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Six Vital Server Deployment Strategies

By CIOReview | Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Planning on establishing new servers or a new data center facility? It is a daunting task for CIOs as it involves procurement of new server hardware, software, data center racks, and switches. Prior to acquiring, it is critical to select the most apt and effective product from the market and deploy it with the help of expert IT administrators.

Server deployment requires proper planning and execution, and the easiest way is to prepare a checklist of all the elements that are required for successful installation of servers in the data center. A detailed checklist helps enterprises mitigate errors during server deployment. Below mentioned are some of the points that CIOs need to consider before deploying servers:

Check Existing Server Capacity

While deploying a new server in an existing data center, it is important for CIOs to assess the capacity of the underlying facility. If there are empty server racks available, and if the airflow and ventilation system is capable of handling it. Determine the temperature of data center infrastructure before installation and post deployment. If there is a large project expansion then efficiently design the cooling system and allot sufficient space between the racks.

Efficient and Seamless Power Distribution

Power is a double edged sword. Higher power consumption leads to overheating and inadequate power supply through distribution channel may result in a server failure. It is vital for CIOs to consult with an experienced server administrator to create a design that will provide adequate amount of power to flawlessly run the server facility.

Most of the issues happen when the deployed Power Distribution Units (PDUs) and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems are over-utilized. Every power unit used is limited to a certain capacity; which if exceeded, leads to lower runtime. So, calculate the capacity of each power unit and then deploy the servers.

Applications and OS Compatibility

An installed server should meet the business objectives after deployment. There are various applications and Operating Systems (OS) which are run on servers like Glassfish, Apache, Tomcat, and Solaris. CIOs need to list down all the applications and frameworks that need to be installed onto new servers. This helps in reducing the lead time of server installation.

Ensure Robust Network Connectivity

Adding an extra server requires many different elements—Network Interface Connector (NIC) ports, local patch panel, switches, and routers. If empty racks are available in the server facility then instead of purchasing a new faster port, try adding 1 gigabit Ethernet ports at a lower cost. CIOs need to understand that switching or upgrading and configuring new servers increase downtime so it is recommended to plan accordingly.

Economize Server Software Licenses

Purchasing a new hardware or software for servers incur licensing costs which can sometimes be quite expensive. The licensing costs differ according to the vendors, with some charging based on number of VMs connected to the server, while others price tag server license on the basis of number of servers bought. CIOs need to wisely compare and get product quotations from different vendors and choose the most appropriate software.

Fast and Efficient Backup and Restoration

When all the servers and VMs are successfully connected to the network, execute restoration operation from the most recent server backup file. After the completion of restoration, IT staff needs to verify whether all the documents are updated. Also for faster troubleshooting of VMs—including backup, restoration, and lifecycle management—enterprises can leverage configuration and infrastructure management tools to better manage their virtualization systems.

These takeaways for a server deployment checklist help CIOs and server administrators reduce much of the mistakes involved while deploying a server. Also it is important to install servers in a cost effective manner, without disrupting existing operations.