Posted on March 25, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
Data centers throughout the globe are constantly finding new ways to innovate. More often than not, these innovative approaches stem from a growing need to reduce unexpected downtime, increase efficiencies, streamline operations, and optimize the entire data center for future growth. While you most often hear about enhancements to DCIM solutions or the benefits of intelligent rack PDUs, one topic that isn't covered as often are outlet types including C21 / C22.
Posted on March 13, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
Flood insurance, disaster recovery plans, and a litany of other clauses and insurance policies are often used by data centers. However, one type of insurance has been receiving more attention in the past 18 months. Cyber insurance has rapidly become one of the top priorities for many data centers as they seek to increase security, while simultaneously protecting their most valuable assets.
Posted on March 7, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
The lack of a sound power distribution maintenance program can result in a catastrophic power failure that impacts system uptime or factory production. The initial power failure may be due to an unavoidable disaster, but an inability to quickly recover from such an occurrence is typically due to a data center manager’s unwillingness to view maintenance as an investment rather than an expense. The primary goal of a preventative maintenance plan for power distribution infrastructure is to minimize the impact that an equipment malfunction or power outage will have on business operations or service. This infrastructure includes but isn't limited to the following equipment:
• Smart rack PDUs
• Smart rack controllers
• Service entrance switchgear
• Rack transfer switches
• Branch circuit monitors
• Environment sensors
• Power panels
• Inline meters
Posted on February 25, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
Since their inception, data centers seem to have been in a near constant state of evolution. As we approach the end of another decade, the next evolution cycle is nearing, and with it, traditional data centers must grapple with emerging technologies, environmental concerns, and ever-increasing costs. In fact, a recent Gartner study revealed that traditional data centers will turn to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to combat the array of challenges that are looming. To support this claim, the study further suggested that approximately 30 percent of traditional data centers will fail to implement machine learning solutions, which will result in their failure by the year 2020.
Posted on February 21, 2019 by Jessica Ciesla
Everyone’s talking about machine learning these days. But what exactly is it? And will we be seeing more of it in the future? Well, we recently sat down with Raritan’s Technical Product Manager, Paul Mott, to discuss this growing trend and the potential effects it could have on the data center industry.
Question 1: What are your thoughts on machine learning and the role it will play in the data center space?
Machine learning has already had a profound impact on some of the larger enterprises that have the scale and resources to not only develop but deploy Machine Learning across their data center infrastructure. The most widely publicized example is Google and what they have done with their deep mind platform. They were able to reduce up to 40% of their energy consumption by letting the data center run on autopilot and make small tweaks that weren’t obvious to human operators but made a huge difference overall.