New York, New York – (The Hosting News) – March 27, 2006 – A new research study from B-to-B network information provider, Light Reading and paid research service, Byte and Switch, analyzes resource problems caused by server overcrowding in big data centers.
According to the report, the continued shrinking of server form factors may enable data center operators
to pack more processing power into their facilities, but many sites are now
bumping up against hard-to-solve physical limits related to issues ranging from
power consumption to basic fire safety.
The report, ”Data Centers and the Coming Power Crisis,” analyzes the main pressure points being affected by server overcrowding and evaluates how operators of large commercial data centers are addressing these issues, especially regarding problems related specifically to power consumption and availability.
The report notes: ”Almost since their inception, data centers have been built and maintained based on a creative combination of Moore’s law and blind faith. Moore’s law dictated that improvements in computing processing power would continue to shrink form factors, giving data center managers the ability to cram more and more computing power into physically finite spaces. For years, this model for data center growth held up, but it is moving toward a grim outcome with serious ramifications for data centers of all stripes: Data center installations are beginning to reach maximum capacity for housing computing power.”
Key findings of ”Data Centers and the Coming Power Crisis” include the following:
Data centers are reaching their physical limit for accommodating
enterprise computing resources.
Shrinking server form factors are creating a two-pronged power problem
for data center operators – involving both direct power consumption and
additional power needed for system cooling.
Operators of commercial data centers are replacing generic ”white-box” servers with branded servers that offer more operating efficiency.
Large data centers may be pushing the limits of fire safety regulations
because of server cramming.
The new report marks the premiere issue of Byte and Switch Enterprise Data Insider, a new paid research service that tracks, analyzes, and evaluates the key technology developments that will shape enterprise computing and networking in the months and years ahead. The report is available as part of an annual subscription (6 issues) to Byte and Switch Enterprise Data Insider, priced at $1,295. Individual reports are available for $900.
The new reporting service endeavors to offer the following insights into the issues that will affect deployments of essential next-gen technologies affecting the entire enterprise computing infrastructure, including: data center operations,
data and network security, enterprise networks, emerging grid and utility computing applications, and
data management and data warehousing.
To learn more about the report, please visit: www.byteandswitch.com.
For more information about Light Reading, please visit: www.lightreading.com.