Data Center Products: More than Just Neat and Tidy

In a previous article, I mentioned how data centers evolved from tiny 
spare closets to huge data-only facilities, often housed underground.<br><br>There's
 no doubt that as the need for big data and other information increases,
 the data centers that gather and distribute this information will 
evolve as well. And, they're getting huge. PANDUIT Corporation

Steve Maurer, IME

In a previous article, I mentioned how data centers evolved from tiny spare closets to huge data-only facilities, often housed underground.

There's no doubt that as the need for big data and other information increases, the data centers that gather and distribute this information will evolve as well. And, they're getting huge.

It's been interesting to watch this seesaw evolution. As components get smaller, even miniaturized, the spaces necessary to house them grow exponentially.

Indeed, I've seen the small, air-conditioned room with a few components morph into sprawling data complexes housing herds of servers and switches, connected by miles of ethernet and fiber optic cabling.

With that, the heat buildup they generate must be dissipated to prevent component failure and data loss. Thermal management cabinets are often as large, if not larger than the little closet of the good old days.

Cable ties, sticky pads, and a labeler aren't the only tools a troubleshooter or installer needs. Monitoring software assists in keeping tabs on all that data rushing around, giving fair warning before imminent hardware failures.

Enclosures are more sophisticated and often preconfigured for a specific scenario. From server racks to enclosures designed specifically for industrial automation, everything has a dedicated purpose.

Even cabling connectors have changed. With ever-increasing data speeds, the connectors must fit the cable configuration and purpose. In fiber optic cable, the cable composition may not change... but, the equipment it's connected to does. To integrate with newer equipment operating at higher speeds, the connect may need to be changed.

It can be something as simple as a change in polarity. In a large data center, this can be a daunting task. However, products now on the market make many changes quick, easy, and almost tool-free. When ramping up from 1-gigabyte to 40- or even 100-gigabyte speeds, these products keep downtime to a minimum.

The world of data management is definitely changing. In fact, it's probably taken a leap as you were reading this. Be sure to stay on top of it all with the products and tools that carry you into the next generation.


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