Posted on June 27, 2017 by Gento | Comment (0)
As more and more devices are connected to the Internet (thanks largely due to the increased popularity of the Internet of Things), new data centers are being rapidly built to support this additional workload. At the same time, managing energy consumption efficiently is still a major challenge for data center operators, in order to maintain reliable application delivery and uptime.
Here are some of this year’s major trends in the data center industry, currently impacting owners and operators.
The Rise of the High-Density Data Center
On the subject of power, one of the most immediate trends to pay attention to is the shift towards high-density data center construction. These facilities only require about half the amount of space to support the same amount of equipment when compared to their predecessors, which are only built to handle about 4 to 5 kW of critical power per cabinet.
In an era where US data centers are expected to require six times the amount of the electricity of New York City by 2020, this is a trend worth embracing. High-density data centers not only improve operational efficiency but have also proven useful in order to reduce capital expenditures and lower operating costs across the board.
Although it's true that end users require power chains resilient and versatile enough to support the higher power within the rack, increasing power measurement at the outlet level is still an essential primary step towards a successful implementation of these ideas.
Edge Data Centers
Edge data centers are built around the idea that all data doesn't necessarily need to be processed in the same place. By processing certain data in specific locations that are closer to the end user or application, it allows for a new level of speed, efficiency and ultimate data quality at the same time. This creates a situation similar to highly distributed computing environments, where each site is largely self-sustained but still maintains some connectivity to the primary data center.
Hence, the focus isn't about selecting the best hardware - it's placing the emphasis on the best way to process information given the circumstances to create the best information at the lowest cost.
Perhaps the biggest benefit that edge data centers provide the end users is lower bandwidth costs, thanks to the shorter backbone transport. Situations like storage and backup for remote and branch offices also become easier, as there is no longer one universal set of rules, and administrators can assess the needs of individual situations and take steps from there.
Smarter Technologies and the IoT
Finally, another one of the top data center trends to watch for in 2017 is actually one that has been growing in popularity over the last several years. As more and more data centers incorporate "smart" technologies (like those enabled by the Internet of Things) into their organizations, managers, and other business leaders will be able to keep better track of components and environmental measurements in real-time.
"Smart" environmental sensors measure properties like temperature, humidity, and electricity consumption. Network equipment monitoring will maintain a much higher level of uptime by alerting officials to small problems before they have a chance to become much bigger and more pressing later on. All of this will be yet another contributor to reduced capital and operational expenditures.
To that end, the Internet of Things itself will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. As the IoT and similar technologies force data centers to evolve to meet demands, those same devices will allow data centers to change in a much more natural, organic and simplified direction. At that point, the Internet of Things becomes both a challenge and an opportunity at the exact same time - definitely something to keep your eye on moving forward. To learn more about Raritan and IoT, discover our Eliot program 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.