Edge MCS is partnering with Rittal Corporation for enclosures, racking and cooling products to create prefabricated modular data center solutions. Our scalable, turnkey modular data center built of lightweight concrete structures are designed for edge network applications and stand up to the most extreme environmental conditions. We are proud to be teaming up with the highly recognized Rittal brand for racking and climate control components within our product known as the Binary Bunker. Maintaining correct ambient and enclosure temperature is vital for our customers and Rittal offers a complete range of solutions to meet all our needs. Full article published at the Rittal Enclosure Blog here and on Mission Critical.
Creating sustainable, energy efficient data centers can be challenging especially when demand is growing at such a rapid rate. However, this past January the federal government is doing its’ share in setting goals to reduce federal agency data center usage by passing the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (HR 306). The hope is by the year 2020 more than $5 billion will be saved in energy costs. The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 2016 report finds that close to 2% of energy usage is consumed by data centers. They intend to evaluate what IT best practices the federal government is adopting as well as considering additional “green” initiatives that, no doubt, would be good for the planet.
Best practices for agencies to meet the goals of the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act such as seen below will set the stage for them to be on par with the public sector.
- Move activities to the public cloud if possible
- Incorporate infrastructure components that help increase density and reduce power (helium storage & SMR drives)
- Utilize technology that measures energy usage and limits power until needed
- Move away from hierarchical leaf and spine switches to optical switches
- Deploy object storage solutions for massive-scale data
In addition to the changes of federal government agencies, there are other go green initiatives that can be considered for energy conservation within all data centers. For instance, installing variable-frequency drives (VFDs) on air-cooled chillers, employing cold/hot aisle containment and use rack blanking panels can make a huge difference. Even things such as updating PCs, efficient lighting, shutting down compressors on cool days and use the outside air for circulation can add up to big savings in the long run. Read full article here.
As some state organizations take a look at what to do with their older data center infrastructures; improving performance, efficiency and trying to predict the future on where the industry is going are among their top priorities. Huge capital expense that would not get these organizations at least through a couple of years without having to go back to their respect boards for more money, has these public agencies looking at the newer technologies of modular design, hyperconvergence, virtualization and cloud computing. Doing more with less resources and still increase data center performance is a top decision making factor when considering what these organization’s infrastructures will look like in the future.
For example, the Topeka and Shawnee County (Kan.) Public Library chose the cutting – edge technology of hyperconvergence to upgrade the performance of certain daily functions that were getting bogged down every day. Hyperconvergence is a type of infrastructure system with software-centric architecture that tightly integrates resources for compute, storage, networking, virtualization and other technologies from scratch in a hardware box that is supported by a single vendor. This turnkey solution will offer greater efficiencies than upgrading individual components within the system over the long term.
In Connecticut when the state’s data center maxed out its’ cooling capacity, they opted for setting up a new modular design data center that would meet their long-term needs. Read what other states are doing in the full article here.