NAS best practices

13 May 2022

By Grant Caley, UK chief technologist, NetApp

By Grant Caley, UK chief technologist, NetApp

In today’s modern data centre, enterprise NAS plays an important role in not just providing highly scalable user file services, but also providing application file storage for a range of mission critical applications such as AI, VMware, Oracle, and SAP HANA. As a starting point, you should consider and ensure the following:

1) Protocol: Your NAS is the swiss army knife of file storage and should support as wide a set of protocols as possible. Essential are SMB (2, 2.1, 3, 3.11 (and legacy v1 to help with migrations)) and NFS (3, 4.1, pNFS). Also consider support for iSCSI, FC, FCoE, NVMe over Fabrics/RDMA and Object S3. Simultaneous file access, via both SMB and NFS, opens collaboration options and this is often needed in the Education and Engineering sectors.

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Seven steps for choosing the right DCIM software

07 March 2022

Herman Chan, president, Sunbird Software

Herman Chan, president, Sunbird Software

Modern data centre managers understand that Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is necessary to simplify the management of increasingly complex and distributed data centre products on the market, and buyers of first-generation DCIM will recall that many vendors will overpromise and underdeliver. Whether you are seeking your first DCIM solution or replacing your legacy DCIM, follow these tips to stay focused on what matters most: choosing the tool that will address your biggest data centre management problems.

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Top tips for selecting data centre ITE cabinets

22 February 2022

Michael Akinla, the FlexFusion guy at Panduit UK & Ireland

Michael Akinla, the FlexFusion guy at Panduit UK & Ireland

The continuing increase in compute density within data centres coupled with higher awareness of environmental sustainability requirements has driven the evolution of ITE cabinet designs.

How do you go about selecting a cabinet system that meets your compute and supply chain requirements and still offers customisation capabilities for future changes? A key initial decision is, does it meet your platform requirement? Whether you are a hyperscale, colocation, enterprise or edge site you need cabinets that are highly configurable with the modularity for future expansion or change.

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Practical tips for selecting the best UPS system

11 February 2022

Alex Emms, operations director, Kohler Uninterruptible Power UK

Alex Emms, operations director, Kohler Uninterruptible Power UK

Demand for uninterrupted power continues apace, with OMDIA forecasting in its 2021 Hardware Market Tracker Report that the global UPS market will grow 35% from around $9bn in 2021 to over $12bn in 2025.

Apart from basics like whether the load is single or three phase and the kVA rating, when considering a UPS it is also necessary to identify if it is a traditional IT load, a mechanical load (with potentially damaging back-fed current) or a life-safety load, covered by special regulations.

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What should enterprises do, be wary of and consider when buying UPS equipment?

03 February 2022

Russell Bulley, senior application engineer, Vertiv

Russell Bulley, senior application engineer, Vertiv

Over the last year, we’ve seen the demand for data centres increase exponentially. As businesses become more reliant on digital services and home working, data centres became an even more essential part of how enterprises and society function. However, with a greater profile comes increased scrutiny.

What is a UPS?

UPS systems were designed to provide clean back-up power to data centres to any supply interruption, and to safeguard sensitive equipment against fluctuations or voltage spikes. This means key services can keep running either on battery or while backup generators kick in. The investment in a UPS means a guaranteed power business lifeline. In addition, innovative UPS’s may also provide a smart way to boost energy efficiency. This is because UPS batteries can store energy; so stored energy can be used when prices increase at peak times of day. This allows data centres to come off the grid at peak times and use UPS devices to become more cost-effective.

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