every PC on the LAN to get emergency fixes applied. That was quite a few years (and a few jobs) ago, but bosses can still create some 'plagues' in any data center. A 'manager' should be in charge of resource assignments, making sure the right resources are available for tasks that need doing. A baseball team manager is a good example -- they'll put the right resources in place and let them perform according to their characteristics. You won't see many baseball managers coming up to bat or throwing the opening pitches. A "boss" in a data center should be letting the staff do the work. Tom
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    [...] because of constrained data center budgets. When we asked IT Knowledge Exchange members about what’s plaguing their data centers, the first concern voiced was [...]
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  • jinteik
    I was quite lucky to be able to work in a new DC which I set up for certification and all....we are able to manage the size of our data as it is all an documented process on how long we will keep the data and also do our archives and etc....
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    [...] bosses to lack of foresight, it seems the main hindrance in the data center (and all of IT) is money. Whether you’re [...]
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