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What is the hardest job in the data center?

Introduction: The development of human knowledge is closely related to the development of computing power. At the same time, both of these aspects have the same responsibility for the difficulty of capacity planning. The only predictable thing about technological change is that it will continue to accelerate.

Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy, recently explored how cloud computing service providers and enterprises can reduce the risk of current and future capacity constraints.

He said that capacity planning may be one of the most difficult jobs in the data center. In 1982, Buckminster Fuller proposed a knowledge multiplication curve (which looks very similar to Moore's Law), and imagined "human knowledge" as a book containing all the knowledge, so how long does the book double in size? As of 1900, human knowledge has doubled every 25 years. Today, human knowledge doubles every 13 months.

The development of human knowledge is closely related to the development of computing power. At the same time, both of these aspects have the same responsibility for the difficulty of capacity planning. The only predictable thing about technological change is that it will continue to accelerate.

Facilities update can't keep up, how is capacity expanded?

The responsibility for rapid technological advancement falls on the physical infrastructure and constitutes the data center of the digital age factory. Technological change means that the demand for data center capacity is increasing in the future, which makes even the most complex capacity planners face challenges.

A large part of the challenge stems from technological advances that are much faster than physical infrastructure development. The price of a server is a few hundred dollars, and the life cycle is 3-5 years. The capital expenditure of the data center is as high as tens of millions of dollars, and the lease term or depreciation plan is 15-30 years. The physical facilities and consumption models of today's data centers are not flexible.

Meeting the Challenge to Meet Demand

If the data center components are "updated" every 3-5 years and are as fast and easy to get as an IT rack, deployment is easy. But data centers and construction are a longer, more expensive promise. The Adaptive Data Center is called the future-oriented data center. It is a data center that can meet the changing needs of customers. It is a fast and efficient way to provide new capacity and fast.A data center that effectively increases capacity for existing deployments (high efficiency means no capacity limitation or floor space reconfiguration or cooling attachments.)

Quickly provide new capacity response

fast The challenge in delivering capacity is to reduce the risk of not meeting business needs. “Rapid provision of new capacity” means multi-megawatt data center capacity in less than 12 weeks, and data center operators achieve this by combining highly scalable building components with on-premise capacity.

Organizations that want to quickly deliver capacity need to seek to collaborate with reliable data center partners, and organizations can discuss their knowledge and experience in everything from initial needs to day-to-day operations.

Enlarging the scale is essential

Responding to changing needs also means increasing capacity for existing deployments quickly and efficiently. This needs to be able to expand (increase power density) and output (increase floor space). A factory-built, progressively scalable infrastructure allows customers to increase capacity vertically and horizontally when needed without disrupting business operations.

Enlarging the scale means increasing the power density of existing data centers—and it should be possible without limiting capacity, reconfiguring data center footprint, or increasing cooling technology. Advanced cooling technology is used to meet customers' IT needs, supporting standard and high power density (40-50kW per rack) without additional or reconfiguration.

Can pressure capacity planning really be achieved?

has the ability to quickly provide capacity, and the expanded data center can alleviate the pressure of data center capacity planning. When the data center is designed to scale up and out, there is no need to over-provision capacity to reduce risk.

The size of the organization's data center needs to be flexible, fast, and far-sighted. The organization's business success requires a good data center partner to provide computing, storage and network capacity flexibly and quickly, and to have a strategic vision for meeting future capacity needs.