The Data Center UPS: A Primer

The Data Center UPS: A Primer

The fragility of the electric grid was demonstrated once again as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread power outages. However, it doesn’t take a natural disaster to bring the grid down — our aging electric infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to various types of failure. While detectible power outages account for only a small percentage of those events, surges, sags, noise, harmonics, load fluctuations and other read more...

Data Center Relocation Projects Demand Planning & Expertise

Data Center Relocation Projects Demand Planning & Expertise

They say that moving is the third most stressful event in life, following death and divorce. If the millions of Americans who will move their households this year are feeling the pinch, just imagine the pressure on IT managers who must oversee the relocation of corporate data center facilities. Coordinating the move of servers, storage systems, and LAN and WAN infrastructures is a monumental task read more...

The Growing Importance of Physical Security in the Data Center

The Growing Importance of Physical Security in the Data Center

While most discussions of IT security focus on logical controls, protection of the physical data center infrastructure is becoming increasingly important. The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect next May, illustrates this point. The GDPR is a strict new law governing the security and privacy of the personal data of anyone living in the EU. Although it is designed read more...

Prefab ‘Pods’ Make Data Centers More Efficient

Prefab ‘Pods’ Make Data Centers More Efficient

The prefabricated building concept dates back to the early 19th century, when London carpenter Henry Manning developed a house for his son to take to Australia. The idea quickly caught on in the British colonies, which lacked the skilled workforce and tools needed to keep up with the burgeoning demand for housing. Anyone could erect one of Manning’s “Portable Colonial Cottages” quickly and easily, with read more...

Why ‘Remote Hands’ and ‘Smart Hands’ Services Are Essential to IT Operations

Why ‘Remote Hands’ and ‘Smart Hands’ Services Are Essential to IT Operations

Despite the rise of cloud computing, organizations are still maintaining many applications and services on-premises. The term “on-premises” can be a bit misleading, however. It implies that organizations are buying or leasing real estate, designing the data center environment, constructing the infrastructure, and implementing equipment. It also suggests that the data center facility is right there onsite with the corporate IT team. In many cases, read more...

Ireland Emerges as the Undisputed Champion in Data Center Facilities

Ireland Emerges as the Undisputed Champion in Data Center Facilities

There are a couple of Irish phenomena that have been making headlines lately. One is a loudmouthed mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who’s stepping into the ring with a proven light middleweight boxer. The other is an industry that has already gone the full 12 rounds and come out on top as the victor. Conor McGregor, an MMA champion who has never boxed professionally, is read more...

How In-Row Cooling Increases Data Center Efficiency

How In-Row Cooling Increases Data Center Efficiency

Cooling efficiency is a top priority for today’s data center operators. Increased data center densities enable operators to deliver more processing power in the same amount of space to meet the demands of cloud and hyper-scale environments. As more power is consumed per rack, however, heat becomes a big problem, and traditional computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units are unable to keep up. Most modern read more...

Enabling On-Device Testing for Mobile App Development

Enabling On-Device Testing for Mobile App Development

Data Center Infrastructure Facebook recently provided an inside look at its mobile device testing lab when it allowed a few reporters to tour its Prineville, Ore., data center facility. The lab includes 60 racks, each of which holds 32 mobile devices of every type and variety along with open compute servers and Mac Minis. Whenever a developer makes a change to one of Facebook’s apps, read more...

Out-of-Band Management: What’s Old Is New Again

Out-of-Band Management: What’s Old Is New Again

There’s nothing new under the sun, or so the saying goes. That’s certainly the case for out-of-band management, a decades-old concept that’s been reimagined to support the operational requirements of today’s complex data center environments. In essence, out-of-band management enables administrators to access and control IT equipment when the primary (“in-band”) network is unavailable. It requires a separate network infrastructure that’s dedicated to management and read more...

Why Zone Cabling Is Ideal for Integrating Smart Systems with the IoT

Why Zone Cabling Is Ideal for Integrating Smart Systems with the IoT

In the previous post, we discussed why structured cabling is critical to the Internet of Things (IoT). Organizations are rethinking structured cabling as they seek to integrate building automation, energy management, smart lighting and other systems with the IP network and enable data sharing between these systems. Integration and data sharing can help simplify infrastructure and asset management, reduce operational costs, and improve energy efficiency. read more...