Availability quantification and prediction of IT infrastructure in data centers are of paramount importance for online business enterprises. In this chapter, we present comprehensive availability models for practical case studies in order to demonstrate a state-space stochastic reward net model for typical data center systems for quantitative assessment of system availability. We present stochastic reward net models of a virtualized server system, a data center network based on DCell topology, and a conceptual data center for disaster tolerance. The systems are then evaluated against various metrics of interest, including steady state availability, downtime and downtime cost, and sensitivity analysis.
Part of the book: Dependability Engineering