Managing more connections

08 October 2021

Joost Grillaert, product manager, Nexans Telecom & Data Systems

Joost Grillaert, product manager, Nexans Telecom & Data Systems

Bandwidth demand continues to grow which in turn leads to a vast increase in the number of connections. The question is how to manage this, given the fact that space in a data centre is limited and expensive. Simply stuffing all your racks with ultra-high density connections isn’t recommended. So how then?

The drivers for this increase in bandwidth demand are tied to the rollout of 5G, IoT, the cloud, network convergence and more. For data centre operators, one of today’s main challenges is to significantly increase the number of connections without using more space for rack units and cabling. After all, space for cabling and hardware in data centres is finite and generally limited. Partly because the space itself is expensive, but also because a great deal of available real estate is taken up by cooling and other facility equipment.

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Selecting data centre ITE cabinets

31 August 2021

Michael Akinla, UK and Ireland area manager, Panduit FlexFusion Cabinets

Michael Akinla, UK and Ireland area manager, Panduit FlexFusion Cabinets

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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Data storage: bigger and faster comes at a cost

03 August 2021

By Brian Reed, vice president, product and alliances, Panasas

By Brian Reed, vice president, product and alliances, Panasas

When describing the latest technologies, we use the phrase “state of the art” without being aware that we’re actually referring to a moving target.

Let’s consider high-performance computing (HPC) storage solutions, which help keep pace with the massive volumes of information that need processing.

Increasingly, HPC is central in tackling some of the most complicated tasks, from gene sequencing to vaccine development.

But describing a HPC system as state of the art doesn’t really account for all the factors that customers planning large-scale storage must have in mind. Not only are they expensive to buy, maintain and operate but the costs of downtime and outages are often overlooked until it is too late.

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Data storage: spend wisely, plan for growth…and prepare for problems

22 June 2021

By Mark Radford, director enterprise sales UK, Infinidat

By Mark Radford, director enterprise sales UK, Infinidat

For most UK businesses the last 18 months have brought reality to what had previously been theoretical digital transformation plans.

Automation had already been happening in many parts of the data storage centre, data volumes were exploding and deep learning -- an element of artificial intelligence -- had also started to affect processes. There was the continuous danger of confusion and inefficiency, even complete project failure, unless you could prioritise essential infrastructure, capacity and performance needs under a lot of pressure.

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Design concerns for a micro data centre

04 June 2021

Vik Malyala, senior vice president, Supermicro

Vik Malyala, senior vice president, Supermicro

As more computing moves to the edge and away from massive data centres, the need for a new type of data centre is becoming a critical piece of an edge to cloud strategy. Traditionally, large data centres have resided where there is a significant amount of space with easy access to low-cost power and multiple internet connections.

However, new and smaller data centres that serve specific purposes are becoming a requirement for managing and filtering the vast amounts of data generated from 5G and IoT devices. By distributing the collection, analysis, and filtering of data closer to the edge of the network, new services can be created that respond quickly, reduce network traffic, and allow for more intelligent decisions.

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