Posted: July 08, 2020|Categories: Infrastructure|
The IT industry has moved back and forth between centralized and decentralized models. The mainframe era gave way to client-server computing, then shifted back to the centralized approach with the rise of the cloud. Now, edge computing is decentralizing applications and data away from the corporate data center and the cloud. But edge computing is more than just another swing of the pendulum. Rather than replacing the cloud, it complements it, providing unique capabilities for specific use cases.
Posted: June 17, 2020|Categories: Infrastructure|
Edge computing helps to relieve network congestion and reduce data transport costs by conserving network bandwidth. It can also reduce cloud storage costs and improve regulatory compliance through data localization. According to the strictest definition, an edge data center is a facility in a secondary or tertiary market that’s not served by a major colocation center. In this context, the edge data center literally pushes out the Internet edge. More broadly, an edge data center can extend the corporate network to a remote location that lacks a traditional data center environment. In either case, edge data centers share these four characteristics.
Posted: June 08, 2020|Categories: Containment|
Historically data center racks and cabinets are arranged in hot-aisle / cold-aisle configurations to improve cooling efficiency by reducing the mixing of hot exhaust air with chilled air from cooling units. However, air mixing still occurs when using this method, resulting in hotspots and higher energy costs. Aisle containment systems address this problem by fully isolating either the hot or cold aisles for greater efficiency and reduced operating costs.
With hot-aisle containment, a physical barrier is constructed to direct exhaust airflow into the air conditioning return. With cold-aisle containment, the cold aisle is capped and doors are installed at either end to contain the cold air. Choosing the right approach depends upon several factors.
Posted: May 12, 2020||
The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need for remote data center management amid travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders. While we touched on this topic briefly in a previous post, we’ll now drill down into some of the technologies that enable data center staff to operate remotely.
Studies show that cooling and ventilation systems account for 30-55 percent of data center power consumption. Read about 5 techniques data center managers can use to improve cooling efficiency as data center densities increase.
Posted: March 31, 2020||
As we rapidly go through 2020, one of the key questions occupying the minds of data center industry professionals is: What should the data center market expect for 2020? Data centers are under increasing pressure to keep up with advancing technologies and need to prepare and transform for what is to come. Here are some of the key trends that will shape the data center industry in 2020.
The thought of unplanned downtime strikes fear in the hearts of every data center operator. Standard operating procedures (SOPs), methods of procedure (MOPs) and site configuration policies (SCPs) should focus on the most critical workloads and the most likely causes of an outage. They should be reviewed and updated regularly, ideally by incorporating them into day-to-day operations.
Posted: March 03, 2020||
Virtually every organization with in-house IT infrastructure has a use for a lab environment. For
most IT organizations, the data center is much like an engineering lab — it’s the place where
designs are proven out. The lab may be used to validate manufactured equipment
specifications, system integrations or software upgrades before they are moved into
Posted: February 25, 2020||
Data centers are expensive. Simply operating a data center requires ongoing expenditures for
power, cooling, staffing and property taxes. If there’s a need to expand, substantial capital
investments are needed to build out the additional space. Constructing a new data center
would cost millions.
Posted: February 18, 2020||
Wireless connectivity is now essential to business operations. For many employees, mobile
devices have become the primary means of accessing the enterprise data center and cloud-
based resources. 5G networks promise to accommodate this increasing demand by offering
greater capacity expanded coverage and significantly faster speeds than are possible with
existing wireless infrastructure.