The Symphony of a Data Center
In today’s manic world ruled by apps and data. Have you ever given a thought to how these things work?
Jeremy Lichtenstein, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solutions Architect at Pinnacle talks us through the symphony of a data center and all the questions you need to ask yourself.
Yes it’s code but where does that code run?
Hidden in the shadows lies a cold and noisy landscape, bathed in the light of white fluorescence. This is the data center.The name speaks volumes as there are vast amounts of your data sitting there. These hidden fortresses are filled with a combination of servers, storage, and networking devices capable of computing inconceivable amounts of information. Connected by a complex web of cables consisting of copper and fiber optics. These places are what make our everyday lives that rely so heavily on technology possible.
In order for these places to exist, they need to be dreamt up, designed, scoped and planned in meticulous detail. Typically this is done by an enterprise solutions architect.
These individuals make use of their years of experience to design a solution that meets the requirements of the company that’s fitting the bill for these data centers. Make no mistake, these spaces are never designed by just one person as there’ is a lot to consider. Specialists exist in different fields and must collaborate to bring these systems into existence.
Have you ever given a thought to supercomputing or machine learning? What does that even mean? This is taking insane amounts of data that continue to grow and analysing it to find insight. Take it a step further with machine learning and find the patterns and the simple things needed to make a process more efficient. Tools like InfoSight from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) collect data from approximately 140 billion data points every 5 minutes. This information can then be used to predict failures and find inefficiencies in components. Combine that data with your system management tasks and there you have a diagnostics engine. How else can one team manage thousands and sometimes even tens of thousands of servers efficiently without management tools that provide insight into the data?
You’ve then got to look at redundancy. What happens when something does break, do I have a system that can pick up the load and prevent downtime?
What happens when the power goes down. A UPS and generator can only do so much if your loads are not distributed correctly. These systems then need to be connected to the internet which then raises security concerns. Who can access what and how can I ensure that I can access my data when I need it.
Is my data being backed up? Does the data center need to be replicated to another site should something happen to the primary location? Take it a step further and have Cape Town users connecting to Cape Town and Joburg users accessing Joburg while offering each site full replication between one and the other. Your sites become more redundant as you grow.
Now with all this equipment running have I considered what’s needed to keep everything cool? Am I cooling as efficiently as possible or just running my air conditioners at max because someone said I should.
What if there’s a fire, is there an effective suppression system? Take this further and link everything together to get a unified insight and report on everything to ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment. Are these systems to keep the systems going being regularly maintained and cleaned?
And lastly, don’t overspec for the sake of overspecing. The bitcoin boom had a few system admins in the world making use of company assets to mine coin for themselves. Companies had to fit the bill for expensive hardware as well as the power and cooling required to run them.
With so much to consider these systems can seem to be overwhelming when in actual fact, they’re not.
There’s great beauty in a well-engineered data centre. No problem is too big or too complex.
A symphony of technology that comes together to make just about anything possible.
Contact Pinnacle’s Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solutions Architect Jeremy Lichtenstein today to help build the perfect data center solution for your business: JeremyL@pinnacle.co.za