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Power & the data centre of the future 

Power & the data centre of the future 

An intriguing experiment when looking at the world of business is to examine the inputs that an organisation acquires, what it does with these inputs, and the outputs that it produces thus, in the form of products and services. After all, the skilful management of these inputs can define business success.

How a furniture manufacturer manages the input of raw materials such as wood and turns them into attractive pieces that people will be happy to place in their homes is key to its prospects. Similarly, how a consulting firm takes the input of its people’s expertise, knowledge and raw talent and applies that to its client’s problems will largely determine its prosperity.

For the data centre, one of the definitive inputs is power. Power is what fuels all of its complex hardware, its environmental management systems, and its servers. The correct management of power can not only can make a data centre more efficient and environmentally friendly. It can also allow it to provide sophisticated tools for storing and managing customers’ data and therefore bring a superior level of service to the market. The effective use of power is therefore a foundational piece of data centre success, affecting everything from performance to pricing – and therefore should not be diminished by those seeking the peace of mind of partnering with a colocation provider.

This is especially relevant at a time when the demands being made on the data centres are only set to increase in complexity, with big data, advanced analytics, mobile, social, and other technological trends coming to the fore as sources of competitive advantage for businesses. High performance compute (HPC) and other advanced data storage and management techniques are becoming increasingly important in processing the sheer volume and complexity of the data that these technological developments produce.

It is therefore important that the data centre can support HPC in a way which is cost-effective and provides room for growth. High density power capabilities, for example in the form of 10-30kW racks, play a vital role in enabling HPC facilities in the data centre. It’s therefore unfortunate that so many of the existing data centres in the South East of England are constrained by legacy infrastructure that does not allow them to provide sufficient power to support these high-density power facilities. As the demand for these HPC capacities grows in line with the deployment of big data, analytics, mobile, and other technological initiatives, so it will likely become more important for enterprises to partner with colocation facilities who can support these capacities, now and in the future.

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