This week, we dive into some lessons from the most high-profile outages of 2018; the feds seek input on data center metrics; power distribution considerations for data centers; and an update from Northern Virginia.
Data Center News Roundup for Nov. 30, 2018
As 2018 draws to a speedy close, Data Center Knowledge is rounding up the top high-profile data center outages of the year, positing some lessons from these downtime incidents. The piece states that nearly one-third of all data centers faced some form of outage in 2018, which is a 25 percent jump from 2017. The top reasons? Power outages, network failures and IT/software errors. Those surveyed indicated the outages were completely preventable. Which brings us to the point of the DC Knowledge article: focus on the fundamentals for better uptime. Among their suggestions: hold the course with infrastructure redundancy and harden the center (not the perimeter). Read the full piece here.
Feds Seek Input
It’s no secret the federal government of the United States has been closing down data centers in the name of efficiency and consolidation. In fact, it has closed more than 3,200 of its 10,000 facilities since 2016, NextGov reports. The Data Center Optimization Initiative, kicked off in 2014, is gaining steam and now the government is asking some of those agencies to justify their existence as to why they are “key mission facilities for data management.” Sort of like when the boss asks you to write your own review, no? Learn more here.
Spotlight on Power Distribution
We’ve all heard about how data centers will soon consume more than 20 percent of the world’s power. In fact, that number is expected to be reached by 2025. In Data Center Journal this week, author Steve Lovell argues that effective power distribution will be critical to continued, sustainable growth. In his piece, Lovell lays out the case for busways over more traditional power distribution methods. Among their advantages, Lovell says, busways are easier to install than cable/conduits. He also says busways are cheaper to implement, save space and are highly adaptable. Read the full piece here.
The NoVa Boom Continues
This week, Data Center Frontier posted not one, but two pieces on the continued growth of Northern Virginia as the data center capital of the world. In the first piece, DC Frontier founder Rich Miller surveys the landscape of NoVa and sees hyperscalers everywhere. “The leading players,” he writes, “are moving quickly to amass capacity for the clouds to come, resulting in huge deals for data center space under development.” The big-name players in this space include Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Salesforce and even a few Chinese cloud providers.
In a second piece, Miller identifies the heart of Data Center Alley as Ashburn, Virginia. It’s a fascinating read; part travelogue, part state of the industry overview. In the end, Miller says, leasing in Ashburn and Northern Virginia will outpace the rest of the world by a magnitude of four times. Pretty incredible when you think about it.