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Infrastructure Must Morph to Fit the Needs of the Future, Enabling the Cloud Data Center

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December 05, 2012

Infrastructure Must Morph to Fit the Needs of the Future, Enabling the Cloud Data Center

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

The common phrase “the more things change the more they remain the same” is true in the tech world, believe it or not. Think about the changing dynamic of the data center. What causes the same problems to occur – underfunded budgets, altering the status quo without vetting the consequences and procrastination? It is these challenges that create the need for the cloud data center.

Changes in the data center require a high degree of planning, according to this Panduit report. The playing field has changed due to consolidation and virtualization. The importance of engineering a network and planning the architecture of the IT system, however, which includes the racks, servers and all the components that make up the physical environment, cannot be understated.

All too often, it isn’t until a piece of the physical infrastructure fails that the cause and effect of the architecture gets a closer look. And by that time, considerable uptime is often lost, which can reflect very poorly on the data center’s image. The cloud data center helps to address these issues, but executive level employees must be able to grasp the business case behind making a change.

At the same time, storing data has become increasingly difficult, as the multitude of data available for collection grows daily. Some data center operators eventually own up to the fact that they can no longer provide a stable base of operation in their current makeup. For these data center operators, all is not lost. Panduit has a solution that can help remediate the issues, enabling the cloud data center and introducing a whole new approach to data center operation.

Panduit is a world-class developer of leading-edge solutions that offer clients efficiency and agility. The company offers an assessment and advisory service that will give data center operators a clearer look at their options regarding their physical infrastructure. They can pick up on not only the obvious issues facing the data center today, but also those that will occur in the near and the fairly distant future of five to 10 years.

The services offered through Panduit’s cloud data center advisory experts includes a thorough look at the cabling and cable management, power, space utilization, thermal management and power in the physical infrastructure. These assessments are made using industry best practices. Panduit staff use ASHRAE guidelines to carry out thermal optimization services. They also use CFD analysis to find where the cooling problems are occurring.

The team at Panduit knows design and will bring management services on-site to provide the best design processes. These designs are based on architectures that are proven to work in other enterprise network and cloud data centers. Panduit’s trademarked software services, the Panduit Physical Infrastructure Manager, or PIM, is the brain behind the service.

Making the business case for the cloud data center can be a challenge, but not one as daunting as the challenges faced by data centers in operation today. With Panduit assisting in the process, the migration is sure to succeed.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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