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Digital Transformation of Data Centers
The trend of Data Center Digital Transformation is in full throttle in 2019. Giant companies such as Google, IBM, Alibaba, Tencent, and Uber enjoy huge success in embracing digital processing. As of consumers, they have become accustomed to on-demand, cloud-based real-time solutions that are always available and highly personalized.
Market Trend of Digital Transformation
In today’s highly connected and digitalized world, there is ever-growing urge from organizations to deliver upon new customer requirements, drive innovation and increase operational efficiencies. More and more governments lay out initiatives to support digital transformation as leaders are under increasing pressure to adopt and accelerate the revolution.
Data center modernization enhances consistent high speed data delivery, supports diverse workload requirements and multi-cloud integration. It also enables businesses to reduce operational overhead, eliminate inefficiency and detect risk behaviors, while ensuring continuous availability and adherence to compliance objectives.
Upcoming Challenges and Technologies
Challenges are the same from large financial institutions to small logistic firms. They need to eliminate the manual process in order to rapidly capture new opportunities. They also need data center infrastructure in place to enable capacity increase as and when required.
Technologies such as 5G, IoT, VR/AR, blockchain, and AI will continue to significantly impact data center revolution towards digital transformation.
Newtech Officially Launched iNAV System
Newtech has been providing quality turnkey solutions for critical environments and IT infrastructure for the past 25 years. With solid experience in developing the DCIM system, our iNAV monitoring integrates both the IT and FM information of the data center. It helps clients to achieve business-oriented goals while optimizing the performance of the data center.
The Eight-function Module
1. Asset Management
2. Rack Capacity Management
3. Change Management
4. Network Management
5. Energy Management
6. Power Quality Management
7. Main Plant Management
8. Environment Management
1. Flexible in enhancing / customizing the iNAV DCIM solution
2. 3D visualization of Asset, Facility & Environment management
3. Effective communication channel through Telegram/Email/SMS alert system
4. Automated operation in generating the daily/weekly/monthly report
New function modules will be launched in the near future to meet our client’s business growth. For more information of iNAV DCIM solution, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centrifugal Oil-Free Chillers – The Cutting-Edge Technical Choice for Efficient Data Centers
These top-level technology compressors bring enormous benefits in terms of efficiency, adjustments, vibrations, and weight. Magnetic levitation eliminates the need for lubricant, its delicate management, and its heat exchange loss. Soft start, integrated into the compressors, lowers the inrush current to only 2 Amps, making the selection of power line systems more favorable.
Countless Design Combinations / No Compromise
Large availability in the combinations of the compressors (up to 6 compressors on the same unit), plus the flexibility in the choice of the heat exchangers can satisfy each specific installation and design requirements. The advanced oil-free chillers provide the highest full load efficiency, the best initial investment, and an unrivaled seasonal efficiency. The operating range is suitable for applications in systems which operates at high or low condensation (dry coolers or cooling towers).
Very High Efficiency [EER exceeding 6.6 and ESEER over 10.2 (gross values)]
Integrated technological solutions provide a brilliant full and partial load ranging from top market levels with top-level seasonal efficiency. Large capacity modulation and expanded exchanger offer minimum running costs of the unit in real working conditions.
Low Inrush Current
Revolutionary centrifugal compressor greatly reduces breakaway starting currents.
Wide Cooling Capacity Range
The cooling capacity range can widely cover from 246 kW to more than 4 MW.
Horizontal or diagonal arrangement of the heat exchangers favor overall dimensions in height or plant. Water connections to the evaporator and condenser can be deployed on the right or left in order to fit all applications.
Extremely Silent Operation
The superior oil-free chiller technology highly reduces vibrations and delivers extremely silent operation in line with the best on the market.
Dynamic UPS- A next generation Green Solutions for Power Supply
Data Centre owners, operators and designers are required to meet ever increasing and demanding expectations – high levels of availability, redundancy, power efficiency and density are all measurements of how they are evaluated. In order to deliver on these critical business objectives while maintaining a scalable and modular approach, the use of the Dynamic UPS is the Rotary Uninterruptable Power Supply system you can rely on to meet these expectations.
Dynamic UPS uses a kinetic energy accumulator as an energy storage device instead of traditional lead-acid battery cells.
iPlaced between the mains and the load, dynamic UPS acts as a filtering and conditioning mechanism, ensuring high quality power to the load and continues the supply for an unlimited period of time in case of an outage. They range in small power steps from 100 kVA up to 2500 kVA per unit for 50Hz and up to 3000 kVA for 60 Hz. For projects which require large critical loads, the Dynamic UPS can be paralleled and designed in Low Voltage or in Medium Voltage configurations up to 24 kV.
The design of dynamic UPS enables over 20% of power losses reduction, making it the most efficient Diesel Rotary UPS systems in the market.
As every kW counts, the dynamic UPS has been programmed to include an Eco-Mode function — the speed of the accumulator adapts automatically to partial loads, further reducing energy losses.
With the dynamic UPS, you are able to perform maintenance programs while the UPS system stays fully operational. In other words, your load is secured at all times and any maintenance work will not interfere with the daily operations in your facility.
Built with the latest technology, dynamic UPS has been referenced by companies worldwide since its conception over 20 years ago. Recently, NewTech supplied dynamic UPS to Global Switch. The whole project sum totaled HKD280 million.
It is engineered to meet the most stringent level of reliability, highest efficiency, long lifespan and consequently, is able to achieve the lowest economical and operational costs.
