The New Challenges of Modern Data Centers
Big Data and Cloud Computing
By: Asher Ross
Oct. 14, 2013 02:08 PM
From last decade in IT for online entrepreneurs data centers have become an important part of their resources. To deploy quality services and to stay ahead of the competition companies works tirelessly to meet the demands of data and end users. As a result data centers have become an integral part and because of it more and more devices get connected to the data centers and there is a need arises to manage large amounts of information and workloads. All these new demands require the use of more power, cooling resources and monitoring.
Since the data center management can be very expensive, it is necessary that managers understand their critical needs including Cloud Computing, Big Data, and future technological changes. Even though every day there are new technologies, data centers must be prepared to keep up. However, companies cannot spend forever on emerging technologies. This means they must have a well-defined approach to energy and cooling as well as a good data center design.
Cloud computing can help organizations extend their infrastructure to a true distributed system. As more companies work with large volumes of data, managers look for ways to outsource their environment in a public cloud or hybrid with better control resources. However, to incorporate cloud computing is necessary to deploy smart technologies to ensure efficiency of the platform. Without these optimizations, new solutions implemented have only limited success.
The data centers add more capacity, consumes more power and cooling because cloud computing, Big Data is forcing data centers to process increasingly large amounts of information, this translates into greater demand for control and management. This is the main reason behind the causes of the increase in energy consumption is to process large volumes of data.
And if we look at the other side of the coin then companies build their data centers to survive 20 or more years without knowing what the future technology and its impact on end users. Today, we know that schools have a 50% smaller footprint and its footprint is smaller than initial forecasts. Despite being oversized power and cooling, compute density increased only in a specific area of the entire facility. This means that the data center infrastructure uses all its cooling capacity to support less and less equipment. By managing energy more efficiently with respect to the different topology, companies can stop investment in it.
Looking for a lower power
To reduce energy costs, data centers must increase energy efficiency by optimizing the cooling airflow, distribution and density of cabinets. Moreover, industry trends have changed on deploying energy, which is why it is important to comply with industry standards and best practices to reduce thermal shock and energy. Because new technologies are precisely those that strengthen data centers, organizations need to adopt a simple formula: + Optimize Energy Consume Less Energy Used = Increase Efficiency.
As the data center remains the main component of any organization, this will continue to grow. Because the data center is always evolving and expanding, it is necessary for companies seeking an efficient platform for managing power and cooling to be in tune with the changes in the industry.
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