When you can remotely monitor and manage your data center, you are gaining a competitive advantage: one that puts you in the driver’s seat with power usage, overall efficiency and gives you a 24/7 look at your operations.
A study by the Ponemon Institute categorizes the different root causes that are responsible for data center outages ranging from UPS system failures to weather related problems and gives percentages in which the different factors cause outages. The overwhelming majority of the factors are either human-related problems or mechanical problems. With diligence, you can preemptively address these six root causes within your data center to prevent having an outage.
Hot aisle/cold aisle is a layout design for server racks and other computing equipment in a data center. The goal of a hot aisle/cold aisle configuration is to conserve energy and lower cooling costs by managing airflow. Both hot-aisle and cold-aisle containment provide significant energy savings over traditional uncontained configurations. Take this quiz from Instor and test your knowledge of containment.
Facebook built its Sweden based data center in 2013. Last week, Facebook released photographs of the data center which highlight its unique infrastructure. The main building is the size of six football fields. The data center is in the small town of Luleá, and it is located 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The location of Luleá provides natural resources for data center cooling and the use of renewable energy.
HI FOG fire suppression systems are being used in data centers in lieu of data center sprinkler systems and data center gaseous fire suppression systems. HI FOG offers an alternative method of fire protection that combines some desired features of both gaseous systems and sprinkler systems.
Fires that erupt within a server room can quickly cause damage to IT equipment, and result in a lengthy loss of uptime for the data center. Earlier this week, Delta Airlines released its company’s financial losses, which total 150 Million dollars, due to its Atlanta, Georgia Headquarters data center crashing. Delta’s loss of uptime was caused by a small fire.