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Can data center remote hands service install new network card?

Long story short: I'm co-locating a standard server box in a data center in a faraway foreign country. I need to install a specialized network card that isn't sold or included by the OEM. I'd like to ...
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How to determine optimal fiber cable length?

We are going to send several servers for colo in a datacenter where we got 20U space (half a cabinet). Our configuration includes 1x4U, 1x2U and 1x1U servers and 1U for a switch. They'll all be ...
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How to connect a Juniper EX4500 to netapp X1107A

What is the best and not expensive way to connect a Juniper EX4500 to a X1107A Chelsio PCI Netapp card? Will these do (10GBASE-SR) for both end? and then connect with fiber cable? How important is it ...
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Is it really that easy to move this network?

I am just wondering if maybe I am over simplifying things here. I have a network housed in one data center in Seattle. We will be moving out of that data center this weekend. For the sake of keeping ...
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Is it possible to use mixed 110V / 208V power on a single server with dual power supplies?

Is it possible to run a dual power supply server with one PS plugged into 110V, and the other power supply plugged into 208V? We've asked the vendors and they say they've never tested it or some other ...
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Fallback between datacenters

What is the best way to do a fallback between datacenters. We have a dedicated server in one of the data centers and as our traffic increased i wanted to add more then backup i wanted redundancy and ...
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How do I use Client9's IPCat with IPTables

I'd like to block all ips of all datacenters in the world with this list: https://github.com/client9/ipcat But I don't know how to use that list, I'd like a bash script that checks if there's an ...
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Purpose of vent holes on the top of rackmount servers?

Edit: Because of the high number of downvotes on this question, I would appreciate if you could comment on why you think the question deserves so. I believe the question is clearly asking for the ...
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Methods for monitoring and alerting data issues when dealing with complex dependencies

In this hypothetical example, we have a data flow across multiple engineering teams in an ecommerce company. These teams deliver services, produce data, and consume data at different points of the ...
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I've inherited a rat's nest of cabling. What now?

You know, you see pictures like below and sort of chuckle until you actually have to deal with it. I have just inherited something that looks like the picture below. The culture of the organization ...
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Does an Intel server with RMM4 (IPMI BMC) need two IP addresses/cables?

I am managing a co-located server which has been rebooted and has not turned back on. It is in a data center and difficult to access, as such I am looking at Intel's RMM4 (compatible with the server ...
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How do servers with redundant power supplies balance consumption?

I have several servers from the HP DL360 line (generations 5-8). Each of these servers has two power supplies installed. The 2 power supplies in each server are fed from different circuits. My ...
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Zinc Whiskers in Data Centers

A message thread on this site from 2010 through an update in 2012 was on a server room that was closed due to zinc whiskers and they thought the flaking was from access flooring & its support. I ...
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Ideal humidity for a server room?

Most equipment is rated for a wide range of humidity (5 to 95% non-condensing, for instance). However, what is the ideal humidity? Higher humidity carries heat away from equipment a little better, ...
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Do you skip a rack unit between servers?

It seems like there's a lot of disagreement in mindsets when it comes to installing rackmount servers. There have been threads discussing cable arms and other rackmount accessories, but I'm curious: ...
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SYBASE Connection slow to data center

My team and I are in the midst of migrating some of our servers to a new data center (we are connected via MPLS). I'm testing the first of our dev servers and am running into an issue. This server ...
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How disable notifications in Centreon through Nagios?

I would like to disable some services notifications in Centreon through Nagios web interface. Does anybody know how do that in Nagios ?
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Switch in front of router - multiple public IPs

Network Gurus, This seems logical and doable but want to have an advice from experts. We have /26 on single drop in our datacenter. Some of our application servers (A) need public IP addresses and ...
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How long a latest rack server in data center takes to boot? [closed]

For an short/simple experiments, I need to know how long a latest rack server Xen/Vmware hypervisor installed with its utilities takes time to boot up (cold boot)? In our lab we do not have rack ...
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HDD seq. read performance

I read the specs for one of the latest Hitachi HDD, https://www.hgst.com/sites/default/files/resources/USC10K1800_ds.pdf . It indicates a speed of SAS 12 Gb/s which is 1.5 GB/s. Is it the sequential ...
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Can CHEF have different databags in different datacenters

Chef 12 has the notion of organizations, and environments. How would you logically model different data centers? For example, if you have two data centers, with 2 environments. us-datacenter ...
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Receiving Cable/Satellite Television in Colo?

I am running analysis over many live TV channels (both broadcast and cable networks). Currently I have an office setup with couple of DISH receivers hooked up to HDMI capture cards in a machine ...
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Hosting websites in our Workplace custom-built datacentre

I'm faced with unique learning opportunity at work at the moment. Due to the slowdown (amongst other reasons), the powers that be at my office have decided to abandon our shared hosting providers ...
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getting started automating virtualization with powershell on windows [closed]

What are some good books or resources for learning automate virtual PCs on Windows DataCenter? I want to be able to build VPCs with both automated installs and from images, preferably via powershell. ...
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Server utilization and how to deal with datacenter failure

New technologies like Docker, Mesos, Kubernetes etc. allow much better server utilisation in an organisation. However, I'd like to know how utilisation can be maximised across two datacenters, taking ...
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What is the correct temperature for a server room?

