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.
About one year ago, DuPont Fabros Technology, whose business is building massive data centers and leasing wholesale space to companies on a long-term basis, brought online its biggest facility yet: ACC7 in Ashburn, Virginia.
It was the first facility to use the company’s newest data center design, whose core concepts it said it would replicate in future projects.
As the data center increasingly becomes the heart of the enterprise, data center reliability needs increase. But data center design isn’t simply about infrastructure redundancy. As senior company executives pay more attention to what’s happening in the data center, it is more important than ever for a data center design to match specific company needs.
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.
After a couple of years of DCIM buzz, the hype has died down, and while analysts are forecasting healthy growth for the DCIM software market overall, they expect most of that growth to happen among a handful of the biggest players in the space. What may make DCIM software increasingly relevant is progress in Big Data analytics.
Microsoft contributed a server design, dubbed the Open CloudServer specification (OCS), that packs up to 23 commodity servers in a 12U chassis plus a JBOD, or ‘just a bunch of disks’, storage expansion option that streamlines network cabling and cuts power consumption. Now, with the group’s Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, Calif., as a backdrop, Microsoft is revealing what’s next in store.
Emerson Network Power enables University of Cambridge to control multiple data center environments remotely and save energy costs by as much as 40 percent.
There are a lot of approaches to expanding data center capacity – build new, upgrade existing infrastructure, establish colocation facilities. Each has its pros and cons. But larger companies, whether large data users or data services providers, often have the opportunity to acquire the data center assets of another firm. Perhaps the company is expanding through acquisition or is making a strategic move to expand to another market and sees an acquisition as a quick expansion path.
Data center power, from power distribution to power protection, is part of the due diligence required, and goes far beyond just assessing the age of the backup generator or power protection and distribution equipment.
For financial directors and IT directors, colocation provides the perfect win-win scenario, providing cost savings and delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure. When comparing the capabilities of a standard server room to a colocation solution, an assessment of the power alone demonstrates the gap between in-house solutions and utilizing the expertise of a specialist.
Vantage Data Centers announced addition of Critical Facilities Management services to its list of offerings. CFM services are a way to outsource day-to-day data center management expertise.
The Santa Clara, California-based provider’s data center management suite includes consulting and custom on-site support from Vantage employees. That support goes as far as shipping and receiving of equipment, landscape maintenance, and trash removal.