The Datacenter is an API: What does that mean?

The Datacenter is an API: What does that mean?

The word API is not new in the English language. But in computing, the term application programming interface (API) has grabbed the attention of many.

The need to create data centers and put them in the cloud, a new data management system, has become a vital measure, which is being observed by most people.

In order to understand the theory behind datacenter branding as an API, it’s necessary to expound on API first.

For one, in the world of Information Technology (IT), datacenters act as subsidiary data storage facilities and with the advancement of technology and subsequent creation of the cloud, where people can entrust the security of data to third parties, this phenomenon has become a topical issue.

Organizations offering these services (data storage) such as Amazon, which is one of the biggest providers are considering transforming the data centers into API’s in fact, expert reviews indicate that Amazon has already transitioned into this.

But why is this practice continuing to grab people’s interests and many IT based organizations? Well, for any datacenter that considers economics as a way to solve various problems, an API would be a considerable approach.

But in all, the primary objective is to achieve all the economics that would include, but not limited to deployment, provisioning as well as an entry level management system.

By adapting this system, larger organizations, probably providing data storage services at a fee could end up starting their own cloud services thus avoid using third parties to secure data.

Since data centers are in fact virtualized storage facilities, they cannot operate without an application programming interface (API) hence why it can be called the same.

Generally, the entire concept can be described as one because all components are operated, provisioned as well as managed through specially designed API’s.

Powering on a virtual machine fails with the error: The VMware Authorization Service is not running

  • Powering on a Windows virtual machine fails
  • You see the error: The VMware Authorization Service is not running


This issue can occur when the VMware Authorization service is not running or when the service does not have administrator rights.

To resolve this issue, start the service and ensure that it does have administrator rights.
To start the VMware Authorization service or to check whether it’s running:
  1. Login to the Windows operating system as the Administrator.
  2. Click Startand then type

  3. Type services.msc and click OK
  4. Scroll down the list and locate that the VMware Authorization service
  5. Click Start the service, unless the service is already is showing a status of Started. Note: The VMware Authorization service depends on the Windows Management Instrumentation service. This service must be running as well. If the VMware Authorization service does not start, or starts and then stops, locate and start the Windows Management Instrumentation service.
If the VMware Authorization service is showing a status of Started, then the service may not have administrator rights.


Data Center Setup Guide

Data center building is not a easy task and you need to consider many critical aspects, here are some of the high level overview to setup data center.

1. Space / Location :

You need to have sufficient space keeping in mind the number of servers you are planning to accomodate. Future expansion should also be given importance when selecting a space. Location is another important factor when you are setting up a datacenter. You need to select a location keeping in mind the following points :

* Accessibility to high speed networks / ISPs.

* Well connected transportation environment because you need to have a 24×7 staff working there.

* Reliable Continious Power Supply

2. Connectivity Providers :

Without connectivity to the internet your datacenter will be nothing more than a computer store room. You have to be very careful when selecting your connectivity providers. It is mandatory that you have connectivity from multiple service providers to provide 24×7 connectivity regardless of any outages. You need to consider the following factors when selecting the connectivity providers :

3. Connectivity speed :
For a datacenter environment you need very good quality and high speed broadband connections. Following are some types of highspeed connections :

* T1 – Speed is 1.544 Mbps in full T1 capacity

* DS3/T3 – Speed is upto 45Mbps in full capacity

* OC3 – Speed is upto 155Mbps

* OC12 – Speed is upto 622 Mbps

* GigE – Speed is upto 1000Mpbs

Selection of speed ideally depends on the number of servers you plan to keep. But a rough calculation suggests you need atleast multiple DS3 lines from different providers to get you decent connectivity for around 50-100 servers depending on their bandwidth usage. We will be discussing each on these types in detail in my further articles.

4. Bandwidth Cost :

Backbone providers charge you per GB or in blocks of GBs for bandwidth. You may calculate your rough usage and calculate the monthly charge you will have if and select the best deal if you ave options to choose from.

5. Gateway connectivity that they have.

Most big ISPs have their own backbones, others lease connectivity from major backbones like UUNET, AT&T,Verio,Cogent, Level3, Sprint etc particularly in US. You will have to do some analysis and research to trace the backbones if you are outside US. You can get this information from major ISPs in your country like in Singapore, it is Singtel. Some major networks are covered at :…s/isp_maps.html . When selecting multiple ISPs you must select ISPs using different backbones so you have connectivity atleast one provider when a backbone goes down.

6. Power Delivery/ UPS

Continious power supply is the most important requirement along with connectivity to have 0% outages for the servers. Multiple power backups are preferred. Depending on the number of server you will accomodate you need to place the power backup infrastructure. A combination of battery backups plus heavy duty diesel generators is generally preferred in most leading datacenters of the world. The idea is to maintain power supply through battery backups till generators become operational in times of power grid failures. If you can build a backup infrastructure to give you about 24 hours of backup it is more than sufficient for normal power outages.

7. Airconditioning / Fire Control Equipment /Security .

Servers are bound to get heated due to their continious working. A temperature controlled environment is very essential for proper functioning of the servers. When calculating power backup capcity you must consider airconditioning use as well. The temperature of the server rooms need to be maintained at 20-22 degrees celcius at all times. With the thousands/millions of wires connecting the servers to the power sources and connectivity sources, they are prone to some short-circuits which at times can cause fire. Fire control equipment needs to be installed in every room with automated triggering functions to prevent any damage. There are various types of fire control equipments available to opt from. Equipments which will not cause direct harm to server hardware should be selected. Use of liquid extinguishers should be avoided. Mist entinguishers can be used at the most. You also need to have security equipments in place to protect any critical or confidential data that the servers might be handling. Secure entry, logging of each visitor, limited staff access to actual server rooms, video camera monitoring are some things you need to implement for security.

8. Hardware / Internal Network

With the amount of investment being put in it is necessary to have reliable and robust hardware for best performance of the server. We will discuss about the server hardware itself in a seperate topic. Apart from servers hardwares like cables, routers, switches, racks etc. are also needed. You need to form a rigid internal network structure which should include backups for each active network when designing your internal network. We will discuss the contructions of the internal network and the exact applications of each hardware in the “Actual Setup of a Datacenter” article to follow.

9. Staff
Datacenters operate 24×7 and so you need to have staff present their 24 hours a day. Staff levels range from cleaning personnel to senior system administrators, reboot guys, network technicians etc. An experienced and knowledgable staff will ensure smooth operaing of a datacenter. If you have selected a transportationwise well connected location you should get good staff as well.

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