This blog is
the next installment of a six-part series discussing data center challenges and
I my previous post, I covered the operating differences between
enterprises and big hyperscale providers. Hyperscale operators might have some
advantages like scale, narrow scope and freedom from old legacy systems. Enterprises also must
cope with more complexities and carry costs that the sizeable vendors do not. Comparing power usage effectiveness (PUE)
directly between hyperscale and enterprise data centers seems unfair, but it is
the economic reality that must be faced.
The shift to
intelligent data centers
One question that keeps surfacing when discussing the evolution of the
data center is, “How do we make the data center more eco-friendly?” I feel this
is one area that we can all agree
on. Reducing waste saves money. Designing to minimize or eliminate waste is
the key objective of both IT equipment manufacturers and data center facilities. This synergy, combining modular data center technology with data center infrastructure
management (DCIM) analytics,
can enable the eco-friendly data center of the future.
equipment will operate in a much wider environmental range, enabling modular
data centers to provide alternate “free cooling” most of the time, even in places
like Singapore. IT equipment is much
more efficient in its use of power. So
these technologies combined will mean a much greener data center.
Most leading server,
switch and storage manufacturers are already supporting extended temperature
operating ranges. Yet, many IT managers still feel that operating this
equipment in cold data center conditions somehow makes them run better or
perhaps reduces risk. Still others are taking this step towards saving energy and costs in the data
center and also in
promoting technologies to reduce energy demand. Singapore has begun the journey
to the truly intelligent data center for both now and the future. The early adopters have a distinct competitive
While this step forward is generally a positive one, to deliver on it
means having the right infrastructure in place. Modern servers provide more
data and information than ever, but the network has to be able to support it.
This is where CommScope’s core expertise comes into play by building a reliable,
next generation network with more capacity and providing highly efficient
modular data centers that maximize free cooling –the basic building blocks of
next generation infrastructure.
Moving into the cloud means increased flexibility and reliability, but
it also means trusting the network capability and capacity. The link between
you and the cloud is vital for delivering the value of cloud computing. If that
link isn’t reliable or fast enough, the benefits of the cloud are negated. So a
strong, reliable network with the agility and capacity to support more data is vital
- and also a fundamental building block on the road to the Internet of Things, which I
will discuss in more detail in the next blog post.
Do you have a question about the challenges and
innovations for the modern data center? Leave a comment below and
I will be sure to respond.