Most new datacenters operate at optimal availability and with infrastructural energy efficiency close to theoretical design targets. As such, it might be argued that the two biggest challenges of datacenter technology in the past 30 years have been addressed. But despite this progress, the pace of change in the datacenter industry will continue and is likely to accelerate over the next decade and beyond. This will be spurred by increasing demand for digital services, as well as the need to embrace new technologies and innovation while mitigating future disruption. At the same time, there will also be a requirement to meet increasingly stringent business parameters and service levels.
As our businesses become increasingly digital, we tend to think about technology in non-physical terms. Our IT infrastructure becomes “the cloud.” Our servers and storage become “virtual.” Our networks become “software-defined.” The reality, however, is that information technology (IT) always depends on physical infrastructure. This white paper addresses five key aspects of IT that are inextricably tied to computing’s physical realities, even as that computing becomes more virtualized, software-defined, and cloud-based.
It wasn’t too long ago that data center managers relied on simple room thermostats to indicate the ambient temperature of their data centers. Unfortunately, a room thermostat’s limited range makes it an inadequate tool for monitoring and controlling the temperature and other conditions that exist throughout even a small data center. Today, a wide variety of sensors are used to monitor and control temperature, humidity, airflow, differential air pressure, water, and contact closure. These sensors can tell data center managers when a cabinet door is open, calculate the precise difference in pressure between two locations, reveal the presence of water, and much more. This white paper examines how these sensors, when properly deployed and managed, can help you maintain the optimum environment for consistently efficient operation of your data center.
Today’s data center managers are being asked to do more with less: to supply more computing power using less energy in a smaller space, while meeting limited budgets and maintaining mission-critical reliability. This white paper focuses on power distribution and monitoring solutions that are successfully meeting these demands.
Managing power is critical. But where do you start? Raritan and PTS Data Center Solutions developed this white paper that examines the myths and realities of power measurement. Learn what instrumentation helps calculate your data center power efficiency and how to set standards to align with the Green Grid.
For IT managers, remote offices can cause any number of headaches. Fortunately, Raritan offers a variety of solutions easing the fallout of the control, security and budgetary issues involved in remote management. Our white paper, The Distributed Enterprise: Remote Access and Management of IT Infrastructure, we examine and analyze the increases in uptime and security provided by out-of-band access and control tools.
Embedded service processors free? Not so fast. To use the features you really need, you typically pay additional licensing costs. Plus, KVM over IP features lower TCO, multivendor support, enhanced security and flexible user management, among other cost savings.
While many organizations have employed smart card identification to enhance their physical security infrastructure, data centers in particular can benefit greatly from the two-factor authentication that a smart card inherently provides to the logical realm. When seeking a smart card-enabled KVM system, choose not only a solution that fulfills the basic requirement of supporting PKI authentication to multiple servers from a single location, but also one that makes the necessary KVM feature adjustments to enable seamless use of the reader. Finally, it should adhere to industry standards to ensure that security thresholds are met.