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Micro Data Center Environments

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (11)

In the past few years, you may have noticed two parallel and seemingly opposite trends happening with data centers. Many businesses have consolidated multiple sites into one or a few centralized, larger facilities. In addition, third-party data center management companies have taken over formerly in-house computing functions. This consolidation has resulted in very large data centers.

Micro Data Center Environments

At the same time, the growth of the IoT and the result of the big data expansion have increased the need for micro data center environments. Micro data centers usually consist of a maximum of one rack that is contained in a relatively small space. While these self-contained and small data centers may have been designed to allow management from a larger data center, they contain everything that's needed for required IT functionality.

Edge devices describe any remote access points into the internet or a network. Some examples might include routers, sensors, smart devices, and other internet-enabled equipment. What edge computing addresses is the need for remote devices by placing storage, data collection, and data processing closer in proximity to these devices. By deploying micro data centers organizations enjoy faster processing speeds, reduced network traffic and in many cases, lower operating costs.

Some challenges with micro data centers that organizations may face include:

  • Ensuring 100-percent uptime: As businesses rely upon a greater number of connected devices, they find that that downtime becomes an unaffordable burden.
  • Keeping systems upgraded and maintained: Companies have more of a challenge when they need to apply patches, upgrade equipment, or make other technological improvements.
  • Lack of standardized hardware: Organizations that have to manage multiple micro data center environments will have trouble working efficiently without having standardized hardware.

How Can Organizations Overcome the Challenges of Running Micro Data Centers?

Organizations have found that the same key IaaP, or infrastructure as a service, best practices that serve larger data centers well also resolve challenges with micro data center environments.

These are the five essential building blocks of IaaP:

  • Risk management: A layered approach allows data center managers to detect and defend against threats either remotely or locally.
  • Power optimization: Remote power monitoring and management reduce power outage risks.
  • Network migration: Versatile connectivity ensures high performance for local storage, communication, and processing.
  • Thermal efficiency: Proper temperature control and airflow management can all be addressed remotely to keep systems in shape and minimize energy waste.
  • DCIM enablement: All data center infrastructure management needs to offer remote control and visibility.

Making Micro Data Centers Work

It's true that large enterprises are starting to rely upon the cloud for processing and storage. However, as many IT functions have become more centralized, these same companies find that they can enjoy better performance with some decentralized micro data centers located near the activities they are meant to support or control. Standardization, remote control and monitoring, and the right design make it possible to keep these data centers running well, safe, and reliable.

Your organization needs resilient and reliable computing systems, and you probably can't use the same solution for all of your processing, storage, and networking requirements.

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Source: “Micro Data Center Solutions” from Anixter.



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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.

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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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