Data centers rely on many moving parts to make up a whole cohesive unit. Many factors go into the planning, construction and maintenance of a data center. Cooling just happens to be at the top of most lists out there, as both an initial and upkeep cost. As data centers grow within the space they have, cooling has to adapt to the changes. Read More
The data center industry is no stranger to the thought of alternate power sources. The matter of PUE and energy costs are a huge topic of concern when considering a colocation or building a data center. Solar energy isn’t new either, according to Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report for 2014 all of their data centers are operating at 100% renewable energy. Read More
As some of you may already be aware, Team Silverback has launched a new site, http://www.technicaltavern.com/. It’s an exciting place where the technology community can come to connect.
As the name “tavern” implies, the Technical Tavern is designed to act as a neat meeting point for the technical community to get in on industry news and blogs, and for social networking. Read More
In the world of data centers there are several kinds of rails used to mount server and switch devices. From two post rails to four post rails, square hole and round hole. The most commonly seen rail by Silverback is the four post, square holed variety. For more basic information on rails check out our knowledge base article on the standards used: Rail Standards. Read More
In previous articles we’ve discussed the impact of the FCC bringing broadband to rural areas and the ideas behind Net Neutrality. In the vein of both, we enter into a new topic which is satellite internet service, or Outernet. Brought to us by the Media Development Investment Fund, it promises to bring wireless satellite internet to the world at large using small sub-orbit satellites called cubesats. Read More
Here at Team Silverback the Green Gorilla worries a lot about the sustainability of data centers. Data Center Knowledge has just put out a very thoughtful article on the subject, and I have some thoughts on it all as well.
There are a few different ways data centers (and other facilities) are working on attaining sustainability. Obvious strategies include solar energy and wind-powered energy. Read More
First and foremost, if you were not aware, Bitcoin is a software based payment system that was described by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 and introduced as open-source software in 2009. Since then the US Treasury has gone on to classify Bitcoin as a decentralized virtual currency. Without a central repository or single administrator payments work peer-to-peer. Read More
Data center humidity is a pretty controversial topic in the industry. Managers and operators of data centers disagree on standards for it, as they tend to do with other in-facility climate decisions as well.
Our C.O.O. Don Small says, “Interestingly, data center operators in humid climates believe data centers should be more humid than data center operators in arid climates do. Read More
If you run a data center or work in a data center you realize the need for security. We are talking about big numbers in the sheer amount of data that is kept in servers across the world. All of that information needs to stay secure. Thus it comes as no surprise that most data centers run on magnetized badges, bio-reader technology and rely on third party security companies to keep their campuses secure. There are always places to improve the security of customers’ data. IDenticard provides just such security measures. Read More
What with the EPA’s recent release of their Energy Star certification for data centers, it seems like a good time to keep regularizing the industry, so the Uptime Institute’s standard for Operational Sustainability is very aptly timed.
The Institute’s Tier system has long been influential where enterprise data centers are concerned, and releasing new standards and continuing to call facilities to task is definitely helpful. Read More