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Cloud Computing and Big Data – New Challenges Of Modern Data Centers

November 6th, 2013 Comments off

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In this context, the data center is connected to a growing number of devices, and companies need to manage large amounts of information and processes. To meet this growing demand, data centers need more power and cooling. Energy demand and environmental management has become very expensive and for these reasons, administrators should prioritize their needs for Cloud Computing, Big Data and their future technological demands.

Every day new technologies are discovered and launched in the market, and data centers must be prepared to maintain business continuity. However, companies cannot invest without restriction in emerging technologies, ie, companies must focus a lot on energy consumption and cooling, and ensure that the data center is designed properly.

Cloud computing can help the company to expand its infrastructure and create a truly distributed system.

With more companies working with large volumes of data, those responsible for IT and the Data Center are seeking alternatives to placing their environment in a public cloud environment, or hybrid cloud, which allows better control.

However, the cloud computing requires the implementation of intelligent technologies to ensure the efficiency of the platform. Without these optimizations, the success of these new solutions will be limited. A major factor that increases the power consumption is processing large volumes of data.

Alongside cloud computing, Big Data is forcing the data center to process increasing amounts of information, which requires more control and management. To address this challenge, data centers are equipped with more capacity and consume more power and cooling.

On the other hand, companies build their data centers with a life cycle of 20 years or more, without knowing what technologies could appear in the future. Today, we know that data centers have less than 50% occupancy, and take up less space than originally planned.

Despite this, overestimation in terms of energy and cooling, the compute density increases only in a specific area. This means that the infrastructure uses all its cooling capacity to support an increasingly smaller devices. Companies can save thousands of dollars a year managing the power consumption in a more efficient way with respect to the topology of the data center.

Seeking to lower energy consumption

To reduce the cost of energy, data centers must increase energy efficiency by optimizing the flow of cooling air and the distribution and density of the cabinets. In addition, trends in energy use have changed, so it is important to meet the standards and industry best practices to reduce the impact and thermal energy.

New technologies demand a more intense use of the data center and increase their criticality. Therefore, companies should adopt a simple formula: consume less power + optimize energy use = increased efficiency.

While the data center represent the main component of any company, it will keep growing. The data center is always evolving and expanding and companies should seek an efficient platform to manage power consumption and cooling that follows the evolution of the industry.