With Internet-connected devices and data becoming as critical as electricity, data center uptime is projected to be the highest priority in the 2020s.
For data centers, the notion that you need to be perfect isn’t too far from the truth. IT professionals and data center managers must think now about what the economy will expect from them in the early 2020s, and any decision they make needs to head for the sky.
The highest demand for data centers is likely to come from workers and consumers who are connected to the Internet 24*7, either by means of smartphones or connected devices.
Predictive support will be the key to keeping the data center up and running. Here are some guidelines on how to achieve a system with near-perfect uptime without adversely impacting cybersecurity or intuitive functionality:
Using Multiple Servers in Separate Locations
One way to ensure that a DNS does not encounter traffic overload is using several redundant servers or server clusters set up in different locations. In addition to creating servers in collocation centers that are closer to users, cloud servers backed up by strong application programming interfaces are also a viable failover solution— especially for storing and recovering important data.
Arranging DNS to Eliminate Single Points of Failure
One of the most fundamental ways to ensure that the system has a high degree of uptime is to remove the single point of failure. Technologically speaking, if an individual network component failure causes the entire device to collapse, it is known to be a SPOF – such as a broken link in a network.
Conduct "White Hat" Procedures, Such as a Penetration Testing
In order to find any weaknesses in a system that might leave it vulnerable to cyber-attacks, an operator should perform a penetration tests playing the position of a hacker trying to gain access to the system. If bugs have been found and exploited, the code should be improved or otherwise fixed.
Organize Routine Employee Cyber Safety Training
If the personnel responsible for operating a system or several systems are oblivious of the measures required to ensure the highest degree of uptime, downtime is inevitable. Frequent training sessions– especially with regard to cybersecurity – should be an integral part of the framework to ensure optimal uptime.
Never Miss Out on Software/Hardware Updates
Another common reason why a system may lose uptime is miss out on software or hardware update providing weak attack surface to hackers. Software and hardware should be upgraded to include all IoT products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones.