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.
Ponemon Institute and Emerson Network Power are pleased to present the results of the first Emerson Data Center IQ Quiz, part of the Data Center Performance Benchmark Series, which provides an industry-wide perspective on Availability, Security, Productivity, Cost and Speed of Deployment. The purpose of this study is to determine the domain knowledge of data center personnel while also collecting data on application of best practices and current operating conditions within participants’ data centers.
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) has become more vital than ever to data center operations. The insight provided by these systems has historically only been accessible to the data center operations team, not the colocated customer. Now that the technology sector as a whole is becoming increasingly user friendly, transparent and hands on, it makes sense for colocation data centers to offer a higher level of insight and transparency into their clients’ individual environments. This white paper examines the benefits of being able to monitor colocation environments as well as the issues that can arise from the lack of visibility.
Power consumption in the data center continues to be a rising trend. The need to provide redundant power systems with high reliability and availability of compute resources is a major driving force for the increase in power utilization. Some data centers use just as much power for non-compute or “overhead energy” like cooling, lighting and power conversions, as they do to power servers. The ultimate goal is to reduce this “overhead energy” loss, so that more power is dedicated to revenue-generating equipment, without jeopardizing reliability and availability of resources.
Data centers, the home to the physical infrastructure that underpins today’s increasingly digital world, consume increasing amounts of energy. By 2020, U.S. data centers are projected to consume electricity equivalent to the output from 50 large coal-fired power plants.2 This increase is driven by the rapid growth of the “digital universe” – the data we create and store every day. According to a joint study by IDC and EMC published in April 2014, the digital universe is doubling in size every two years, and by 2020 will reach roughly 44 trillion gigabytes.3
As one of the fastest growing industries, both economically and in their energy consumption, data centers have a tremendous opportunity and unique responsibility to take greater control of their use of resources inside their facilities. A few data centers, like FORTRUST, have been and continue to focus on minimizing their environmental impact by maximizing their efficient use of power and going green wherever possible. FORTRUST’s customers have peace of mind knowing that their data center is constantly looking for new, greener, more effective technologies to keep our business moving forward.