Posted on February 8, 2018 by Gento | Comments (8)
As business innovates, data centers are feeling a crunch. Their customers demand speed and density, no longer satisfied with what once seemed cutting-edge. Find out how data network center designs are changing at every level to focus on speed and density.
Businesses Continue to Invest in Data Centers
For now, it seems businesses are content to invest in data centers as they explore the cloud. A 31 percent of responders to a recent survey from Network Computers Report plan to invest half, or more, of their IT budgets in data center facilities, operations, or hardware in 2018. Companies plan to spend the most amount of money on servers, while virtualization and public cloud services are also top priorities.
Rich Media Behind Demand for Faster Connection Speeds
Where 10 gigabit Ethernet connections used to be large enough to accommodate both inter-center (east-west) and intra-center (north-south) traffic, this is no longer the case. From big data to rich media, customers are simply flooding the data center with larger packets of data than the Ethernet connections can accommodate.
In some data centers, connections have increased tenfold to 100 gigabit Ethernet -- and not merely at chokepoints, but throughout the data center.
Some enterprise data centers are exploring Ethernet alternatives, too, be it dedicated wavelengths or robust dark fiber in their quest to keep pace with changing demands for speed.
Flat Design is Falling Out of Favor
From the original flat design, networks grew tiered, then flat, and then tiered into the leaf-spine shape that has become the current standard, offering a balance between flat and resilient. The flatter the network, the less an individual data packet has to travel to pass through the data center.
Recently, deep design is coming back into favor. We're starting to see a resurgence of the three-tier structure where intermediate points connect branch nodes to one another, to the data center, and to the internet. In some data centers, there's more complex networking due to WAN-cloud exchanges, which leverage the benefits of the cloud with the reliability and security of the data center.
WAN-cloud exchanges offer a virtual alternative to physical infrastructure management for these connections, relying on exchange routers for connectivity rather than direct-to-cloud routers. WAN-cloud exchanges serve as connectivity hubs between many different cloud service providers and enterprises.
Since they're virtual, data centers can set up many more of these WAN connections than they can direct connections. What's more, WAN-cloud exchanges are easy to set up, secure, and agile. It takes minutes to spin up a virtual direct connection at the moment of need. With WAN-cloud exchanges, data centers are limited only by their imagination in their options for link connectivity.
Cloud Resources Demand Fast Connectivity
The widespread adoption of cloud resources also plays a role in the push for faster data centers. Customers need speed to connect cloud resources to the data center's applications or to accommodate their onsite cloud users, and data centers need cloud resources to stay cost-effective.
Data centers have started connecting at the edge to cloud providers' networks through colocation facilities, either physically or through a point of presence, increasing capacity while decreasing lag time. Technologies like Direct Connect (from Amazon Web Services) or ExpressRoute (Microsoft Azure) are driving this edge connectivity. This sort of edge computing is projected to grow, and bring with it major changes to the flow of information through data centers.
Staying on top of trends in the data center can help your company make better decisions, provide better service to customers, and remain future ready. How will you prepare for what 2018 brings? To learn about how the latest innovations in power distribution are meeting the demand for increased speed with a Standard Gigabit Ethernet click here.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.