From an article in Channel Futures Over the past couple of years, edge computing architecture has garnered increasing attention. The edge is fueling much of the technology change on the horizon. Indeed, edge computing architecture will enable many of the technologies that define the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is poised to change how we live, work and interrelate. Immersive, data-intensive experiences and legions of internet-of-things (IoT)-connected devices – Statista estimates there will be 75… Read More
Data Center Operations
There are a number of potential problems when planning and executing data center cabling. Whether it’s an incorrect cable type, reversed polarity or poor physical installation conditions, a confusing cabling landscape can cause increased downtime. Following a well-planned data center cabling process is imperative to completing a project on time and within budget. Here, we outline potential challenges and how to prevent creating a confusing cabling environment. Design the network… Read More
One of the leading topics in the data center industry these days is edge computing—but what is it exactly? In terms of data, edge computing is both the location and the way information is processed and supplied. Instead of content being rocketed off to the cloud at a data center hundreds or even thousands of miles away, those servers are literally on the edge of the devices being used because… Read More
It’s no secret that technology consumers are currently ramping up their online connectivity. The Internet of Things (IoT), video streaming, and throughput for servers and storage have hugely increased bandwidth demands in data centers. At the same time, as bandwidth demands increase, data centers need to become even more creative in boosting their energy efficiency. We’ve scoured the net to discover four innovative solutions to more efficiently power your data center.
Approaching the task of choosing a data storage vendor can be a difficult one. From supported platforms to connectivity, company viability to disaster recovery, there are countless variables involved in deciding which company fits your business’ needs. Below are a few questions to get you started on the journey to picking the perfect data storage vendor.
At one time, data center efficiency was a method to measure energy consumption to which many data centers didn’t pay attention. Now, however, as nearly every business has an online component, and, in turn, a data center, data centers need to pay attention. The standard use metric is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). Here, we’ll answer some of your questions about PUE and how it can improve the efficiency of your… Read More
With upwards of 80 percent of enterprises and 63 percent of small and medium sized businesses investing in big data projects over recent years, and budgets of $1.6 million to $7.4 million, the question of data storage is at the forefront of many companies’ minds. One decision facing such companies as they look to store data is the choice between internal server rooms or external data centers. Here are some key components to… Read More
With environmental concerns on the rise, it’s more important than ever for data centers to run efficiently. From smart watches to smart cars, data centers are at the forefront of technology, and our dependence on them is only expected to grow. In the U.S. alone, industry experts predict the data center construction market will grow at a CAGR of 4.38% between 2016 and 2020. As we face more and more pressure to keep operations green, it’s critical that… Read More
Traditionally, when thinking of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, we envision computers and data centers networked via the Internet. However, in recent years there has been the development of a whole new class of connected devices—smart watches, smart cars, and even smart buildings—replete with their own software, actuators, and sensors. Given all these new points of networked connection, our “old” Internet has transformed into the Internet of things (IoT) with the net… Read More
All electronic components generate heat, especially computer processors. Traditionally, data centers—composed of rack after rack of servers—have relied on air cooling systems to dissipate server-generated heat. However, as data centers become larger and ever more packed with increasingly powerful equipment, there is a finite limit to air-cooling capabilities. As Ken Brill noted in 2007, there will be an inevitable breakdown of Moore’s Law—the rate at which computational speed increases—due to the economic limitations… Read More