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Data Center Audits and Building Enterprise Value (SlideShare) Data Center Audits and Building Enterprise Value (SlideShare). A good data center audit can help business much more than just measuring shortcomings. Find out how being impartial and constructive can go together. Copyright (C) SP Home Run Inc. All worldwide rights reserved.

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Data Center Audits and Building Enterprise Value (SlideShare)

  2. 2. A data center audit can offer useful input at different levels to help data center managers to achieve their business goals. Sponsored by
  3. 3. How Is a Data Center Audit Done? Sponsored by
  4. 4. Auditing, whether in data centers or elsewhere, starts with measuring and comparing. It needs metrics and standards that can be applied consistently and that give meaningful output. Sponsored by
  5. 5. Data centers often use the AICPA SAS 70 audit, requiring organizations to make their own system of controls, and then audits those controls to tell its stakeholders how well practice complies with policy. Sponsored by
  6. 6. More recently, the AICPA brought in SSAE 16 and three associated Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting levels: • A SOC 1 report concerns the accuracy and completeness of the description of the system (the data center in this case) at a specific date. • A SOC 2 report provides details on controls for security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of a system and its information. • A SOC 3 report is for general release with a summary statement on the effectiveness of the controls in place at the data center. Sponsored by
  7. 7. Things that are wrong need to be identified. Constructive auditing practices then offer a structure within which to put things right. Sponsored by
  8. 8. A popular approach is the “Five Cs”: 1. Condition: What is the problem? 2. Criteria: Which standard is not being met? 3. Cause: Why did the problem happen? 4. Consequence: What is the impact (risk, loss) due to the problem? 5. Corrective action: What should data center management do about the problem and by when? Sponsored by
  9. 9. Whether the data center serves just one organization or a number of different customers as in a colocation service, data center guarantees play a large part in the overall credibility and brand image of an enterprise. Sponsored by
  10. 10. While remaining objective, auditors take on a counseling role rather than one of just a critic. They use their knowledge of data centers to go further than the numbers and to apply practical business logic to make useful evaluations and help in achieving business goals. Sponsored by
  11. 11. Do you use internal or external auditors for your data center audit? Sponsored by
  12. 12. Tell us how you handle this and any pros and cons you see with either approach, with a line or two in the space beneath for Comments. Sponsored by
  13. 13. Copyright © SP Home Run Inc. SP Home Run is a RegisteredTrademark of SP Home Run Inc.AllWorldwide Rights Reserved. Recommended Reading Learn How Colocation Data Centers Can Create a Scalable, Data-Driven, Marketing and Sales FunnelThat Powers Growth DownloadYour Free Copy Now at