Beware the fancy NOC
There are a lot of data centers out there that like to do what some would call “peacocking” – also known as “display” in the zoology world. These data centers want you to see how “high tech” they are the minute you walk in the door. Their Network Operations Center is maxed out with top of the line monitors, computers and gadgets. Most of this is just for show, much like the male peacock, they want to entice you with all of their flashy fixtures. In truth, they don’t need all of that to run their data center. Hopefully, like Data Cave, they have all kinds of alerts and alarms that send notifications out to their phones, e-mail and any other form of communication necessary to alert someone of a problem. They just want you to be wowed by their fancy NOC. That’s not to say the rest of the data center suffers for it. Plenty of data centers have high end equipment from start to finish.
The moral of the story is: don’t judge a data center by its NOC. Some may be over embellished to make up for something else and some, like Data Cave, might be a little less showy because we put the big bucks in the important critical equipment that supports customers.