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Data Center Storage and Networking with the iX7 Advance Controller

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Gento  |  Comment (1)

The iX7 PDU Controller was designed from the ground up to allow operators to make the most of their available resources in a way that positions them to not only meet the challenges of today but to address the demands of the future. It can be integrated into existing PX3 intelligent  PDU models with no additional costs required. At the same time, it brings those PX3 models more ports, more computing power, and the ability to execute more varied applications to help operators manage their data centers more efficiently and at lower costs than ever before.

Complete with a future-proof design architecture, the iX7 is a PDU controller that is built to stand the test of time in more ways than one.

The Impact of Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity to the Rack Infrastructure

In an effort to act as a solution that is both easy to use and easy to deploy, the iX7 generation controller provides a standard Gigabit Ethernet port. This itself brings with it two key benefits. First, adapting to a given Gigabit E switch environment is now easier because operators no longer have to install separate network adapters and other pieces of equipment. Making Gigabit Ethernet available now is also a way to guarantee seamless connectivity into modern and future switching infrastructures, allowing operators to both meet the requirements of today while planning for the challenges of the future.

Gigabit Ethernet would be invaluable in a situation where operators need to create cascading, for example, to free up USB ports on an existing controller for use with other applications.

Gigabit Ethernet is important to the modern network topology thanks to the wide range of different benefits it brings to the table. It's capable of speeds up to 1000 Mbps, exponentially faster than the previous solutions. Because it provides more total bandwidth, it is helpful for operations in data centers where multiple users may be accessing the same network device at the same time. This results in less congestion and ultimately higher performance, all of which are essential to maintaining maximum uptime. Even tasks like file transfers and backups become faster and more efficient when Gigabit Ethernet is employed.

The iX7 Advance Controller: Other Features and Benefits

Thanks to its unique design, the iX7 also offers a wide range of additional benefits like:

  • Dual Networking for Network Backup. Being able to leverage both Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet at the same time creates a necessary redundancy to a local PDU network and to secure communications. It helps to remove single points of failures, which is especially valuable in the case of a remotely managed data facility. Connecting just a single iX7 to two separate VLANs, for example, allows for reliable backup access in the event of a network failure.
  • Dual Network Access. The iX7’s design allows it to be connected to two separate networks, both with clearly separate policies, while still allowing a third party to read critical power data and receive appropriate alerts for faster remediation and problem-solving. If a member of the colocation technical team is alerted instantly when a short circuit occurs and a circuit breaker is about to trip, for example, they can access the PDU to diagnose and quickly intervene on behalf of a tenant.
  • As stated, the iX7 also allows for resilient network deployment with extended cascading capabilities. Operators can now leverage dual Ethernet ports to cascade PDUs across a much longer distance using the Closed Loop STP protocol. This eliminates any single point of failure of network connectivity that could lead to costly downtime, all while still allowing access from both ends of the chain.

 ​​​​In the End

When you are talking about a situation like a power loss, every second is critical. It is not only important to know that a problem has occurred, but having the relevant data and insights at your fingertips is paramount to act quickly to remediate. Thanks to these and other advanced features that are only present on the iX7 advance controller from Raritan, you're now in the best possible position to do exactly that. To learn more about the advance iX7 controller and PX intelligent power distribution units click here.



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What Are the Top Concerns for Data Center Managers?

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (4)

Top Four Concerns for Data Center Managers
Preparedness is often the first step for resolving potential challenges and devising solutions. As such, in order to properly prepare for the future of data centers, it is important to first understand the top concerns for data center managers.

1. Climate Change. -- In a recent 2018 study, more than 50 percent of participating organizations were concerned about the potential for climate change disruptions to existing data centers. Throughout the globe, organizations need to take into consideration the potentially negative impacts of rising temperatures, growing floodplains, and an increase in violent storms. All three types of climate change coincide with the increase in region-wide disasters. In order to prepare for this potential challenge, data centers need to include disaster and emergency planning efforts into the broader business continuity plans for the entire organization.

