A data center is a physical facility that organizations use to reside their business-critical applications and information. So as they evolve it is important to think long term about how to maintain their ability and security. A strategic risk management methodology can help prioritize risks and prepare for a critical environments audit.
Understanding and Managing Risks
Before managing data center risks it is crucial to understand different categories of threats. The identified categories of threats are the loss of power, service disruption, physical security, and logical security breaches. All these require a significant degree of compliance and security measurements. Taking time to thoroughly vet a service testing provider can help reduce the potential downtime and provide insurance if the tests do not go as planned. Before that, an organization needs to clearly define testing objectives because data testing tends to be expensive. Defining test types a company want to perform can make it easier to find the testing provider and protect from sub-par testing services.
Selecting The Right Provider
When a company engage testing providers detailed question about their testing methodologies and set expectation should be talked on. An uninterruptable power supply is a common data center test which ensures sustenance of UPS. Other potential tests of data center include network bandwidth, application performance, storage capacity, control system behavior, and fault resilience.
After selecting a service provider and communicating the objectives, developing a service level agreement (SLA) is needed that outlines the terms for costs, the scope of service and timeliness. A reputed data center testing service provider will ask for the company's SLAs as part of their planning process.
It is important to see the quality assurance procedures. Providers could use scripts which help engineers reduce manual coding, increase accuracy, broaden the scope of tests, and capture results. There is no universal testing script but only custom coding to get results. A good data center testing provider will employ engineers who know how to work with the test scripts.