What Telco Can Do To Better Manage Its Data Centers
Today’s communicative world only works when data is managed properly. At the very center of technology are people who push the buttons and flip the switches. With cloud computing, information technology, and the ever-changing world we live in comes the need for well-organized data distribution and management in this multi-billion dollar environment.
What can Telco do to better compete in the marketplace? Rework its data centers so that content and data are distributed more smoothly and efficiently. The face of Telco is becoming a major and recognizable leader in the industry; cloud computing is on the rise. The need for multiple data center models is greater than ever. With an increasing number of users on board, translating into computers that require more and more data streaming capability, physical infrastructure must keep up with demand. For Telco, that means management must look at these issues:
- Creating a highly-efficient data center that encompasses the company’s entire structured organization
- Keeping up on new and ongoing technology
- Adequate to excellent support for “trends”
- Strategies for dealing with challenges from competing entities
With the increasing demand for more, more, more and for any business to success, equipment must be updated and well-maintained. Telco’s equipment is now transitioning from traditional NEBS-compliant products to ASHRAE Class-A servers. Air temperature and climate control is very important because the Class-A servers do not handle varying temperatures as well as their predecessors. For Telco’s smaller physical environments, the servers are at risk — it is more difficult to keep the equipment cool enough so that components do not overheat. Because ASHRAE Class-A servers must be kept in a “free cooling” atmosphere, attention to this matter is imperative. The good news for Telco is that “free cooling” will save energy, which, in turn, cuts operating costs.
Data Center Management
So, again, what can Telco do to improve management of its data centers? Start by:
- Reevaluate temperature controls and the units’ environment. Although Telco’s data centers are mostly built on slabs and may have good cool air circulation, installing cabinets to replace the 2-post racks would allow for a better sealing of open areas
- Configure the “hot and cold” air flow so that the equipment sucks cool air inward and releases the warm air to the rear of the unit
- Install each piece of equipment to create a “hot and cold” isle; rotate positions of the units so that they are not facing the same direction
In any industry, and especially for Telco, management knows — or should know — that a lot is riding on what actions are taken today; putting together a long-term plan for the future is a necessity. Although industry values change, Telco, a company depended on for providing data content and management, must put its nose to the grindstone. By proactively restructuring its data centers today, the company would be ensuring a solid, stable and cost-effective plan to take data management into the next decade and beyond.