Similarly, when you buy a car from a dealership, it includes a handbook on troubleshooting issues with the vehicle.

Purchasing, deploying and maintaining IT infrastructure require an extensive capital investment and detailed operation.

However, many companies don’t have any sort of handbook or guide on risk management for that IT infrastructure and may not be aware of how much of a role data center operations play in reducing and managing some of that risk.

Fortunately, the data center industry has the guidance of the Uptime Institute, an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency and reliability of business-critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration and independent certifications.

The Institute’s Management & Operations (M) Stamp of Approval offers existing data centers third-party validation and validates the rigor and effectiveness of a facility’s management and operations.

Uptime Institute recently published an executive handbook, “Risk Management for IT infrastructure,” which examines important issues in data center safety, operations and compliance.

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