Micro data centers differentiate themselves from other prefabricated designs with their ability to pack a lot into a very small environment. For example, one of these data centers can include 20 servers that harness virtualization technology, switches that take up only one or two rack units, cooling and a UPS system. Need more than that? Just add another box. This method is quick to deploy, highly scalable and creates a uniform design so technology support knows exactly what’s going on.
Growing complexity in the today’s data centers has increased the risk of combining power, cooling, racks, cabling and management components to run an efficient facility due to the shortage of essential skills needed to design and integrate them.
Smart organizations therefore have turned to tightly integrated, aisle-based physical infrastructure modules, or PODs, along with non-containerized integrated infrastructure solutions to optimize the use of power, space and cooling capacity while simplifying specification, design, validation, procurement and installation.
The immediate payoff of scraping distinct networks and installing FCoE was to drive down complexity, Masseth said, and “truckloads of cable left the data center .”
A good power and cooling strategy is no longer enough to maximize efficiency in today’s modern data center. Indeed, a future in which all devices and networks are connected requires data center design elements that can evolve with the Internet of Everything and the related demands of hyper-connectivity.
Despite the popular belief that cloud services are well on their way to replacing enterprise data centers, most mid-size and large businesses are planning to increase spending on their mission-critical facilities in the near future. That’s according to a recent report by 451 Research, which said nearly 90 percent of data center operators surveyed in North America and Europe had plans to increase data center facility spending.
It’s the right time for another round of IT cost-saving initiatives, and here are six areas where data center managers can reduce IT expenses. The recession of the last decade led businesses to tighten their belts and weather the economic storm, with projects including virtualization and consolidation, exploration of fledgling cloud technologies, centralizing data centers, rethinking the way software is developed and more.
While network closets take on all shapes and sizes, they are essentially an arm of the data center. As an important component of all mission-critical environments, the network closet must be organized, protected and managed efficiently and effectively. IT professionals are charged with keeping the technology infrastructure functioning, even in the face of constrained resources and increasing complexity.
While collaboration relies on using the most flexible software solutions available, the right gear and its effective integration also has a profound implication for the ease of use, flexibility, and longevity of these meeting environments. At a basic level, understanding the room’s size and intended purpose, as well as the kinds of content that will typically be shared there, is fundamental to making the right choices.
Apple, according to a published report, is continuing its major investment plans to better serve its customers and compete with other cloud-based service companies. Apple is known for investing time and money into designing top-of-the line products for discerning, style-driven customers, but a Bloomberg report suggests the company is also making a big push to upgrade its networking and data center infrastructure.
As cloud computing, big data and the deployment of mega-scale data centers accelerates, organizations need to continually recalibrate and evolve the network. This challenge has led to the development of new technologies and standards designed to increase and optimize network capacity, security and flexibility, all while keeping a lid on cost. Here are the top five trends as we see them…