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  • Data Center Liquid Cooling – Is It Time for an Upgrade?
    As the demand for cloud services, big data analytics and AI computations grows, data centers are housing increasingly dense and powerful computing equipment. This trend has led to higher heat loads, making efficient cooling not only desirable but necessary. In some situations, traditional air-cooled systems, once the backbone of data center cooling, are now being supplemented and even replaced by data center liquid cooling solutions. In this article, we explore how far our cooling innovations have come and uncover the reality of today’s liquid cooling… Read more: Data Center Liquid Cooling – Is It Time for an Upgrade?
  • Edge Computing – A Contrast to Colocation
    Edge computing is an innovative strategy that moves data storage and processing closer to users and data sources. On the contrary, colocation utilizes a third party’s centralized area and data to share resources and space with our clients. Although it may appear that location differentiates the two, there are still many other distinctions that make them suitable for different uses and needs.  In 2025, the world’s data creation is forecast to hit a new record high of over 180 zettabytes. Of course, this will inevitably… Read more: Edge Computing – A Contrast to Colocation
  • Optimize Your Data Center for a Potential Downturn – Doing More With Less
    With every recession, companies make valiant attempts to reduce their spending. One of the first things to go is marketing. Then the C-Suite starts to look for other potential savings, including in the area of servers and data management. But the need to process and analyze data, access the internet, and other tasks doesn’t go away. To be competitive, data centers also need to cut costs, and find ways to do more with less.  Sometimes this involves moves and changes that, while they cost time… Read more: Optimize Your Data Center for a Potential Downturn – Doing More With Less
  • Optimizing Ethernet in Data Center Networks
    Demand for faster data transfer, and more of it, has exploded exponentially over the last decade. Even before the pandemic, growth was already at exponential rates, but with the work from anywhere trend and more people gaming and streaming from home, demand rose even further.  With it came an explosion in innovation, and a necessary one. Data Center Interconnects (DCI) Ethernet cable speeds increased from 100 Gb applications to 400 Gb and beyond. Server speeds have gone from 10 Gb to 25 Gb and beyond,… Read more: Optimizing Ethernet in Data Center Networks
  • Hot and Cold Aisle Containment in Data Centers
    Data centers are often made up of hot and cold aisles, and the design of the hot / cold aisle data center is far from new. However, the traditional setup causes warm air exhaust from one aisle to flow into the air intake of the next, meaning that the overall efficiency of the data center is impacted. And really, that’s what hot and cool aisle containment is all about. As rack density increases, especially in edge data centers and hyperscale data centers, the need for efficiency… Read more: Hot and Cold Aisle Containment in Data Centers
  • The Data Link Layer – How DAC and AOC Cables Can Work For You
    As the need for data storage and speed increases, the need for hyperscale data centers has increased. So has the need for edge data centers as well. While large-scale centers serve companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, other organizations are looking at smaller data centers closer to the end-user. In both cases, the data link layer of the data center is critical. Enter Direct Attach Copper (DACs) cables and Active Optical Cables (AOCs). What is that data link layer? It’s the physical layer, the connection between… Read more: The Data Link Layer – How DAC and AOC Cables Can Work For You
  • Faster Polymer Plastic Cables? Not So Fast!
    Just about a year ago a group from MIT demonstrated a polymer plastic cable the size of a human hair that could transmit data faster than copper – much faster.  How fast? Well, they recorded speeds of more than 100 gigabits per second! So where is this new technology and where is it headed? Well, here are some answers for you. The Need for Speed First, perhaps we need to qualify what this speed is, and why computers and data centers need it.  The first… Read more: Faster Polymer Plastic Cables? Not So Fast!
  • How a Fire-Rated Power Distribution System Reduces Risk
    Fires are not super common in data centers, but they do happen, and most often when they do, they are not reported (at least not in the news). Much of the reason for this is that fires are usually small and quickly contained. It is unusual for a data center to become fully engulfed.  Even when such fires are reported on, details can be sketchy, causes, and investigations hidden behind NDA’s and are therefore difficult to learn from. While companies want to retain control over… Read more: How a Fire-Rated Power Distribution System Reduces Risk
  • Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography – Keeping Moore’s Law Alive
    In 1975, looking at the next decade, a guy named Gordon Moore revised his previous forecast of the number of integrated circuits in a microchip doubling every year to doubling every two years. Moore was not a prophet, nor a brilliant data analyst, but as his prediction held true, it later became known as a law.  The law has become more of a guide, influencing the policies for research and development of the largest companies and chip manufacturers in the world. And it, and a… Read more: Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography – Keeping Moore’s Law Alive
  • Edge Data Centers – Space and the Final Frontier
    Computing on the edge: it seems that everyone is doing it, from big industry to manufacturers, from ISPs to Cloud Computing centers. When you can locate computing and analytics power closer to machines connected via the IoT and other data sources, the faster you can gather data, and the more data you can store and analyze in a timely manner. For some, edge data centers seem like the final frontier for data. This has resulted in data centers that vary in size, from the size… Read more: Edge Data Centers – Space and the Final Frontier

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