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Monday, March 18, 2002


Knowledge Captured. I'm going to wait for Kate to pick up the knowledge management thread to which she and I are contributing before going deeper into that topic. Knowledge management is Kate's domain and I am going to defer to her expertise, while learning everything I can from her. In this entry I want to address a topic that's important, but one that we tend to overlook: data center management. There is a large body of knowledge about this discipline, but it is difficult to find.

Data Center Knowledge Base. When was the last time you saw a book about data center management in your local bookstore? Even a search on Amazon, which boasts over two million books, yields two titles, one of which is out-of-print. However, you can find excellent material with persistence and the help of Google. Here are the gems that I uncovered:

Closely related in a PowerPoint presentation titled System Administration Efficiency, which covers many issues related to data center management.

Fairness. To be fair to Amazon my title search was limited to books with the words "data center" in the title. There are some excellent books, if you're familiar with the top ones in print, and most of them are published as books in the Harris Kern Enterprise Computing Series. Mike and I have reviewed all but two of the books in this series on Amazon. Of the remaining two, we are each ready to post a review of IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures, which is probably the best book in the series. As soon as we post our reviews on Amazon we'll post them here as well, so you can read why we both think so highly of this book.