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Server Technology and the Internet of Things: Power at the Edge

Posted by RJ Tee on Jan 16, 2018 11:12:43 AM


By now, you are familiar with the Internet of Things, or IoT. In fact, according recent statistics, you’re also likely involved in a deployment that has brought some of the challenges associated with the bulk data collection and storage issues presented by this technology.

We are still early in the process of defining what IoT means, both collectively as an industry and individually as companies. We are also beginning to understand how it will allow us to harness the real-time data available through sensors and various collection devices. The explosion of data from IoT has resulted in a change in the way our data centers are structured, and how they support the network that collects and transmits information in now unprecedented volumes.

The biggest change from a power perspective, and one we have supported here at Server Technology, is the edge computing networks needed to make possible localized, high-volume data collection. The concept of the Internet of Things has created a very real need for a different way of computing in multiple locations instead of one. Whether the edge compute nodes are carrier-based or private, the complications are similar. The functionality of the core data center must be replicated closer to the point of data collection, albeit in a more compact and cost-effective fashion. It is this particular challenge that has led IoT organizations to turn to us to provide power to ‘the Edge’. Here is what we know.

Want to learn more? Watch our on-demand edge computing webinar here.

First, density is an issue when you look at edge computing. The server, storage, and network requirements are high and the amount of space to house them is low. Most deployments are less than 100 square feet, or confined to a 10’ x 10’ space. There are many deployments that would view this 100 square foot average as a luxury. In either case, we’ve seen equipment densities increase as a result.

Second, the increased computing density leads to higher kW/rack demands, which are quickly followed by higher plug count and amperage requirements. Rack mount power strips that incorporate Server Technology’s High Density Outlet Technology (HDOT) combat the limited physical space that edge deployments can allow by providing up to 42 separate C13 outlets in a single, 42U high rack PDU. Higher electrical loads are no issue with Server Technology’s configurable Switched and Smart power distribution options that support 400-415V inputs.

Third, edge computing demands more sophisticated monitoring solutions at the rack and PDU level. By definition, edge compute sites are not adjacent to the core data center facility. Lack of proximity means that there is an increased reliance on the ability to monitor power and cooling conditions remotely, as well as the ability to control and reboot single outlets (for an example, the per-outlet-power-sensing (POPS) line of Server Technology rack PDUs).

Try a demo of a 3-phase 230/400V POPS rack PDU today.

Server Technology, now a part of the Legrand family, is your power strategy expert, whether you are computing at the core or at the edge.


Topics: HDOT, Internet of Things, IoT, density, HDOT Switched, HDOT Switched POPS, Edge Computing

Forget Planning For 2016—Plan for 2024

Posted by Erik Stabile on Nov 6, 2015 11:24:54 AM

All aboard! It’s time to hop in your figurative time machines and blast your data center forward to year 2024. At least, that’s what industry experts are suggesting. 

In fact, a recent article from TechTarget suggests that data center uptime will be a top economical priority during the 2020s as Internet-connected devices and data continue to be leveraged and consumed on a macro scale.  

This means that network administrators must channel their inner Ebenezer Scrooges and take a visit to their imminent futures to adequately prepare their data centers for what’s coming. After all, the ubiquity of IoT is snowballing and thereby posing a potential threat to the future of data center uptime if IT leaders don’t start preserving their resources now. 

One way that network administrators can ensure they are prepared for year 2024, and long after, is by implementing data center power monitoring technology. Monitoring, and thereby preserving, your data center energy consumption today will engender positive result in the future, such as uptime and cost savings

What’s more, the design and architecture of your data center will play a leading role in the preservation of uptime in the future. Optimize your data center for future success by implementing the right hardware now. For example, Server Technology’s PRO2 architecture  is built to provide more redundancy, outlets, customization, and resiliency so that your data servers can run efficiently for years to come.  

There is a lot to be said about taking things day by day in your data center. But, when the livelihood of your data center is on the line it’s better to consider, and accordingly address, future risks that could be potentially harmful.  

Topics: IoT, data center uptime

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