One of the worst things that can happen to a data center or system that processes high amounts of data is system failure. Unfortunately, if the electronics are not properly stored or packaged, there are many factors that can threaten the system’s well-being. Indeed, over 65% of the failures in IT equipment are due to the poorly maintained, inadequate, or not working air conditioning in the server room. Overheating, moisture, and a build up of dust or debris can also lead to system failure. However, with the right electronics packaging racks, server racks, and right set up (such as cold aisle containment), you can avoid these types of costly and inconvenient mishaps. So how do you choose electronics packaging racks and how do you know it’s the right time to update your data center?
A Growing Concern
As our dependence on technology continues to grow and we begin to move more and more of our data to the cloud, our need for servers and data storage systems also increases. Per a 2011 survey, almost 40% of large companies were facing the challenge of exceeding their IT capacity in the next 18 months. That need is only growing. The end-user spending on cloud services was predicted to be over $180 billion in 2015 and by 2018, the global market for cloud equipment would be at almost $80 billion.
Companies utilize cloud services so heavily because it saves money and space and is incredibly convenient. Indeed, over 80% of companies saved money by switching to the cloud. And a quarter of respondents in a survey reported that they if they could only move one application to the cloud, they would select storage.
But in order to process all this information, we need equipment — and the space to put it. Hence the need for data centers.
Talk to Me About Data Centers
A data center is a space that computer systems and their components live in. Backup power supplies, connections, environmental controls, security, and other methods of communications and controls are housed within these facilities. The power density of a data center is 100 times greater than a large commercial office building. The power equivalent is about nine small shopping malls.
With rapidly evolving technology, Green Computing reports that data centers that are over seven years old are technically out of date, though the average lifespan of a data center is around nine years.
One of the main concerns of a data center is how to keep everything at the correct temperature and how to keep costs down while doing so. Considering that the average air conditioning costs of a typical server room is just over $20,000, data centers are costly. That one data center can also emit almost 250 tons of greenhouse gas. Currently, about 80% of data centers use — or are looking into using — hot or cold aisle containment systems to keep servers running at the right temperature, while simultaneously reducing their energy consumption.
What Should You Look For In Electronics Packaging Racks?
When it comes to electronics packaging racks, looking into custom configurations can be a great idea to match the size and storage space you have available. If they’re going to be in plain sight, making sure that they’re aesthetically pleasing can be an advantage. Above all, these racks should be able to protect the system from the fluctuations in environment — from humidity and moisture, shock or vibrations, and dust and other debris.
It’s even better if you can combine a cooling system within the server rack itself, as that is much more cost and energy efficient. You also want to make sure that the racks are secured — electronic components toppling over could be dangerous for workers in the data center and cause damage to the systems.
Ensure that your systems will be up and running with the right safeguards by taking preventive measures in your data center. Investing in the right server racks and heating and cooling systems can make a huge difference in the long run.