Network uptime in data centres
The need for power conditioning at a data centre is a basic necessity these
days. Says Gene Hayden, Vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Emerson Network
Power, Asia Pacific, If you have to ensure that the data centre is up
and running all the time, you have to ensure that the entire associated infrastructure
such as routers, servers, switches, and air-conditioning is drawing power.
The solution should provide clean and uninterrupted power free of spikes, and
harmonises with the mirror images of the complete power system. This allows
for online maintenance, since even planned shutdowns for maintenance purposes
cannot be considered a part of the uptime process. A configuration feature called
Load Bus Synchronisation (LBS) allows redundancy in the form of a mirror image
of the complete power system on the lines of internationally-accepted practices.
This can ensure a consistent flow and kept the facility up 24x7,
Conventionally, redundancy is limited to the source point, which is till the
UPS output. So if the UPS crashes, the network is bound to be down. Hayden advises
that to avoid such mishaps, the solution should incorporate LBS capabilities
so that there is redundancy right at the server level.
CIOs are confronted with another issuethat of space in a data centre.
When servers are used for mission-critical applications and businesses
depend on them, maximum uptime becomes an imperative, remarks Hayden.
Self-healing and self-monitoring systems look for signs of breakdown and immediately
take corrective action. All this happens in the background without affecting
Hayden, One of the primary benefits of DSP is that it can do floating
point calculations quickly, thereby permitting equipment to work at a higher
frequency. It does multiple functions such as calculation, measurement and monitoring
simultaneously. CIOs who are constantly confronted with issues such as
power fluctuations can also look at this technology.