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What Money Pitfalls to Avoid When Building a Data Center

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (6)


Building a data center is a task that requires planning, precision, and financial consideration. If your organization's motto is "hurry up and get it done", then you are already suffering from at least one money draining data center mistake. Conversely, if you view your future data center as an energy-hungry beast, then you need to adopt a new mentality that will help you to create a data center that will serve your present and future needs. Avoiding the following three common mistakes will not only help you to avoid money pitfalls, but they will guide you in the construction of a high-functioning data center that can meet your organization's needs.

Mistake #1: Not Building to Scale.
Whether you are building a new data center or expanding an existing one, size matters. It is natural to want to build your data center for your future needs, however, this mentality can quickly lead to a money pit. This happens if you create a data center that will meet your "hopeful" needs rather than your "anticipated" needs. When you build a data center based off of "hopeful" needs, you will spend too much money on power and cooling systems that are drastically oversized for the actual IT loads. This mistake will lead to drastically increased electrical costs. 

Instead, you should build based on the ability to gradually add capacity needs. This solution will require you to create the right-sized data center by leveraging modular components and energy-efficient tools, such as the Raritan PX intelligent PDUs. Raritan's PX Series delivers reliable power distribution at both the PDU circuit breaker and inlet level, making it the ideal choice for monitoring energy efficiency so that you can make informed capacity planning decisions. By leveraging tools, you can build the data center infrastructure that simultaneously matches current demand and is primed for future expansion, so that your organization can enjoy significant savings. 

Mistake #2: Undermining the Importance of an End-to-End Data Center Strategy
Unless you want to create a money hole, a data center should never be constructed without an end-to-end strategy. This means that you need to have both a systematic and structural plan in mind that will guide you through the building process. Remember that everything from positioning the IT racks to determining the number of air conditioners needed will impact your electrical costs, which are one of the primary costs associated with a data center. Additionally, to avoid spending unnecessary funds, you should carefully consider the equipment that you install. For example, rack power distribution hardware is a tool that can remain in place for numerous technology refresh cycles over the course of multiple years. A Raritan PX Intelligent PDU will support both current and future growth demands, while simultaneously effectively distributing power to generate increased energy efficiencies that can result in significant cost savings.  

Mistake #3: Failing to Effectively Plan for Capacity
Whether you are expanding an existing data center or creating an entirely new center, you must effectively coordinate both your floor and rack space. To maximize efficiencies, you will need to assess your power, power distribution, cooling, and cooling distribution capabilities. If you fail to properly create and execute a capacity plan, then you can leave your data center stranded when this plan is most needed. The solution to this potential money hole is to leverage the power of a capacity management tool, such as Power IQ Software solution. Power IQ is a DCIM Operations Software that is designed to maintain continuously accurate and real-time views into the capacity of your entire data center. From measuring physical space to cooling availability to power and networking loads within the racks to provide insights needed for a data center to operate at maximum efficiency levels. 

The Bottom Line: Avoid Data Center Money Pitfalls With Proper Planning
Maximizing the profitability, efficiency, and effectiveness of your data center is made easier when you avoid the above three mistakes. By understanding your current and future business needs, leveraging the right technologies, and properly planning ahead, you can avoid money pitfalls and successfully enhance your existing or newly constructed data center.

Raritan's Xerus Technology Platform ensures a longer lifespan of your power infrastructure by leveraging this higher amount of computing power, together with a flexible and extensible software architecture. As your data center changes and new requirements are needed, Xerus will continue to add new features and functionalities to your existing PX PDU deployment. To learn more about Xerus Technology Platform visit our website 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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