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How to meet the demand of reliable, high-density data centers

Data! Right now we are using a heck of a lot of it, and that is something that is expected only to rise in the future. Indeed, the near future appears to be full of demands on data delivery and storage. Not just because many of us have multiple online devices in use daily, or that businesses now do a great deal of their marketing and communication online. It is also trends such as Big Data, The Cloud, the IoT, as well as many other data-intensive technologies that mean we have an ever-growing need for data storage that cannot be slaked by traditional means alone. 

What that signifies is that building more reliable data centers is required. These new data centers need to be not only fast, but reliable too, and they must be able to store and process vastly more data than is currently the norm. 

The good news is that high-density data centers offer precisely this. Yes, that’s right within a smaller footprint high-density data centers accommodate more storage, faster speeds, more efficient cooling, and better reliability, all at a lower price. An advantage that means many businesses may be able to lower their operating costs, while also improving their data storage and delivery. 

Of course, before you make the switch from traditional data storage to a high-density data center you will want to know more about them, as well as any specific requirements necessary to install and operate them. Fortunately, you can find out all about this topic in the post below. 

What is High-Density Computing?

Currently, in a data center, you will find that each rack is limited in the number of microservers and blade servers it can support. This is because most racks will have a supply of around only 4kW. 

However, in High-Density Computing that figure is tripled. Yes, that is right, that is around 12kW of energy in the same space (footprint). Of course, that means you get much more storage in the same area, which saves money and ensures faster service. 

What are the benefits of a high density compute data centers?

There are several amazing benefits to using high density computer data centers. The first is improved efficiency. This occurs because each footprint is optimized for both power and cooling, so you can get the maximum from your racks and need to run and pay for less overall. 

Combine this with Virtualization, which is running more applications on each machine, and you can start racking those savings up. Not to mention that virtualization allows applications to be easily moved if a machine fails, something that reduces latency and boosts uptime. 

Indeed, by opting for high-density data centers with Virtualization you can save serious money because no productivity is sacrificed if the machine crashes. 

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The specific demands of high-density data centers

High-density data centers do require a different approach from more traditional models. First, by relying on high density and virtualization and planning for failure, customers can run the data center hotter, use less energy to cool the air, and save more money because when a physical server goes down, no productivity is lost. 

Also, instead of customized elements, those for high-density data centers need to be prefabricated and standardized. One way of doing this is to containerize Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and other building elements. The critical advantage of such a standardized system is that it can be assembled very quickly. 

The system is also much likely to be of high quality, and because it is standardized you can expect high reliability compared to the ones with customized critical elements in more traditional data centers. 

Additionally, because the rack will be heavier as they contain more machines, the flooring in your high-density data centers will need to be more robust. 

Cooling is also different from a traditional data center as mentioned above. Indeed, techs will need to understand that high-density data centers do run hotter than traditional ones. However, the virtualization aspect means that failed systems get swapped out and so this should not affect uptime. 

Finally, when it comes to high-density data centers, control and monitoring will need to be handled in a quite different way. In particular, using machine learning can be helpful here. the reason being that it can ensure better efficiency and increased performance without human intervention. 

Final thoughts 

In summary, high-density data centers are much better suited to serve our increased current and future need for data storage. While at the same time reducing the room required, and lowering running costs.