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Three Immutable Data Center Predictions for 2018

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 22, 2018 7:15:00 AM

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Well, it is that time of year again. With the holidays behind us and a new year dawning, industry analysts and pundits are providing their predictions for our ever-changing, mission critical, data-driven industry. From DCK to IDC to that predictable predictor Gartner, the blogosphere is filled with forward-looking statements about the data center industry.

We thought we would give you a break from the usual Big Data-driven, research-intensive predictions to provide some fun and (we hope) safe predictions for the future of the data center, at least for the year 2018.

As you can imagine, our predictions come from a decidedly electrical perspective. Our own experience, including input from our research and development team, informs the three predictions that we would like to share with you now.

1. IT equipment will continue to be powered by electricity

Folks, we wanted to come out swinging. For all of the bold predictions in the industry about how we will compute in the future, from cloud adoption and cloud balance to discussions about the advent of serverless computing, the fact of the matter is that we will still need to use computers to do all of the data crunching. Absent from the industry predictions is any sort of talk about powering those devices without the use of electricity, and for good reason. Our own research indicates that it is simply impossible to provide power to IT equipment without the careful supply of electrons to said devices.

2. Power will still be distributed to an equipment rack

Another prediction for 2018: the IT equipment that processes, stores, and reports the data the modern world demands still has to have a place to live. Whether these devices are at the edge or supporting the core, they will likely be contained in some sort of equipment rack. As such, our research indicates that the supply of electrons will still need to be brought to the rack, and once there, distributed to multiple devices.

3. In-rack power distribution units will be the preferred means of distributing power once inside the rack

We have saved our best and boldest prediction for last, and it is this: the rack mount PDU is here to stay. Whether supporting high or low-density applications, there is no substitute for a rack power strip to supply electronic devices. And now for something you probably already knew: Server Technology is the leading provider of rack mount power strips in the industry, and exists solely to provide devices that deliver, manage, and monitor the electricity that drives your IT enterprise.

To catch a glimpse of what’s in our store for 2018, go to our PDU configuration tool. Server Technology, now a part of the Legrand family of companies, is proud to help you to stay powered as you head into the future.

Click to try our PDU selection wizard

Topics: data center power solutions, data center power delivery

Managing the Challenges of Density

Posted by Josh Schaap on Jan 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

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When considering implementing a power-dense data center, you face a number of challenges: cost, heat, load balancing, environmental and power monitoring, increased network traffic as well as system configuration management.

With each of these challenges come serious, seemingly prohibitive impacts, but with the proper planning and understanding, it can be done. As the Power Strategy Experts, Server Technology is here to guide you through successfully managing density and data center power.

Let’s start with the obvious: density and operation loading of the compute infrastructure is on the rise within data centers. This is happening for a number of reasons, including the need to reduce costs, improve energy efficiency, reduce latency time and to better manage network traffic flow. It’s also clear that as the demand placed on power supplies jumps, so does the need for more power delivery per cord and outlet, driving the necessity for C19 outlets instead of C13s. In short, the days of the pizza box form factor are long gone.

In a recent whitepaper, we’ve done a deep dive on how to better manage density within your high-density data center.

Some key takeaways from the paper:

On data center configuration: “By making use of the available power and configuration management tools provided by the various server manufacturers, the data center designer and operator can come to a consensus on the best approach to achieving the power and compute density needed for their application.”

On thermal considerations: “The ability for modern PDUs to monitor both power consumption and temperature within the cabinet provides a ‘last line of defense’ in the high temperature environment of the exhaust (hot aisle) side of the data center rack … The more individual loads within the racks, the more critical it becomes for the PDU to have granular measurement and reporting capabilities along with supporting the targeted hot aisle temperature.” In the whitepaper, we walk you through computational fluid dynamics software tools and why they make a difference.

On High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT): “With its modular construction and its completely re-thought outlet layout, HDOT provides as many combinations as possible of locking C13 and C19 power outlets, all in a standard form factor that fits most data center cabinets … HDOT is also capable of operating at full power load in a 65˚C environment, allowing the data center to run with a warmer ambient temperature.”

To learn more, take a closer look at the whitepaper and see why Server Technology has been the go-to power solution for labs, data centers and telecom operations for 30 years.

Topics: density, Server Technology, data center power delivery

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