About Data Center Solutions
Whether a hyper scale data center with thousands of servers and storage units or a small-scaled, regional version in data centers, servers need to run 365 days per year, seven days per week and 24 hours per day. Therefore, the prevention of downtime is crucial. It’s all about continuity and keeping your data safe. That’s why both digital and physical security play an important role. It is no surprise that we have high requirements for data center doors. BCTL supplies secure, complete entrance solutions for data centers.
Importance of Data Centers
Almost every modern business and government offices need their very own data center, or they may opt to lease one. Big corporations and government institutions may choose to build and manage them in-house if they have the resources. While others choose to rent servers at ‘colos’ or colocation facilities. Some business owners also have the choice to use public cloud-based services.
Corporations that handle education, finance, telecommunication, retailers, and social networking services process tons of information every day. These businesses that produce and utilize data requires data centers in running their operations. Without these centers, they will suffer the absence of speedy and secure access to data. This failure in delivering services will ultimately lead to the loss of clients and profits.
Now, we must remember that all of this information needs to be housed somewhere. Nowadays, cloud storage is gaining momentum, not just with business owners but with local consumers as well. The idea of running or storing our data and resources at home or work computers is getting replaced by offshore storing mentality. Many firms are also migrating their professional applications to data center services to minimize the cost of running an in-house server.
That is why data centers are an indispensable resource for a business that wants to run their operation without worries. The importance of data centers in the modern world has increased ten-fold due to the rising demand of information trading.
Types of Data Centers
With how data centers are indispensable in running big corporations and with even small-medium enterprises joining the trend, choosing one to fit a business model is essential. There are different types of data centers and service models. Here are four main types of data centers:
Colocation Data Centers
Colocation data centers or most commonly known as “colo” is a company that rents space within a data center that they do not own and is housed outside the company’s premises. The colocation data center provides the infrastructure like the building itself, cooling, bandwidth, and security, among others. While the company produces and maintains the components, which include the servers, storage system, and security firewalls.
Enterprise Data Centers
Enterprise data centers are established, owned, and managed by companies. These data centers are operated under a single purpose and that this optimized service for their end-user clients. Enterprise data centers are often located inside corporate compounds.
Managed Services Data Centers
These data centers are operated by a third-party entity or a managed services provider instead of the company. The company rents the equipment and infrastructure to cut costs.
Cloud Data Centers
Cloud data centers are an off-premises form of a data center. The most common cloud hosting services are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and IBM Cloud.
How Reliable Is a Data Center Facility
Business owners are in constant need of reliability when in terms of maintaining a smooth operation. Good thing that a Data center is built to withstand a 24/7 service easily. However, the components require a significant amount of infrastructure support in both hardware and software areas.
These include power subsystems, stable and uninterruptible power supplies, proper ventilation, high-quality cooling systems, fire suppression, reliable backup generators, and connections to external networks.
The business world is moving at an incredibly fast pace that matches the overwhelming demand for information. With the ever-changing requirements of the modern business model, many companies place their confidence in data centers, as these facilities play a crucial role in reaching their IT specifications.
Data centers are more than just a safe and secure facility with space that is equipped with reliable power, and network. They are becoming a valuable addition to many businesses as they prove to be a dependable extension of their IT team. That is why data centers in modern business set up are increasingly becoming an indispensable factor for success.
Data Center Infrastructure Products
Data Center Airflow Management
When optimizing your data center for efficiency, one important factor to consider is proper management of air. The mixing of cold and hot air should be prevented in order to improve overall efficiency. This can be done through various airflow management solutions, customized for your data center’s needs.
Data Center Cooling Solutions
Cooling solutions for IT equipment, from small network closets to enterprise data centers, today’s smaller server room environments are dealing with the growing needs for server rack densities. At one point in time, building HVAC systems were sufficient enough to handle the cooling requirements of these smaller computer rooms.
Data Center Containment Systems
The amount of energy used to maintain acceptable temperatures in the data center can be greatly reduced by containment. Data center containment is the separation of cold supply airflow from hot air coming out of equipment exhaust. By separating the air, you are able to save revenue by reducing your energy consumption, and improve overall equipment performance and efficiency.
When it comes to a reliable, integrated data center infrastructure management (DCIM) strategy, having a firm comprehension of lifecycle asset management and monitoring facilities is key to a complete solution. Identifying goals and necessities to deploy a full DCIM system for rapid evolution involves in-depth knowledge of each evaluation stage.
Digital Signage is a system network of content, devices, and cables to meet the goal of presenting relevant and appealing information, both pre-made and live, to more communicate within a high functioning and user-friendly environment.
An integrated solution addresses your IT needs without building new data center space. It provides you with precision cooling, UPSs, power management, monitoring and control technologies, and fire suppression all in an enclosed system. These systems are quick to deploy compared to conventional DC build, efficient to operate, built for flexibility, and easy to manage.
Integrated solutions are available in different configurations. Three to six-rack configurations for up to 20kW of total capacity; and six-rack to ten-rack configurations for up to 36kW of total capacity. The solution allows the flexibility of starting small and expanding over time.
