The conversation about data centers—along with data storage density, cloud and edge computing, and other highly technical concepts—is constantly evolving. There is a central topic, however, that doesn’t get equal attention. What we aren’t talking about enough are the physical challenges of the data center environment. More specifically, how changes in server rack and facility designs are affecting data center operations.
It may come as little surprise that at ServerLIFT headquarters, the majority of our conversations revolve around data center safety. It’s the reason we originally designed the ServerLIFT data center lift. No one had made anything like it before. We saw a clear need for a lift that could function effectively in the data center environment without putting anyone at risk.
To compete in the fast-paced data center industry—or even to stay afloat—requires professional operations. To that end, DC owners and managers focus primarily on technology, data security, and the preservation of uptime. What can be forgotten is the work on the floor being handled by the operators: the methodology in handling all of the remarkable … Read more
Historically, the data center industry has been resistant to stagnation. Year over year, it sees tremendous growth and advancement. The Cisco Global Cloud Index shows sustained trends in both data center virtualization and cloud computing, with growth in nearly every associated sector. This positive news extends through 2021, when “data center storage installed capacity will … Read more
Data centers are unique spaces that come with unique challenges. Each DC is designed differently depending on its geographic location, service providers, data storage types, etc. Cooling and power concerns are typically the biggest expense and therefore always top of mind. As a result, most feature restricted spaces that include narrow aisles and/or overhead/ground-level obstructions. … Read more
Challenges for IT operations teams are growing. One of the ways many data center leaders are attempting to deal with these IT infrastructure struggles is by streamlining the DC environment. Your team may be aiming for the elimination of redundant files or data, improvement of data integrity or security, or decreasing maintenance and operations costs. … Read more
A data center manager hears this question often: “How can we safely expand IT operations without having to move to a new facility?” One of the easiest and most cost-effective answers appears to be to move upward. The 42U rack is a data center industry standard, but in the next few years, we expect server … Read more
This is the first installment of an ongoing series examining data center equipment. We will take a look at the stark differences between ServerLIFT machines and other devices, and assess how they function as server handling tools. Our first comparison is of ServerLIFT vs. Racklift. The comparison is categorized into the 3 essential functions of … Read more