Newtech Launched iMon365- the 7×24 Comprehensive Monitoring Service
Over the years, Newtech has broadened its services and solutions extensively. On top of total solutions for critical environments and IT Infrastructure, Newtech recently launched state-of-the-art monitoring services- iMon365, which combines Building management system (BMS) with Network Monitoring and Management System (NMS). It provides round the clock monitoring, immediate notification, monthly reports with potential problems and solutions, and expedited problem resolution to ensure clients’ security. iMon365 allows different network components to be closely monitored. Conducted by an experienced team, components such as network utilization and performance are monitored through Cisco IP SLA and QoS, with some tests running as frequently as every five minutes. iMon365 offers a wide scope of 7x24x365 monitoring service, including:
1. Real time Alerts
iMon365 targets In-scope devices and provides prompt notification via phone and email with specific recommendations to clients. With tests running every 5 minutes, clients are able to make a timely and informed choice of action during critical events.
2. 7×24 availability monitoring
iMon365 remotely monitors all registered infrastructure devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to quickly detect, diagnose and solve any potential network performance problems.
3. Agent and Agentless Monitoring
iMon365 provides monitoring in both agent and agentless manners. iMon365’s agent monitoring supports most operating systems, including Linux, IBM AIX, Windows and Solaris. Agent monitoring enhances service integration and the proactivity of IT and automated actions. While on the other hand, agentless monitoring of computers is also provided using ICMP ping for remote functionality, allowing lower initial software cost for clients.
4. VM Monitoring
Hypervisors and virtual machines are used to discover any performance problems in Clients’ cloud platforms.
5. Resource usage trends monitoring
Data in all devices, such as the growth of disk usage and availability, are collected daily for analysis to ensure performance.
6. Performance Monitoring (with agent)
Performance of separate components such as CPU, Memory, Network, Disk space and processer are tested every 5 minutes as an indicator of the overall network performance.
7. Periodic reporting
iMon365 issues reports on a regular basis (daily, weekly and monthly), which includes potential problem areas with recommended solutions to clients. Furthermore, we provide contract status information and configuration advice for clients within those reports.
For more information of iMon365, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Enhance Data Centre Performance with DCIM Solution
Nowadays, massive amount of big data are stored inside data centres, buried across the infrastructure. To deal with the enormous data stored and to enhance data centre performance, data centre operators have started to apply Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) to manage, add, monitor and maintain availability of data centres’ physical facilities such as power distribution, cooling and security system. Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) empowers data centre operators to manage facilities, optimise the performance and efficiency of data centre infrastructure and keep it aligned with the needs of business at a reasonable cost. DCIM can ensure every aspect of the system’s performance is continuously monitored and managed, hence improving the reliability of data centre. By improving power and cooling efficiency through energy monitoring, DCIM can also reduce energy consumption, costs and carbon footprint. Some operators have integrated wireless sensors into DCIM systems as part of their control mechanism for data centre physical infrastructure. Wireless sensor technology not only allows operators to remotely monitor and manage infrastructure environment through Wi-Fi, it also provides the ability to quickly deploy and requires less wired network infrastructure hence reducing cost spent on cabling and overall energy consumption. As a solution that integrates IT physical infrastructure management, facilities management, and systems management, DCIM is transforming how the IT ecosystem is seen and managed. For more information of applying DCIM in your data centres, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Data Centre
Demands for data centre services have been increasing continuously in recent years. There has also been increasing adoption of high density servers with high energy consumption and heat generation, which in turn require more power for cooling. These together with the power required by other supporting facilities for resilience purposes result in further demand for power which leads to an increase in energy consumption and operation cost. Data centre operators are striving to enhance energy efficiency so as to reduce energy consumption. There are a several ways we can do to reduce energy consumption in data centre:
1. Consolidate and virtualise
Consolidating various applications onto fewer servers has a major impact on energy efficiency by reducing both server energy consumption and cooling requirements. Virtualisation allows enterprises to consolidate all of the servers to a single host machine, hence reducing energy costs and cooling costs as enterprises no longer have to pay for the energy costs associated with running under-utilised systems.
2. Adopting energy efficient servers, UPSs, and PDUs
A recent set of tests conducted jointly by US EPA, HP, and Microsoft demonstrate that replacing an older server with a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model will save energy and can consume 54% less power than older model servers.
3. Deactivating of unused servers
A study showed that one watt-hour of energy savings at the server level leads to roughly 1.9 watt-hours of facility-level energy savings from reducing energy waste in the power and reducing energy needed to cool the waste heat generated by the server. Deactivating of unused servers allows data centre operators to retire servers and/or postpone purchases of new servers, thus reducing electricity consumption and waste heat.
4. Adopt containment system
Many data centres commonly mix hot and cold air, limiting the capacity and effectiveness of the cooling system. To minimise hot and cold air mixing, data centre operators can use a containment system by placing air tiles in the cold aisle, and/or locating supply vents in the cold aisle and return vents in the hot aisle, together with a hard enclosure to contain the cold or hot aisle.
5. Less data storage
Less data storage requires less energy. Deduplication software can be considered as a way to reduce data storage. By eliminating unnecessary copies, deduplication software can compress the amount of data stored by more than 95%. As storing less data requires fewer hardware resources, energy can be consumed less.
Reducing energy consumption in data centre can reduce the operating expense and promote environmental responsibility, thus enabling data centre operators to sustain their business competiveness and growth in the long run.