Another risk is when software applications go rogue on the data center and take down systems and servers with them. IT needs to make sure that these applications can run seamlessly over the entire infrastructure without causing any glitches in servers located in the data center or any other environment.
Poor Disaster Recovery planning: Identifying and minimizing any and all risks isn’t the end of the story. Any risk management plan worth its salt should know exactly what to do when (not if) disaster strikes and include a step-by-step recovery plan for every imaginable undesirable event. This starts with having systems in place that monitor key environmental factors and alert the concerned people when certain thresholds are crossed.
Failing this, the situation might quickly get out of hand and losses will escalate in the event of a sudden disaster.
And yet, organizations are caught on the wrong foot with surprising frequency when disaster strikes. “Most of the causes of disasters are not only underrated by organizations but also under budgeted for which leads to being under prepared in the event of unplanned downtime,” laments Goel.
Platforms that are flexible and automated are critical for non-disruptive recovery in the event of a disaster. Nutanix Xi Leap is a DR orchestration solution that is simple to deploy and manage, as well as adaptable to on-premises or cloud sites. It eliminates data silos and facilitates replication and recovery from a single user interface.
Balancing the Ecosystem with Data Center Risk Management
A data center has a thousand moving parts. It itself is a cog in the organizational wheel, so to speak. One small misalignment upsets the whole equilibrium of the organization, across departments.
Risk mitigation, therefore, is a shared responsibility. Each employee or stakeholder can help keep the facility operating at its optimal level either by following or by enforcing the rules and learning how to do both better. IT leaders should know exactly where and how much it costs to keep everyone trained and have access to resources they need to carry out any tasks where the data center is involved. The responsibility falls on the CTO or CIO to set expectations and give clarity on these operations.
Of course, data centers or the IT infrastructure itself doesn’t function in isolation. Spending money on data center risk management may not necessarily be a top priority for all managers – most departmental objectives pale in comparison to meeting revenue targets.
“Conflicting goals can be hard to address, but one of the most effective methods of doing so is to have a highly efficient process for continuously identifying where a risk resides. You also need a predictable, reliable method of updating systems without impacting the overarching business goals of the organization,” said Gavin Millard, VP of Product Marketing at Tenable.
As with everything else in IT, people are as important as technology in data center management too. Standardized processes and methodologies such as DevOps can help streamline workflows and processes and align all components of data center facility management with broader business objectives.