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Management Structure

Question: I'm looking for best-practice information with regard to the organizational management structure of a large data center (120,000 square feet). Any data describing roles, responsibility, and reporting relationships would be appreciated.

Answer: This can best be answered by understanding the IT products and services that will be provided by the data center. There are several feasible operating models and a few questions should be addressed to give you the practical answer. For example:

  • What functional areas and systems will be installed in the data center?
  • Will the silos include telephony, mainframe, LINUX, UNIX, Windows, NAS, SAN, networking, security, middleware, and facilities infrastructure, etc?
  • Are you following a functional silo model or are you providing products and services in accordance with the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) IT Service Management framework?
  • How does the rest of the organization support the data center? Will the data center provide 24-hour or lights-out support?
  • What is the data centers relationship to other support areas?

The answers to these questions will provide the basis for your solution.

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