When I was working in our server room, I noticed that it was very cold. I know that the server room has to be cold to offset the heat of the servers, but perhaps it is TOO cold. What is an ...
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What technology do data center use to guarantee low RTT?

I was reading about data-center-tcp DCTCP and the paper was talking about the low retransmission timer (RTT) of about 250┬Ás, but didn't state how that is being done. Somewhere else I read that DCTCP ...
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Why datacenter water cooling is not widespread?

From what I read and hear about datacenters, there are not too many server rooms which use water cooling, and none of the largerst datacenters use water cooling (correct me if I'm wrong). Also, it's ...
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Servers in different DC's - performance impact

Today Linode eat my nerves completely by shutting down main DB server for 25 minutes due to their internal network problems. Right today I was going to set up another one server at linode to set up ...
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HDFS performances on apache spark

I have several issues related to HDFS, that may have different roots. I'm posting as much information as I can, with the hope that I can get your opinion on at least some of them. Basically the cases ...
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Setting up a caching system r/w in DCs across continents

We are going to implement a caching system to make our front-end servers which are located in different data centres in Asia, America and Europe can read and write some small JSON data in the shortest ...
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Apache Spark infrastructure - combining compute and storage nodes

I have an infrastructure question around Apache Spark, which I'm looking at rolling out in a greenfield project with (at most) approximately 4 TB of data used for modelling at any given time. ...
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Cable Management Policy

We've all seen good and bad examples of cable management. What are objective, measurable requirements that can be used in a policy to maintain cabling order in the rack/server room/data center? ...
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I have a firewall that supports 1Gbit ethernet ports but 1.4Gbit of traffic, can I make use of a 10Gbit pipe from the router in this case?

We're putting up a rack of servers in a datacenter which provides us either a 1Gbit pipe or 10Gbit pipe from the router (our choice, our package includes 10Gbit). But if we have a firewall which ...
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Maxing out both PDUs in a rack with redundant power

If I have a rack full of servers using redundant power supplies, and I'm keeping the amps at 80% (16A of 20A), isn't this still asking for trouble in the event of a power loss on one of the circuits? ...
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How many power circuits do I have in a rack?

I'm planning to get some colocation space from someone in my area, and like most companies that offer colocation, ask about power supplies (of course) in the quote form. I'll need a power of 1000W ...
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Zero-U PDU preferred mount location

Looking for some experience from the field - The rack I manage has two zero-U vertical PDU's supplied by the datacenter. They have fitted one on each side (one on the left, one on the right). The ...
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How to manage a global VM startup order across the whole datacenter?

Suppose you have a fully virtualized VMware infrastructure: ESXi, vCenter, vMotion, HA, DRS, the whole package. Inside, you have lots of VMs, which at any given time may reside on one host or another ...
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What's the best fire suppression for a server room? [closed]

What is the state of the art in fire suppression for server rooms? What are the top priorities in choosing a good system?
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What photograph technology is appropriate for site/datacenter documentation?

I manage 500+ sites and need a better visual way of documenting and walking people through a given datacenter. I'm considering taking several (hundred) pictures and stitching them together so that I ...
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Why would you internally use NAT? [closed]

I work at a fairly huge company as a software engineer and I would like to understand why an enterprise would internally use NAT. We have several data centers, somewhat geographically close to each ...
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How do you ensure that two data network links have no SPOF?

How do you ensure that two data network links have no SPOF (Single Point of Failure)? We are working on a datacenter network connectivity and need to ensure that there will be no SPOF. We will have ...
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Set up layer 2 vlan between 2 data centres

Our data centre provider operates 2 sites, and we currently have equipment in one and would like to have equipment in the second. They've told me that they operate a layer 2 vlan between the 2 sites ...
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Using Y power cables in a datacenter

I've always assumed that using Y cables from the PDU to redundant PSUs in the same server was totally acceptable practice, however I was recently speaking to someone that said that their colo wouldn't ...
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Sealing Tiles and Cable routes in datacenter fire supression

I've been given the task of moving a small datacenter (3 Racks) into a new building where a server room was built with water sprinklers. The issue was raised and the contractor changed it to an FM200 ...
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Ethernet full duplexity and collision confusion!

Folks, I am having a tough time figuring this out: in a full-duplex LAN segment are there any collisions to be taken care of when (i) There are only two stations connected point to point (ii) When ...
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Standard Bolt Pattern for Racks in Datacenters

Is there a "standard" way of bolting racks down that is interchangeable between vendors? At our datacenter we've standardized on a Damac rack for our builds. Because we're building in volume, the ...
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What's the benefit of using “containers” in the datacenter as opposite to regular installation

I have just seen this video: Google container data center tour What is not quite clear to me is, what's the benefit from placing the servers inside containers?
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Rack layout for future growth

We're getting ready to move to a new colo facility and I'm designing the rack layout. While we have a full rack, we only have 12U worth of hardware right now: 1x 1U switch 7x 1U servers 1x 2U server ...
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Best floor of a tall building to locate your server room or data center [closed]

What reasons would you give for locating data centre in the basement instead of a upper floors?