Preparing for Future Technology Advancements

Network racks

The internet is growing on a daily basis. While we sit back and enjoy the current technologies we have, IT professionals and designers are working on even more advanced of technology. Businesses expand upon their internet and technology capabilities to increase customer bases, as well as to become leaders in the market. Although any IT professional would agree that these regular advancements are important, it requires a great amount of preparation. Data centers more than 7 years old are considered out of date as per Green Computing norms. However, in practical the average life of a data center is considered to be 9 years. A data center that wants to significantly expand needs to focus on the following data center room additions.

Server racks
Server racks are actually a basic organization method used for IT equipment. Although the majority of data centers currently use server racks, they are necessary for substantial growth. Server racks are simply data racks that keep all of the IT equipment properly stored. These electronics racks help with organization, temperature control, and easy accessibility for repairs and maintenance. They are similar to a household that has a special shelf for their laptop or keyboard, but in a much larger scale.

Benefits of cold aisle containments
Cold aisle containments are server racks that also cool the electronic equipment. Especially large IT storage and data rooms will experience high levels of heat with multiple machines. The machines put off a small level of heat, so when many are combined in one room, it can become significantly warmer. Excessive heat temperatures can actually cause the computers and other equipment to overheat. The AC costs of an average server room with 30 KW of air conditioning operating at 70% capacity with an average cost of 12.7 c kWh will be $23,000pa and 243 tonnes of greenhouse gas will be produced. For this reason, many data centers are moving toward cold aisle containments.

The benefits of hot aisle containments
There are actually situations when cold weather or temperatures can also damage IT equipment. This can occur when the data storage center is located in an extremely cold part of the world and is not properly heated. It can also occur when the cold aisle containments or air conditioning are working too well. It can be difficult to accurately measure the right amount of cooling that is needed. Instead, organizing the server racks into appropriate temperature containments can be helpful. Try to keep the aisles separated by area of the room. Keep the cool containments in one row, and the heated containments in another. You can also use data cabinets to further separate them.

Power increases
As a data center begins to add technology and power using devices, the power needs of the building will go up. If the building is not currently set up to handle large amounts of power, there could be power surges or multiple blackouts. It is important to first estimate the amount of increase in power and then set it up ahead of time. The power density of a data center is 100 times more than that of a large commercial office building and is equivalent to 9 small sized shopping malls of WalMart size. Estimating accurate power needs for future projects requires a special and experienced IT team.

We have come a long way technologically speaking, in the last couple of decades. We can only begin to imagine how far we will make it over the next few decades. As large businesses begin to move into more advanced of technology, they will need to prepare their data centers. A data center that is safe and efficient will include organized server racks, carefully placed data cabinets, cold aisle containments, and hot aisle containments. It is also important to properly estimate future power needs.

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