Data center facilities pro

Oct 6 2008   7:54PM GMT

Establish a data center infrastructure team

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Saying it was something he “stole” from what Cisco does, Paul Clark told AFCOM Data Center World Fall 2008 attendees that he built a data center infrastructure team at the Ohio State University Medical Center, where he is the data center manager.

What is a data center infrastructure team (DCIT)? It is a group of key people related to IT and facilities that basically acts as the legislative branch of the data center. At Ohio State, the group has about a dozen people and includes IT managers, engineers and facility folks. They oversee all the rules and policies in the data center – for example, the guidelines by which new equipment can be installed.

“Get this team set up and have them truly make decisions for the data center,” Clark said.

Clark then acts as the executive branch – he enforces the rules and policies that the Data Center Infrastructure Team sets forth.

Not sure who would be the judicial branch, though. Maybe it’s the human resources department. That’s a joke, albeit pretty bad, I admit.

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