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Flexible and Scalable 19" Infrastructure Grows with Demand


The 19" standard is the accepted basis for data centre components, from network switches to blade servers. And nothing is going to change that soon, even in these times of virtualisation and cloud computing. In practically all applications, identical priorities apply for the infrastructure behind the servers, namely high availability, security and energy efficiency. A 19" rack system should furthermore be characterised by maximum flexibility, so as to be open to cater for future needs. The choice of a rack system, together with the corresponding power supply and climate control functionality, is moreover a decisive factor influencing the performance and energy efficiency of an IT solution.

Attached is a technical article from Rittal outlines the challenges faced when choosing the right 19” rack system and possible solutions.

Technical Article - 19 inch Infrastructure.pdf

Cloud Computing: The Megatrend of the Future


A megatrend is sweeping through the IT world: Cloud computing is revolutionising virtually all communication, work and business processes. New services are helping to create a billion-dollar market, and securing numerous benefits for companies. Suitable systems and solutions are needed if companies are to benefit from greater flexibility, lower costs and enhanced efficiency.

The attached technical article from Rittal details a number of benefits for business using the cloud, as well as a number of factors that need to be considered by business when moving to a cloud environment.

Technical Article - Cloud Computing.pdf

Mistakes In Data Centres


There are many pitfalls to be avoided when planning, building and operating a data centre, and many mistakes which could in the end endanger security and availability in the worst case. Excessive operating costs are the consequence above all where energy efficiency is neglected.

Data centres are nowadays increasingly decisive for business activities of all kinds, both for the economy as a whole and for individual companies. IT services have become practically indispensable for smooth business process management, and are in many cases an absolute prerequisite.

The attached technical article from Rittal identifies a number of these mistakes and addresses possible solutions for data centre managers/administrators.

Technical Article - Mistakes in Data Centres.pdf

Flexible Systems for Different Requirements: Shared Solutions for IT and Industry


What role does IT play in the world of automation and how similar are the infrastructures and requirements? To answer these questions, it is helpful to first turn our attention briefly to the past when IT and industry ran through similar processes, albeit at slightly different times. For example, scalable and modular solutions – that are an essential part of efficient industrial production today – actually originated in the IT sector. They were needed to increase the capacity of data centres quickly and efficiently on demand. Today, IT and industry have not only moved closer together but the trends they are experiencing are also moving in the same direction. Key topics include availability, performance, energy efficiency, automation and autonomous operation.

The attached article from Rittal outlines a number of IT technologies that are frequently being used in industrial applications and the benefits these technologies bring.

Technical Article - Industrial IT.pdf

Improving Data Centre Energy Efficiency With UPSs


Where energy efficiency is concerned, small changes can have big impacts. Because the UPS systems in data centres are operated continuously, improvements in efficiency can quickly lead to substantial financial savings. When selecting and operating UPS systems, the focus therefore needs to be on efficiency as well as availability.

The attached technical article from Rittal discusses a number of ways data centre operators can make their data centres more efficient by making small changes to their UPS systems.

Technical Article - Energy Efficiency UPS Systems.pdf

Developments In UPS Technology: Choosing The Right UPS For Data Centres


No matter whether a company uses its own data centre or relies on the computing and storage capacity of a cloud computing provider, tough demands are always placed on availability. Therefore, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is essential to compensate fluctuations in the supply voltage and filter out interference. Choosing the right system not only determines the security of the services on offer but also plays a key role in the operating costs that are billed at the end of the month.

Please find attached a technical article from Rittal exploring this topic.

Technical Article - UPS Technology.pdf

Energy-Efficient Climate Control: "Keep Cool" in the Data Centre


In many existing data centres, only around 50 percent of the electricity that is fed into the system actually reaches the servers. The other 50 percent is consumed primarily by cooling systems and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Climate control offers the greatest energy saving potential, since it consumes almost as much energy as the servers themselves, accounting for up to 37 percent. When selecting a suitable climate control solution for the data centre, a number of aspects must be taken into account.

The attached technical article from Rittal discusses a number of ways data centre operators can make their data centres more efficient by reviewing their climate control systems.

Technical Article - Energy Efficient Climate Control.pdf

Flexible Security In Data Centres: IT Security Made To Measure


In almost every sector, be it financial management, logistics or mechanical engineering, critical business and production processes – taking in everything from enterprise resource planning to the telephone system – are IT-based. Failure can result in serious economic losses. Therefore, a risk prevention concept for IT structures is an essential part of the IT planning process. This is where data centres come to the fore. If IT is the central nervous system of modern companies, the data centre is their spinal cord. If this is damaged, it can paralyse all of a company's processes. However, managers also have to keep an eye on the price/performance ratio when it comes to risk prevention.

Data centres are faced with numerous risks, including fire, smoke generation, water damage, power failure and overheating. Other disruptive factors include cyber crimes and unauthorised third-party access to data centre rooms. Given the wide variety of threats, a comprehensive security concept plays a key role in all data cen

Technical Article - IT Security.pdf

Optimising Data Centre Utilisation with RFID


Few data centres today keep automatic inventories of their servers and infrastructure components. As a result, many IT administrators are unaware of the current utilisation levels of their server racks and IT infrastructure. One solution is the innovative use of state-of-the-art RFID technology, which offers a way of improving the security and efficiency of data centres.

The attached technical article from Rittal highlights the importance of implementing a RFID system into one’s data centre and the beneficial results this system will return to the data centres operation.

Technical Article - RFID.pdf

Standardisation in Data Centres: Infrastructure Standardisation Boosts Compatibility & Cuts Costs


A glimpse inside many data centres reveals – to put it mildly – considerable potential for optimisation. Problems include organically grown IT landscapes from different manufacturers, equipment purchased over time and an infrastructure that no longer meets the increased requirements. Many IT administrators are well aware of this issue.

Standardisation of the IT infrastructure in data centres is a trend topic. This concept has already proved its worth on a large scale, with halls full of highly standardised server containers working for major Internet companies and supplying the huge quantities of memory and computing power needed by Google, Microsoft, etc. But small to medium-sized enterprises can also benefit from standardisation in data centres.

To achieve the best results, standardisation concepts should be incorporated into the planning phase.

Please find attached a technical article from Rittal exploring this topic.

Technical Article - Standardisation in Data Centres.pdf