Tech refreshes happen every 3-5 years, but the major components of data center infrastructure are built with much longer lifecycles. As the IT equipment ages and reaches the end of its lifecycle, it becomes more likely to malfunction and cause an outage. It is imperative to replace power and IT equipment when it reaches the end of its lifecycle to maintain uptime. As equipment becomes obsolete, it is crucial to make sure that new equipment is compatible with older equipment.
When IPv4 was created, there were approximately 4.3 billion IP addresses available for use. As more computers, cell phones, and tablets access the internet, that multitude of IP addresses has been running out. In 2016, Apple started requiring that all apps in the App Store be written in an IPv6-only format to transition to an IPv6-only network with iOS 9. It is now necessary to start migrating to IPv6 server endpoints, routers, and switches for data to continue to be accessible to electronic devices in the future.
Legacy data centers that were built over a decade ago were designed to support a rack load of 2-3 kW. As server densities rise, racks commonly support more than double that load at 6-8 kW, with some racks supporting densities as high as 15 kW. If a data center infrastructure was designed to handle a 2-3 kW per rack density, can the infrastructure be modified to support the growing rack densities of today or is it better to find a space with a more modern data center infrastructure to house your colocation?
Maintaining the best data center cooling often relies on finding a containment solution that fits the specific needs of your server room. Data center containment can reduce the airflow requirement to IT equipment and improve cooling efficiency. Most data centers and colocations have adopted either Hot Aisle Containment or Cold Aisle Containment. As rack densities increase, containment solutions at the cabinet level are proving to be more efficient and easier to install in some server rooms.
Mission critical data centers that are operating with aging IT equipment run a much higher risk of an equipment failure that results in an outage. If a business takes too long make system upgrades, then it should expect more outages in the near future once its equipment starts failing. Delta Airlines had its second major outage in the last six months and had to cancel nearly 300 flights with more delays and cancellations possible within the week.
As the digital footprint quickly grows, multinational companies are seeking a wholesale data center provider or a retail colocation provider that can give them the infrastructure they need nationally and further support their companies globally.
Multinational Data Center providers are also seeking out companies that provide data center infrastructure solutions to support their expansion both nationally and globally.
Instor’s presence is growing on both the national and global scale to support this growing digital footprint.