- Room-neutral design – allows this system to be placed virtually anywhere, even in environments where people are working
- Secure – Lockable cabinets and access-triggered alarms work together to put you in control of your environment
- Integrated fire suppression – saves 66% over room-based systems by avoiding room upgrades
- Reduces cooling power usage through contained airflow, and high efficiency technologies.
- Low-voltage cable entry in top and rear of plenum
- Sealed plenums and contained airflow – provide greater cooling efficiency
- Deploys in weeks, not months.
- Reduce annual energy costs up to 25% through high-efficiency power, dedicated cooling and management technologies, and containment
- Reduce maintenance costs with reliable design and efficient operation that minimizes wear and tear and requires less servicing
- Integrated back-up fans – operated by UPS in case of outage
- Save up to 28% on room upgrades compared to upfitting a room as a conventional data center
- Simplify implementation through an integrated design
- Easily operate and manage infrastructure systems through integrated controls
- Ensure continuity of business operations with single system startup, warranty, preventive maintenance, and repair
Digital KVM solutions (also known as IP KVM switches or KVM over IP switches) provide secure bios level access and control of servers and network devices utilizing a browser via the network. This can be on the company LAN or across the world. These non-intrusive, hardware-based enterprise KVM solutions allow both in-band and out-of-band access to all servers connected to the KVM over IP switch.
Digital High Performance KVM systems provide a highly scalable and configurable way to connect hundreds of users to thousands of servers and workstation equipment in a secure, real-time manner over your network.
High definition video, audio, and exceptional USB performance is ideal for control room and user extension applications in Government, Broadcast, Post Production, Enterprise Data Centers, Industrial, and Transportation environments.
- Multi-User Access– Matrix provides up to hundreds of users with non-blocked access to connected servers and equipment, allowing for multi-user access at any time.
- Scalable, Expandable Architecture– Thousands of devices can be connected through cascading, and expanding the system is easy to implement.
- Intuitive Administration– Through the web interface or Matrix Manager Software, a single management system allows you to manage devices, users, and peripherals. Advanced features also exist to establish macros, event notification, high availability, and external API access.
- High Performance Video, Audio, and USB– Remotely access applications with a exceptional USB, audio, and resolution up to 1920 x 1200.
A High Performance KVM switch is designed for organizations that need to provide workers the ability to quickly and seamlessly access and share one or more computing resource(s) which are physically separated from their work environment. The Analog High Performance KVM switch uses direct connect technology to provide fast switching between resources.
Analog High Performance KVM switches are used in the command centers of major power plants, for streamlining the editing of Hollywood blockbusters, and is used in production environments by a vast majority of major broadcasting television and cable networks.
- Bandwidth and Real-Time Access to Servers– Facilitates access to multiple servers and applications where full-bandwidth video quality is critical
- Back-rack computersand provide complete access from a single interface
- Uses existing UTP cable infrastructure:CAT-5, CAT- 5e and CAT-6, including GigaFlex
- Multi-Platform Support– PS/2, USB, Sun and SGI servers and VT100 serial-based devices
- Supports Diverse Applications– Proven choice for test labs, demo labs, designer environments, test labs, and data centers
Data Center Monitoring
BCTL provides cost effective solutions for DCIM, environmental, power and surveillance monitoring of your data center. Monitor humidity, temperature, door contact, and other options remotely from network closets to data centers. We offer products that give you fully automated, real-time wire-free data center monitoring solutions that significantly reduce the time and cost of tracking and managing IT assets and the environmental conditions that surround them.
Data Center Infrastructure Management analyzes environmental, power and surveillance all in one for a complete monitoring system of your data center.
Ensure uptime by monitoring racks for potential hot spots, make strategic decisions on cooling and containment, set thresholds and alerts to monitor onsite or remote facilities, and improve data center availability by receiving environmental alerts.
Decrease the number and duration of unplanned outages, manage power loading and balancing, and improve power distribution efficiency.
Secure your cabinets with systems such as real-time images and video, USB webcams, and contact closure sensors.
Power Distribution Technologies
The power management product range for power distribution in the data center is based on the consistent implementation of plug-&-play expansion with no need to interrupt current operations. Down-times are avoided and future operating costs are lowered.
Racks & Enclosures
BCTL offers a variety of racks that can fit your data center needs. When choosing a rack or enclosure, one important factor to consider is knowing your server rack cooling strategy. The type of rack you choose will depend on the cooling methods used in your environment. Another point to consider would be selecting an appropriately-sized rack. When selecting a rack, you want to be sure it has sufficient internal space to house your current equipment and ensure that you have ample space to accommodate planned future expansion.
Making sure your rack fits into your overall security strategy is just as important too. There are several measures you can take to improve the security of the racks and equipment in your data center.Though it consumes no electricity and contains no moving parts, the rack and enclosure orientation has a significant impact on a data center’s ability to become an energy efficient enterprise.