Small server rooms and branch offices are typically unorganized, unsecured, hot, unmonitored, and space constrained. These conditions can lead to system downtime or, at the very least, lead to “close calls” that get management’s attention. Discover how turning your server room into a micro data center can make all the difference in terms of downtime and customer satisfaction.
IT deployments for small businesses or branch offices are typically relegated to small confined rooms, closets, or even on the office floor. A common explanation for this, whether from a small business owner or branch office manager, is that “we only had a few pieces of IT equipment so we just put them in here”. This reasoning is often justified when there is little criticality to the larger business if that IT equipment goes down. However, as businesses grow, their reliance and dependence on IT increases which makes them much more sensitive to IT downtime.
Tips for Making Realistic Improvements
Our new guide “Practical Options for Deploying Small Server Rooms and Micro Data Centers” gives tips for making realistic improvements to:
- Physical Security
- And more
Micro Data Center Defined
A micro data center is a self-contained, secure computing environment that includes all the storage, processing and networking necessary to run the customer applications. They ship in one enclosure and include all necessary power, cooling, security, and associated management tools (DCIM). Micro data centers are assembled and tested in a factory environment and can range in size from 1 – 100kW in IT load.
The benefits of distributing micro data centers are that they scale as needed, reduce computing latency, and reduce the risk of bringing down the entire data center operation (i.e. reduce single points of failure). Similar to a distributed IT architecture, if more capacity is needed in the future, another micro data center is added. Standardizing these micro data centers results in further benefits including reduced deployment time, simplified management, and lower maintenance and capital costs.
Get essential tips to help you transform your server room into a micro data center.