First of all, it’s a crucial to highlighting on definition of the technical terminology of “Data Center” in order to having some good background more about what’s and How’s data center managed? It’s defining or known as server or the computer room where the majority of an enterprise servers and storage are located, operated and managed.
To operating data center at the highest efficiency requires combining of facilities efforts and IT such as; IT Systems which includes security patches, applications and system resources (memory, storage and CPU). Facilities Infrastructure includes; cooling, humidification, air handling, power distribution, backup power generation and much more. Monitoring is demanding critically when a device, connection or application fails. So ensuring maximum uptime requires 24/7 monitoring of the applications, systems and key connections involved in all of an enterprises various work flows. Lastly, Building management system (BMS) are needed for larger data centers which allows for constant and centralized monitoring of the facility including temperature, humidity, power and cooling.
Data Centers the Newer one takes a different shape of looking compared with an earlier time of a decade ago. Companying with strategy of designing to suit the storage capacity of big data weight, cloud computing and mobility. There are five considerable criteria in designing data center which involves; Availability, Infrastructure Tiers, One Room or Several, Life Span and Budget Decisions.
Elements of the Modern Data Center
Data centers are becoming increasingly important in today’s modern world. They hold and disseminate information to people when they need it. Because these data centers are crucial to how we run our lives and businesses it is important to understand the main elements of a modern data center.
Units are one story rooms that are made of steel frames and can be put together on site like Lego pieces. They feature sliding panels inside of walls, which allows a new unit to be added very easily. The best part of these core units is that they can be stacked into a multi-story building which makes them especially useful in urban locations. With core units, data centers can be constructed in as little as 6 months and then added on to over time. Each unit has its own cooling system and power supply.
2. In-Row Coolers
A lot of modern data centers have cooling systems that react to heat sensors in certain servers or racks and only cool that particular area rather than the entire room. This means that less energy is expended on trying to cool the entire building and the problem areas can be taken care of much faster.
If there is ever any power loss, modern data centers tend to use flywheels rather than batteries. If the electricity goes out flywheels get released and run the facility until a generator can come on-line. Flywheel systems consuming about the amount of the energy as a conventional uninterrupted power supply but takes a lot less of maintenance.
4. Hot-Aisle Containment
Modern data centers can generate a lot of heat, and if they are not properly cooled, that can cause a lot of problems. One new feature of data centers is the hot-aisle containment concept. In this design, you take an alternating hot aisle, cold aisle approach. In this case, you encapsulate the hot aisles so the rest of the center remains relatively cool. This allows you to run certain racks hotter than others which then only require you to cool a smaller space.
5. Cloud Exchange
A problem with older data centers is that there was typically a finite amount of space to store information, but with a modern data center using a cloud exchange you can help alleviate this classic problem. By using a cloud exchange you can move data and workloads to the public Internet. In this way you only need to use the Internet in a limited capacity to reach the data center, and you can even establish a private connection.
6. Multi-Instance, Not Multi-Tenant
With Software as a Service (SaaS) structure, modern data centers can perform an upgrade or maintenance for a single customer without disturbing the rest of the server. With multi-tenant structures you will have to upgrade all of your customers at the same time, which disrupts the entire system.
As a part of a modern data center, one wouldn’t think that you need to have staff on hand, but that is not always the case. In most modern data centers, it is a good idea to have round-the-clock staff at different facility locations to perform repairs and maintenance as they are needed rather than waiting until there is a bigger problem to fix.
8. Hardware Inventory
Just as important as having round the clock staff to look after the hardware of the data center is maintaining the hardware inventory. For modern data centers, it is becoming increasingly commonplace to tag (with an RFID or Barcode) new hardware that comes in so that it can be scanned and the employee can instantly see the specs on the machine, such as when it was purchased and delivered. This is important to help IT determine when it needs to refresh the aging technology. It also helps in managing converged infrastructure.
9. Power Use per Square Foot
This is something that all modern data centers need to keep an eye on. By assessing how much power is being used per square foot, you can determine what the risk is of the data center running out of capacity. Data centers can run out of power from the utility or its own backup generators. But the good news is that as the electronic hardware gets smaller they’ll use less power per square.