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The Top 4 Obstacles Facing Data Center Managers

The Top 4 Obstacles Facing Data Center Managers

  • Feb 3, 2020
  • data center architecture, data center manager, cabling design, cable management, data center cooling, fiber optic cables, cabling design
  • Michael Smith

Today, data center (DC) managers are confronted with a multitude of challenges when trying to successfully manage their environment. To help better understand the data center landscape, let's look at four of the more common obstacles.

1. Future-Proofing (Scalability)

The most efficient way to maximize ROI is to plan for the future and ensure that your current cabling infrastructure will be able to support your needs moving forward. If you don’t plan accordingly, higher speeds may require you to invest in new cabling infrastructure in order to reach the ROI promised from the new hardware you install in your environment.

Consult experts who understand where the industry is going. At CABLExpress, our Data Center architects are active within the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and as a voting member on several committees, we stay in touch with current and future developments that may affect you. Our architects are readily available for a discussion on industry standards or best practices, completely free of charge.

2. Capacity Management 

One of the highest priorities in the Data Center is capacity management. Maintaining optimal efficiency means keeping the data center running at peak performance. Given the nature of the ebb and flow of data use and the need to control costs, this can be a challenging effort.

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) systems are becoming more and more popular for DC managers as an efficient way to manage capacity. DCIM systems are used to identify unused computing, storage and cooling capacity and to identify trends in use.

DCIM systems can also help manage the data center more efficiently and to run at full capacity while minimizing risk.

3. Power Management 

Another vital concern for DC managers is the increase of power consumption in the data center, and more importantly finding effective methods to manage that power consumption. As virtualization decreases, the number of physical servers and the amount of power needed at the cabinet/rack is constantly increasing. 

A normal power consumption of 2kW per cabinet/rack can, at times, reach 35kW per cabinet/rack. Adding new blades or servers will increase your power consumption as well.

4. Cooling

As power requirements increase, so do cooling requirements. DC managers are challenged with designing data centers in a manner that enables the entire environment to achieve maximum cooling efficiencies. For instance, typical designs would move cables from beneath the raised floor to an overhead conveyance.

The cables themselves have evolved to smaller outside diameters of the cable, especially for the higher fiber/copper counts. These slimmer cables help to facilitate a more cooling throughout the data center, maximizing the cooling efficiencies as outlined in ASHRAE documents.

Another great way to efficiently cool a data center is to minimize excess cabling in the environment. This can be best achieved with a structured cabling solution that utilizes patch panels and trunking. Learn more about structured cabling and its benefits here.

Facing Data Center Challenges? Ask an Architect!

Managing a data center requires expertise in multiple areas. You don’t have to go it alone, however. CABLExpress has spent more than 40 years identifying and solving problems that face most DC managers. Our work with hundreds of companies allows us to establish best practices and develop products to solve specific problems. For example, our Skinny-Trunk® Solution provides a typical 30% power and cooling saving just based on cable outside diameter. 

The most important thing to take away from this is that you are not alone! The data center architects from CABLExpress can offer various assistance for a number of topics, including free design assistance and assessments of your current infrastructure to determine how well prepared you are for future growth. 

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