Today’s emerging technologies — big data and analytics, cloud computing, Internet of Things, and others — are pushing the limits of density, power, and space in the data center and forcing data center providers to re-think every facet of data center design.
Have you ever been frustrated by your critical facilities staff’s inability to complete their myriad tasks in a timely and thorough manner? Several critical facility managers I have worked with have voiced frustration with some or all of their team members’ performance.
A growing number of organizations are evaluating and implementing software-defined data center management (SDDC) capabilities to increase agility and utilization. The technology is advancing quickly and software-defined management represents the future for most organizations.
When it comes to energy requirements for today’s data centers, we find that there are ever increasing needs to be able to operate at higher efficiencies, maximize floor space, and reduce operating costs across the facility.
Know of an exemplary data center facility manager who deserves to be recognized? Nominate him or her for Mission Critical MagazineFacility Manager of the Year! This award will recognize outstanding performance by a data center professional.
In my last column I discussed the net zero energy data center. While to some it may seem like an oxymoron or a punch line to a joke, however to one degree or another, it may become a necessity in the not too distant future. Nonetheless, today energy efficiency, as well as the energy usage by all data centers, continues to be an ongoing and high-profile target for environmental and sustainability groups, as well as the government.
Most companies and corporations have corporate standards that address fiduciary and fiscal duties, responsibilities, and protocols, etc. They have standards addressing the execution and governance of their core business and how the company interacts with regulators, labor unions, and other companies.
As a father, I’m pretty familiar with most of the classic children’s stories: Green Eggs and Ham, Goodnight Moon, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc. Another one of particular note is Chicken Little.
Data is virtual — until it isn’t. The many terabytes of cloud data being generated every day have to reside on a server somewhere. With demand for both virtual and physical space soaring, finding the right location for data centers is becoming increasingly competitive.