October 2012

Data Center Management

Data Center Management Gimmick or Necessity

By: Dr. Ben Eshay, RiT Technologies

Much has changed since the first data centers were built. The original data center was constructed decades ago, with the concept dating back to the early stages of the computing industry. Today, the data center is the backbone for most activities, and more.

The increasing thirst for knowledge and time reduction in every aspect of our lives has created a need for larger, faster, bigger and more powerful data centers. This, however, is in direct contradiction with the macro environment.

As our world suffers from global environment changes, and financial instability, the demand for storage space, speed, bandwidth and security increases. Added to that is the demand to cut the cost of space, power, and cooling to protect the environment, without compromising reliability. New market trends such as web services and cloud computing have also meant further changes and drastic measures to be taken to cope with all the emerging requirements.

Today’s data center design and implementation is state of the art. It requires knowledge in many disciplines, covering different areas of expertise. As Computer Aided Design (CAD) has evolved from old-fashioned paper, so too has the data center. In today’s world this means that the data center requires smart mechanisms to help manage it and assist organizations in staying on top of the game. Various solutions are currently available, starting with sophisticated software aided tools for design monitoring and control, to state of the art physical hardware that assists in the day–to-day operations of the data center.

Some of the ways in which data centers meet the above requirements, include:

  • The CPU’s have evolved tremendously both in performance and power consumption, this allows for better integration of the servers which now have multiple CPU’s and extremely large memory banks.
  • Storage has reached maximum density performance and cost is almost unlimited.
  • The backbones have reached GIGABIT and even TERABIT bandwidths.
  • The routing engines are efficient and fast.
  • New technologies have migrated into the switches and backbones, allowing them to have optimal integration.
  • The port capacity per data center has reached new limits.
  • Space is used more efficiently than ever before, allowing emerging UPS and PDU technologies, and new cooling technologies to have higher density structures within a given space.

It is almost impossible today to manage a modern data center without management tools. These tools are divided into hardware and software solutions. Starting with design and optimization of a modern data center, to monitoring, maintenance and alerts, and ends with state of the art analysis, control and management of all functions within the data center and the organization.

There many software and hardware solutions currently on the market that manage the various aspects of the data center. However, RiT’s CenterMind concept is revolutionary combining all the requirements of the modern data center into one system.

About the Author
Dr. Ben Eshay, CTO of RiT Technologies
Dr. Eshay, CTO, brings over 25 years’ experience in the electronics and computer sciences sectors to his new role at RiT Technologies Ltd, with previous experience in managing large, complex R&D and business development organizations such as American Unmanned Systems, BNM Technologies and SDS. In addition, Dr. Eshay also served as a consultant to well-established, global organizations such as HP, Intel, Cisco, Lucent and Motorola.

About RiT Technologies
RiT is a leading provider of comprehensive management solutions for today’s mission-critical data centers and communication rooms. Through the deployment of RiT’s integrated DCIM (data center infrastructure management), IIM (intelligent infrastructure management), SMART Cabling™ and EPV™ real-time infrastructure management solutions, companies enhance both CAPEX and OPEX by increasing efficiency and improving automated processes. RiT’s field-tested solutions are delivering value in thousands of installations for top-tier enterprises and operators throughout the world.