The rapid growth of cloud computing is placing pressure on the supply chain for data centers, testing the ability of equipment manufacturers and developers to meet demand for faster and cheaper delivery of new capacity.
Insights: Data Center Design
Data Center Frontier charts the future of data centers and cloud computing. We track the latest developments in data center design, providing updates on the innovations and best practices for creating energy efficient and sustainable data centers.
Our thesis: New markets will require new approaches to datacenter design, creating facilities that can operate with very different climate and energy profiles. This will require major innovation in the way data centers are designed, built and powered.
Our stories provide insights into the role of modular and pre-fabricated data center designs, the impact of the Open Compute Project and open hardware movement, and new approaches to creating data center racks and servers.
While companies tend to pay close attention to the purchase of new equipment, many do not have an adequate IT asset disposal (ITAD) policy. There are three main goals when it comes to the proper disposal of IT assets:
Data leak mitigation
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Equinix data centers will house a system of lasers to beam data around the globe, using satellites to transfer data across space at high speeds. The technology is being deployed by Laser Light Communications, a new tenant for Equinix.
Big internet companies need big data centers – to provide the following:
• Scale massively and with unprecedented speed.
• Deep and powerful connections between every layer of the data center.
• Low-cost interconnection.
• Exponentially increasing performance and personalization.
• Energy efficiency.
• Help keeping it simple.
• Provide security and 100% uptime.
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There’s no economic, strategic or rational reason to build your own data center. None! If you’re a fast-growing cloud provider, social media firm or enterprise company with a large IT footprint, you may believe private data centers are a necessity. You may believe you have very valid reasons for wanting to build your own private data center. To learn more download this white paper.
As data centers deploy virtualization and consolidate equipment for more efficient computing, the average rack power density is constantly rising. While an average cabinet supported 3 – 4 kW a few years ago, today that power management load is considered in low-density environments. It is certainly not uncommon to have cabinets drawing 9 – 15 kW and in several cases, even higher than that. With the rise in processing being done at every cabinet, strong attention needs to be paid to the cabinet power distribution strategy so that the highest levels of availability and efficiency are achieved with minimum management overhead. To learn more download this white paper.
Microsoft has introduced a new data center design that replaces its IT-PAC server modules with a traditional data hall. Microsoft has overhauled its approach to cooling, and is now using a fan wall to manage airflow.
Aquila Systems and cooling specialist Clustered Systems introduced a new server offering warm-water liquid cooling for hyperscale data centers using Open Compute designs.
Uber has hired industry veteran Dean Nelson, the former head of data centers at eBay, as Head of Uber Compute. The hiring suggests Uber is ready to super-size its growing data infrastructure.
Industry veteran Jim Smith is joining Microsoft, where he will help build the company expand its massive network of cloud data centers. Smith was previously CTO of Digital Realty, where he led teams that built 300 megawatts of data center projects