Three Great Cooling Considerations For 2015

Mar 3 2015

Bill Kleyman posted on March 03, 2015 13:54Cloud computing tech with smart watch concept

Cloud, mobility, and wearable technologies all translate to more data and more users accessing the modern
data center. As a result, the data center continues to grow in complexity and importance. New technologies are directly impacting data center performance, capabilities, and delivery strategies.

The latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report shows just how quickly data center and cloud utilization is growing as illustrated by the following statistics.

  • Global data center IP traffic will nearly triple (2.8-fold) over the next 5 years.
  • Overall data center workloads will nearly double (1.9-fold) from 2013 to 2018; however, cloud workloads will nearly triple (2.9-fold) over the same period.
  • Globally, the data created by IoE devices will be 277 times higher than the amount of data being transmitted to data centers from end-user devices and 47 times higher than total data center traffic by 2018.

Bottom line—global cloud IP traffic will account for more than three-fourths (76 percent) of total data center traffic by 2018.

All this growth translates to higher-density systems, more power requirements, and the need for better cooling solutions. With that in mind, let’s look at five ways you can have a cooler 2015.

Modular data center cooling solutions. What if you needed a system that can provide both scalability and compact configuration to deploy the module where and when you need it. Modular data center configurations are becoming cost-efficient ways to meet specific application and design requirements. With that in mind, modular data center cooling solutions like those from Nortek Air Solutions, are actually all-inclusive systems with cooling, lighting, power, and server racks incorporated. The cool part is just how quickly these modular solutions can be deployed. They basically arrive ready to go on the data center site to begin operations.Dynamic cooling optimization. New computational fluid dynamics (CFD) cooling solutions provide administrators with a spectrum of technology to precisely match the cooling output to heat load in a data center. With CFD and intelligent controls from our ActiveCFD™ program, you can now transform a monitoring infrastructure from a few discrete sensors to a cloud instrumentation environment that can help monitor every inch of white space. The cool part is the integration. These dynamic, and proactive, management solutions allow you to integrate with a powerful DCIM solution. From there, you management options become a lot more diverse. Now, you can walk up to your IT rack, open the door, and instantly taking an inventory and operating status of all the servers contained within—all from your desktop or hand-held device.Next-gen DCIM. Data center management and visibility are more important than ever. We’re now integrating cloud, virtualization and entire infrastructure components. For example, the sEnergy EMS® data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system doesn’t just monitoring the environmental variables—we’re now looking more closely at workloads, user access and even data. All of this translates to a new kind of DCIM solution. As mentioned earlier, integrating with dynamic cooling optimization technologies gives you the chance to catch minor operating issues before they becomes serious problems. Furthermore, you can create policies which allow you to dynamically provision and de-provision a number of different resources going into the rack and the data center. Finally, DCIM allows you greater control of a truly distributed data center model. We’re now building a management solution without any walls; one that is capable integrating with on-premise and cloud solutions.

Remember, we’re not just creating better cooling; we’re creating smarter cooling. It’s important to know that your data center will continue to change and evolve. A great way to keep everything running optimally is through a powerful environmental control methodology. A lot of that falls into new DCIM functionality which allows you greater visibility into all aspects of your data center. From there, you’re able to make proactive decisions and plan for growth accordingly. Cooling considerations like dynamic cooling optimization allows data center managers to use a more effective, next generation analysis and planning tool to dynamically manage their cooling infrastructure and optimize performance and reliability. To create a cooler 2015, you’ll need to start with a smarter cooling solution.
For more information about our next-gen cooling solutions, contact the Nortek Air Solutions Data Center Products group at datacenterinfo@nortek.com.

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