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Survey Yields Top Issues Facing Data Center Operators Today: Parts One and Two: Capacity Planning and Scalability

November 11, 2011

When the IT blog Data Center Knowledge released their 2011 Data Center Market Insight Report, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) immediately set out to discover the meaning and resolutions behind its most important findings. Among them, the top issues and concerns facing data center operators today.

So far, we've covered issues six through three, which you can read at each link, here:

Today, we wrap up our coverage with a look at the top two issues as determined by the Data Center Knowledge findings: capacity planning and scalability.

Capacity Planning and Scalability 

Interestingly enough, both these issues involve looking towards the future with both optimism and pragmatism. On one hand, it's almost assured that your organization will need more capacity in the future. Every day, new data is created, uploaded and logged. It needs a home, and depending upon your archival process, a long-term home at that. At the same time, how you choose to handle this influx of new data will help determine just how much scalability to implement.

Traditionally, data center operators might have only opted to half-populate a rack or cabinet to curb exhaust heat from servers and switches, fearing the high density output from a fully populated solution. However, with today's ability to isolate and re-route this heat through a vertical exhaust duct and other thermal management accessories, IT cabinets can now be filled to capacity without concern, and thus, more equipment installed throughout the data center.

Another important factor to consider in terms of capacity and scalability is that of power. As new equipment populates the data center, the need for reliable power management increases. CPI's Scalable Enterprise Management Application (SEMA) software provides real-time, any-where access to your data center's entire power structure, and thus helps you plan for redundancy and react quickly to outages.

Ultimately, no data center is greater than the sum of its parts. If you start out strong with good design choices and plans that look ahead to future growth and scalability, you're already ahead of the game. However, if you feel like you've fallen behind the times, don't despair. There are plenty of cost effective ways to implement new strategies with regards to power, cooling and space. So how do you balance between the latest and greatest and sometimes sticking with what works already? Survey says… Chatsworth Products, Inc.! Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

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