Structured Cabling System
Modern data centers house a large number of diverse bandwidth-intensive devices including clustered storage systems, bladed servers, backup devices, and virtualization appliances, all of which are connected to one another via networking equipment. These devices require physical cabling with higher and higher demands for flexibility and top notch performance within a reliable, scalable, and manageable cabling infrastructure. A structured approach to cabling entails designing cable runs with connections that facilitate identifying cables, troubleshooting, and planning for future changes. Try planning equipment rack layouts with cables run from the Horizontal Distribution Areas (HDAs) to the Equipment Distribution Area (EDA) using horizontal cabling.
For many years, companies had to choose between public and private cloud storage solutions. Today, there are a range of hybrid solutions that offer the best of both worlds. Public clouds can provide on-demand resources and resource sharing across multiple factions for information that is not of a sensitive nature. Private cloud has the same capacity but allows for more control over security, performance, and service level agreements. With both public and private cloud solutions within a single infrastructure, you have more agility and freedom with managing your resources, heightening productivity and efficiency.
It is critical that modern data centers are highly reliable and resilient. They must be able to handle traditional enterprise data needs while managing growing application demands from mobile devices to virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). End-user computing models centralize data, applications, and desktops within the data center, which employees can then access from any device in any location. This allows data centers to better address their ever-growing workload demands and handles existing virtualized enterprise applications, VDI systems, and enterprise data services, such as Dropbox.
With the growing number of data center technologies, infrastructures have become increasingly complex with chaotic, incompatible frameworks, consoles, storage silos, and servers. A modular design offers flexibility and simplicity so that IT departments can add or take out building blocks as needed. These designs are small, compact, single rack solutions with capacity for interoperations and streamlining overall data center management. Modular designs are also perfect for scaling your organization’s data as well. You get on demand resources without an excessive number of provisions that are costly and unnecessary.
As you start your data center design, consider consulting with a specialized contractor who can provide the insight that you need to ensure a successful build or upgrade. A new data center or major upgrade is a substantial undertaking, and you want to do it right the first time around!
This article was originally published by TTI Houston