What Would A Data Center Stack Look Like?

Members of Data Center Pulse have developed a proposal for a Data Center Stack, similar to the seven-layer OSI model used in network architecture.

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The networking world has always has its stack. But what about the data center? The Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model, or OSI Model, divides network architecture into seven levels. At its first conference in February, members of Data Center Pulse developed a proposal for a standardized "Data Center Stack," segmenting data center operations into seven layers. The group's draft proposal is illustrated in the graphic above (click the chart for a larger version).

"We all suddenly realized we need to have the same language, the same stack," said Dean Nelson, a co-founder of Data Center Pulse. "If we can come up with common terminology, we can start to apply individual layer metrics." That would lay the groundwork for metrics and certifications for entire data center facilities, Nelson said.

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