Posted on May 2, 2017 by Gento | Comment (0)
When a data center suffers from disasters that result in a power outage, it affects more than just the data center. It has the potential to impact the entire operation with drastic consequences on service delivery and overall profitability. The root causes of downtime in data centers are inadequate power management and human error, which leads to a staggering cost per minute of $9,000 in 2016.
Addressing These Challenges
Regardless of the type of situation, you're trying to prevent, all data center operators need to review their backup plans, their infrastructures, and their vulnerabilities on a regular basis. A vital part of the back plan must involve a thorough review of power distribution. The fact that one or more of your servers is not wired to backup power isn't necessarily a problem today but will become critical in case of an outage and dramatically impact your operation.
When considering your data center disaster recovery plan it’s important to note that power management is an integral pillar and remember “you cannot manage what you don't measure” - end of story. This is a large part why intelligent cabinets have become one of the keys to not only recover service quickly in case of an outage but also avoid outages and downtime altogether. With intelligent infrastructure, you get actionable insight into your power consumption and capacity, which helps you make better equipment provisioning and change decisions quickly.
Within an intelligent cabinet, intelligent PDUs provide different types of metering - you can collect real-time information in different areas, including input/inlet level metering, circuit breaker status monitoring, outlet/device level metering, remote outlet switching/control and more. All of this monitoring gives you the ability to collect real-time information from the input power feed, branch circuits, and all the way to the device level with outlet level metering.
This type of information is of paramount importance when it comes to taking a proactive approach to power management. It paves the way for advanced alarming for early visibility to issues, allowing you to stop small problems before they have a chance to become much bigger (and more expensive) ones. Intelligent PDUs also provide additional benefits by enabling asset management, remote server access and control, intelligent rack power distribution - all of which can lead to additional benefits like cost reduction and increased operational efficiency.
Remember that we're living in a world where human error is to blame for more than 70% of all data center outages. Intelligent monitoring and power management are key to preventing outages that could harm your business and ultimately your customers. To learn more about Raritan’s power and infrastructure management solutions visit us at http://www.raritan.com/products/power-distribution/intelligent-rack-pdus.
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.