Data Center Toolkit

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Bring the power of the public cloud to your data center

 

Does your organization provide provide details on what SNMP features have been turned off and what is kept on at the Data Center?

How will the service oriented Data Center operations affect your customers?

Does the Data Center have your Business Continuity Plan in case back-up recovery is not possible or fails?

Which carriers have a physical presence in your Data Center?

How prepared is your Data Center infrastructure to reap the benefits of the cloud?




...Find the answers to these, and more, questions with this Data Center Toolkit:

  • Bring public cloud agility to your Data Center.
  • Move from your local Data Center to the cloud.
  • Reduce operational costs and improve overall efficiency of your Data Center operations.
  • Optimize efficiency across your Data Center.
  • Improve infrastructure performance in your Data Center operations.
  • Measure and manage energy efficiency in your Data Center.
  • Measure your Data Center efficiency and improvements.
  • Know when your Data Center is ready for its next evolution.
  • Recognize which policies best suit your workloads and your Data Center.



HOW THIS TOOLKIT WORKS:

Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical Data Center Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics for any Data Center related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated Data Center specific requirements:


STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the Data Center Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a data driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...


STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring 994 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which Data Center improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 994 standard requirements:

  1. Does your organization adhere to any international or industry standards when it comes to securing, monitoring, maintaining and testing of data center utilities services and environmental conditions?

  2. When measuring performance in a data center, most people initially think of metrics like throughput and latencyhow much data can be processed per second, and how long does an operation take?

  3. Have you created business and accounting processes that monetize data assets, track new revenue streams, and create measurable business service levels that extend beyond data center SLAs?

  4. Does your organization have a preference for the Financials/HRIS system to be installed on servers in your organizations own data center, or provided as a Cloud based application?

  5. How can virtualization and cloud computing be used to lower total cost without sacrificing performance, availability, security, and operational efficiency in the data center?

  6. What applications and compute resources live in the dedicated data center, when is a colocation facility practical, what compute resources are moved to or from the cloud?

  7. Can the service providers data center support enterprise requirements for physical and network security, capacity, availability, operations, and backbone connectivity?

  8. How cool would it be to just move your applications seamlessly to where the data masses, whether it is in your data center or your edge locations or in a public cloud?

  9. Has the data center been verified by an independent third-party conformity assessment body to demonstrate the centers target resilience standards and tier rating?

  10. Have measures been taken to prevent the connecting power cables farther away from the data center from passing through readily identifiable, insecure locations?


Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the Data Center book in PDF containing 994 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your Data Center self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the Data Center Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which Data Center areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough Data Center Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline data protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:

 

STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage Data Center projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step Data Center Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 Data Center project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Project Charter: Pop quiz which are the same inputs as in the Data Center project charter?

  2. Cost Management Plan: Have the reasons why the changes to your organizational systems and capabilities are required?

  3. Activity Attributes: What activity do you think you should spend the most time on?

  4. Contractor Status Report: What was the actual budget or estimated cost for your organizations services?

  5. Activity Duration Estimates: Which types of reports would help provide summary information to senior management?

  6. Stakeholder Analysis Matrix: Identify the stakeholders levels most frequently used or at least sought in your Data Center projects and for which purpose?

  7. Project Performance Report: To what degree do individual skills and abilities match task demands?

  8. Probability and Impact Assessment: Do requirements demand the use of new analysis, design, or testing methods?

  9. Project Management Plan: Are the proposed Data Center project purposes different than a previously authorized Data Center project?

  10. Stakeholder Management Plan: Is there an on-going process in place to monitor Data Center project risks?

 
Step-by-step and complete Data Center Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 Data Center project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix


2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 Data Center project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 Data Center project Scope Statement
  • 2.7 Assumption and Constraint Log
  • 2.8 Work Breakdown Structure
  • 2.9 WBS Dictionary
  • 2.10 Schedule Management Plan
  • 2.11 Activity List
  • 2.12 Activity Attributes
  • 2.13 Milestone List
  • 2.14 Network Diagram
  • 2.15 Activity Resource Requirements
  • 2.16 Resource Breakdown Structure
  • 2.17 Activity Duration Estimates
  • 2.18 Duration Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.19 Data Center project Schedule
  • 2.20 Cost Management Plan
  • 2.21 Activity Cost Estimates
  • 2.22 Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.23 Cost Baseline
  • 2.24 Quality Management Plan
  • 2.25 Quality Metrics
  • 2.26 Process Improvement Plan
  • 2.27 Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • 2.28 Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.29 Human Resource Management Plan
  • 2.30 Communications Management Plan
  • 2.31 Risk Management Plan
  • 2.32 Risk Register
  • 2.33 Probability and Impact Assessment
  • 2.34 Probability and Impact Matrix
  • 2.35 Risk Data Sheet
  • 2.36 Procurement Management Plan
  • 2.37 Source Selection Criteria
  • 2.38 Stakeholder Management Plan
  • 2.39 Change Management Plan


3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log


4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 Data Center project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance


5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 Data Center project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned

 

Results

With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any Data Center project with this in-depth Data Center Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose Data Center projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in Data Center and put process design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make Data Center investments work better.

This Data Center All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.

 

Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.





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CONTENTS:


Checklists:


Checklists:Data Center Checklist Report on DATA.pdf



STEP 1 Get your bearings:


STEP 1 Get your bearings:Data_Center_Quick_Exploratory_Self-Assessment_Guide.pdf

STEP 1 Get your bearings:Data Center Self-Assessment Pre-Filled EXAMPLE.xlsx





STEP 2 Set concrete goals tasks dates and numbers you can track:


STEP 2 Set concrete goals tasks dates and numbers you can track:Data Center Self-Assessment.xlsx

STEP 2 Set concrete goals tasks dates and numbers you can track:Data_Center.pdf

..and the Project Management resources in 'STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy' as described above.

 

 

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