2. Data Center Infrastructure Security Threats. -- Due to the nature of the sensitive business and personal information that they hold, data centers need to remain vigilant for potential infrastructure security threats. Recent studies show that these attacks are more frequently being conducted on an IP-basis. As such, organizations need to effectively control how machines are connected to their data centers. Through private networks, a limited number of access points, and stringent monitoring systems, data centers can remain prepared to effectively combat infrastructure security threats.

3. Emerging Edge Computing Capacity. -- Edge computing is set to be one of the emerging technologies that disrupt the data center sector. This type of technology is a direct response for the need to process data closer to where it is generated, consumed, integrated, and computed. As with any emerging data center technology, the concern for many managers lies in security and data sovereignty. However, as organizations require access to data at the "edge," these solutions will continue to be implemented for a variety of purposes. From "store and forward," to data consolidation and backup, self-contained micro-modular data centers will play a key role in deploying a viable solution for edge computing.

4. DCIM Strategies. -- Data center complexity is on the rise. As a response to this increased complexity, the requirements for control, management, and visibility from DCIM software has also grown. Fortunately, DCIM products have recently matured to now offer rich, scalable, and stable management solutions to increase the forecasting, agility, and efficiencies of data centers. While it is still an under-deployed technology, it is expected that as it continues to mature, so too will it become a more widely adopted solution. The challenge for data center managers will be creating and implementing the operational changes needed to support DCIM software.

The Bottom Line: Be Prepared for Upcoming Challenges
Climate change, data center infrastructure security threats, edge computing, and DCIM strategies are all concerning areas for data center managers. As these emerging technologies continue to be adopted, data centers will need to take a proactive approach. Through a state of preparedness, data centers can more readily adopt the technologies needed to meet the growing needs of organizations. Finally, with the right knowledge and preparation, data centers can continue to grow and evolve as they adopt new technologies, address the concerns of data center managers, and meet the evolving needs of organizations.

Find out how Raritan can help solve your power data center concerns. Visit our website here


Why Easy to Use PDUs will Help Your Data Center

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (4)

With the rapid expansion of data centers creating highly complex IT infrastructures, it’s becoming more important than ever to find ways to increase the efficiency of day-to day operations.  One of the most practical ways to achieve improved efficiency is through devices that are easy to use and easy to deploy.


Cost Savings with Micro Data Centers

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (2)

Major changes in data centers operations have historically involved the location of data processing. At one time, this function was moved off-site to mainframes, but the advent of microcomputers, now known as desktops or PCs, brought data processing back to the customer’s own data center. Cloud servers and collocated data centers resulted in data processing being performed off-site once again.

Today, some organizations are using micro data centers to process data on their own premises. This solution can provide performance improvements that justify the initial expense of a data center and has the potential to gain wide acceptance in the near future.


5 Reasons to Prioritize Rack-Level Management Now

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (17)

If you’re an IT leader, you’ve probably made significant investments in data center management over the past few years. That’s because the success of the organization you serve depends heavily on the technical and economic performance of your data center. So the more digital your organization becomes, the smarter you have to be about how you manage your data center infrastructure.

Chances are, though, that you’ve focused on aggregate management of your data center as a whole. That’s good – but it will only get you so far. To fully optimize the value your business derives from its data center capex and opex, you must aggressively pursue operational excellence at the rack level.


What is an intelligent PDU?

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (16)

An Intelligent Power Distribution Unit (iPDU) is a networked power distribution unit that increases the efficiencies of data centers with real-time remote power monitoring, environmental monitoring, and data center infrastructure integration. Intelligent rack PDUs deliver technologies which enables a smarter IT infrastructure so you can stay ahead of problems before they occur. They help achieve the ultimate goal of any data center manager, maintaining uptime while reducing cost.


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