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Innovation is central to data centre evolution. The focus, however, tends to be on the latest hardware products rather than maintenance.
But what about day-to-day maintenance and management—those “keeping the lights on” functions that can eat up 80 percent of IT spending? Can they be modernised, optimised, and enhanced with new technologies and approaches?
The convergence of AI and edge computing is still in its infancy, but together they hold the potential to revolutionise the lives of consumers and businesses alike. But it is not a marriage without its challenges.
Digital transformation is proving a gamechanger for small businesses and franchise owners who operate at the edge, but it brings with it a distinct set of challenges. Those that can combine digital tools with their existing strengths and local market knowledge will be well positioned to compete and win.
Architects have always been an important stakeholder during the transition from the design phase to the building phase of data centres, where they help translate a client’s brief (including floor plan, security, space planning and maintenance access for cooling and power requirements) into detailed design documents. However, they have seldom been asked for their opinions on the requirements themselves. But as data centres become ever more complex and the pressure to cut costs mounts, the creative mind of the architect is increasingly being called upon.
The Uptime Institute espouses its tiering structure to describe a data centre’s physical resilience; however, this is a rather narrow scope when considering ‘availability’.
Building a resilient, highly-available data centre is only the initial, embryonic phase of its lifetime. For the following 15-20 years, how one operates and maintains a data centre is far more important than how it was built (that said, it does need to be built right in order to be operated to its maximum potential).
Steve Weiner, senior lead product manager, colocation services at Cyxtera, looks at the importance of continual learning and communication Data centre staff have grown accustomed to constant changes in our industry. From mainframe to the client server model, from full rack units to blades and virtualisation, from ‘spinning disc’ storage to solid state drives, there’s… Read More