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5 Ways to Prevent Data Center Infrastructure Exhaustion

Data center cooling and power utilization have always been concerns, but over the past few years the problem has grown exponentially. As the need for data collection, analysis and storage has grown, so has the data center. Ours is a time of IT infrastructure sprawl, and if you’re not careful your data center’s power and cooling needs can get away from you, and fast. Add in the fact that so many data centers already operate at a relatively inefficient way, and you can begin to see just how much of a problem this is.

In an ideal world, you’ll match facility upgrades and designs along with infrastructure changes. In the real world, we know that the issues of space, power and cooling aren’t primary considerations for many organizations, and you need to be able to respond to those concerns after implementation.

Here are 5 different ways you can approach the situation. While each has its own advantages and disadvantages, not every solution is right for ever data center:

1.    Give the data center enough power and cooling capacity such that each and every piece of equipment has enough power and cooling capacity for its peak density. This is, obviously, the most costly and least efficient model.

2.    Give the data center enough power and cooling capacity to meet average demand and supplement power and cooling needs at peak times with supplemental systems.

3.    Give the data center enough power and cooling capacity to meet average demand and utilize infrastructure to borrow capacity from underutilized systems.

4.    Give the data center enough power and cooling capacity to meet average demand and then spread out the peak demand load among the entire data center.

5.    Give the data center enough power and cooling capacity to meet average demand and cordon off a high-capacity room to provide peak power and cooling needs for specific high-density and high-demand systems.

Some of these solutions are more efficient than others, while some carry greater risks that power or cooling demands may not be met during peak times. A thorough analysis of your data center’s needs will get you started on the right track toward choosing between them.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.