Mitigating the risks in your Data Center environment
Skydiving from 24 miles is like upgrading your SAN
WOW, did you see Felix Baumgartner skydive from 128,000 (24 miles!) feet up? Free-falling faster than the speed of sound on the way down. All on the anniversary of breaking the sound barrier by US Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager in a plane, 65 years ago on in 1947.
The video clearly shows Baumgartner standing there in the doorway of the capsule, and earth is waaayyyy down there, like in the shots of astronauts orbiting the earth. He steps out onto a small platform, and then calmly jumps off as he looks down on the planet. Man that took guts.
It also took a ton of planning and expert knowledge and advice. Baumgartner didn’t do it alone. He had experts on his team with lots of experience to draw from. (Including Joseph Kittinger, the retired US Air Force coronel who held the previous skydiving record, also form a balloon 19 miles high.)
A team of experts is also what it takes to successfully plan data center operations. From simple additions to large scale “fork-lift” upgrades and replacements, it sure helps to have someone on your team that has done it before. A trusted advisor to help make sure it goes smoothly and safely. In the YouTube video I saw, ground control (I believe it was Kittinger) walked Felix though a checklist of items, preparing him to open the door, step out, and jump off the small platform. Little things you might take for granted, like, “Is your rip cord where it should be”, were confirmed before the next step was taken. Imagine that despite preparations and plans, the rip cord somehow became displaced, and Felix jumped out, not knowing where it was?
Compare this to deploying a new San in an environment and how many things can go wrong. Maybe you and your staff have never deployed a certain new technology – how nice would it be to have an expert there to help you through it? Wouldn’t you want to mitigate the risk as much as possible?
Ground control for Data Centers – HP Technology Services
Ground control for Data Centers that use HP servers, storage, and networking is often HP Technical Services.
Thinking about virtualizing more of your environment? Think also about “VMware Health Check Analysis for VMware Virtual Servers”. This service performs an analysis of the defined virtual infrastructure. This includes data collection and analysis of ESX hosts, VirtualCenter/vCenter server and their associated virtual storage, networking, and security. A report is provided documenting findings and recommended actions to optimize the performance of VMware systems and infrastructure.
Two more examples of HP Technical Services:
Enhanced Implementation of SAN Service.
Service provides for design and implementation of a new Storage Area Network (SAN) or the addition of switches or capacity to an existing SAN. Deliverables include:
- Service planning
- Service deployment
- Installation verification tests (IVT)
- Customer orientation session
- Project management
EISS accommodates newer technologies such as SAS, FCOE, FICON, and SAN encryption as well as SAN extension technologies such as routing, FCIP, and iSCSI extenders
HP Predictive Wireless Site Survey
Determines projected coverage of wireless access points (APs) within buildings. Service will provide suggested quantity, placement, and associated wireless coverage areas of IEEE 802.11a/g/n wireless APs including a representative HP Networking bill of materials (BOM). Service is remotely delivered. Each unit of HP Predictive Wireless Site Survey is scoped to include up to three floors and up to 60,000 square feet.
There are literally dozens of such “project based” services in HP’s Technical Services portfolio. Covering everything from general data center environment issues like space, power, and cooling, to specific planning sessions for long-term initiatives like moving to the Cloud; these services can fill the gaps in expertise and experience you may be faced with.
To find out more on how you can mitigate the risks in your data center environment please visit our HP Solution page.