Server management is a ever-changing arena, filled with new technology and security techniques that you need to learn and relearn. Suffice it is to say that the game has changed significantly in the past five years. The following are trends you should be aware of and prepare for in the near future.
1. Virtualization is king – Many, perhaps even most organizations will want to adopt some type of virtualization. It saves space, money, and even time. Technically, it is also fairly easy to adopt.
2. Power saving is a must – According to many scientists, our energy consumption is too much for the earth to handle, but even if you are not concerned about your carbon footprint, saving power will save you money. Depending on where you live, you might also need to do it to comply with government regulations.
3. Smart data centers save – Save what, you ask? They can save time, money, and manpower. For example, a data center that has smart power distribution units (PDU) on its server racks will not be as wasteful, only sending as much power to servers as they need, when they need it.
4. Go modular – The data centers of today need to be modular. When you need to expand, you should be able to pop in a new server (even a virtual one) without much effort and without needing to do major reconfigurations of power distribution. The above three points should all help with your modularization.
Stay tuned for part two of today’s server management.