Explaining Data Centers to the Uninitiated and Other News

Posted by James Ball on Jul 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

How do you explain what you do for a living when you’re talking to non-industry folks? Also, we explore the benefits of remote monitoring and examine why Illinois may have a problem attracting high tech companies to the state. Hint: it rhymes with “incentives.” OK, it actually is incentives. See what’s happening in this week’s data center news roundup.

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Data Center News Roundup for Friday, July 28, 2018

 

Ever find yourself having a difficult time explaining the data center industry to folks who don’t work in it? You’re likely peppered with questions such as, “where is the cloud located?” or the even more basic, “what is a data center?” Unless you are an excellent storyteller who is able to translate tech speak into everyday English, it can be tough to break it down to the basics for civilians. The Gazette has a nice (albeit, sponsored) primer for anyone looking to better understand our industry, starting with why companies need data centers and eventually delving into what the cloud is all about. Check it out here next time you’re searching for the right words to explain what you do.

 

How can real-time monitoring trim your operating costs and power bills? RF Code’s Christine Burke explains the benefits of keeping a remote eye on your data center in a column in Data Center Knowledge this week. When you can understand granular processes such as power use and fan speeds, you can begin to understand their impact on your bottom line, she argues. The biggest benefit? The fact that monitoring takes a formerly tedious manual task fraught with the possibility of errors and automates it. Read Burke’s take for yourself. As a bit of a counterpoint, Leon Adato argues in Data Center Journal that monitoring solutions aren’t yet where they should be, and he makes some excellent points in the process.

 

When you think of the hotspots in the data center world, cities such as Dallas, Atlanta and regions such as Northern Virginia come to mind. But what about Chicago? Illinois, it seems, has something of a data center attraction problem, and it may be tied to the lack of incentives, says the Chicago Tribune. There are a few bright spots, however, such as the QTS data center housed in the former home of the Chicago Sun-Times printing press building. There’s also a $1.4 million project with RagingWire, but as one official puts it, “We’re attracting the bare minimum that the market is willing to fill.” Learn more here.

 

It’s always great to see a non-industry publication turn its attention to the industry. Such is the case this week as Scientific American asks whether battery systems installed in data centers might one day help tame the smaller spikes and drops in demand for electricity that occur on a daily basis. One expert quoted in the article predicts a future in which there is a data center/power plant hybrid facility to serve multiple purposes. Check it out here.

 

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