Rapid advancements in IT systems have enabled us to live in a world that is interconnected by technology. But what if these IT systems are not physically protected? Sure, downtime can be a nuisance to our everyday lives, but for businesses it can have much greater consequences.
Not only does a failure affect the IT department within a business, but major disruption can be caused though out, resulting in loss of money and a damaged company reputation. Often, it’s the IT managers role to mitigate the risk of downtime and ensure the IT systems continue to perform with no hiccups.
This whitepaper takes you through four key areas for consideration to reduce the risk of potential downtime whilst still meeting the IT world’s future demands:
1. Physical Protection for IT infrastructure
Industry 4.0 means we are more reliant on technology, and therefore the consequences of IT infrastructure failing is much greater. Whilst the IT rack is often overlooked as an important part of the infrastructure, it sits at the core with the fundamental purpose to protect the delicate components it houses.
The IT rack must be robustly constructed whilst still having the ability to adapt and respond to any changes in its surroundings. Before purchasing a rack, consider the specific features the rack must have to continue working in the environment it is placed in.
Businesses across the IT supply chain continue to work hard to meet their specific demands, therefore it's important the racks meet the demands of many. For example, standardisation allows off the shelf solutions which meets the needs of the end user and the installer making it both cost effective and achieving timescales.
Rittal offers a wide range of IT Racks to create an optimum solution for your application, including IT racks with an IP rating suitable for a more industrial environment. Rittal also offers all the features of cable management and cooling to ensure the equipment is working in its optimum environment.
Cooling is one of the most important aspects of IT infrastructure. It is a necessity to ensure the components are always kept at an acceptable temperature so the equipment can operate to its full potential. Failure to check the temperature, risks causing significant harm to your IT systems, such as a shorter operating life, reduced performance and reliability and increased energy costs.
The required level of cooling is different for each situation as it is based on the heat loss of the installed active components and ambient temperatures within the location. Rittal's diverse portfolio means there is the right climate control concept for every application. This could be cooling a single rack through to an entire data centre. Whether you opt for a fan, refrigerant or water based solution, you can be sure reliability, optimum energy and cost efficiency will be key considerations. Don't forget to also investigate the more cutting-edge solutions for cooling, such as on-chip cooling and full emersion cooling for a more 'green' and futuristic approach to cooling.
The Blue e+ IT protects IT equipment which is held in the industrial space. This innovative hybrid technology can unlock energy savings of up to 75%.
It is an active cooling circuit with speed-controlled fans which provide demand based cooling. As soon as the ambient temperature drops below the set level, the integral heat pipe takes over the climate control of the rack with passive cooling.
3. Reliable & Secure IT Power Supplies
A reliable and constant electrical supply is critical for the operation of servers, processors and cooling of electronic components. Even the smallest power outages or disturbances can lead to downtime in processing and lost revenues. Therefore solutions to ensure the electrical security for the IT infrastructure should be carefully considered.
Power Distribution Units
The power distribution unit (PDU) is the easiest and most reliable way to feed IT server racks. It’s compact design and tool-free clip attachment to the entire range of Rittal IT enclosures allows for simple and fast assembly. Also, as measuring and streamlining power consumption becomes even more important for data centre operators, Rittal's portfolio of PDU products offer transparent and detailed energy metering within the IT rack to help cut IT operating costs. Here's a guide to the PDU range.
The new PDU range is made up of five basic models that are functionally based on each other and can be individually configured. These are:
To always have peace of mind that the IT infrastructure is secure and still performing to its full potential, real-time monitoring through systems such as Rittal’s CMC (Computer Multi Control) system are highly recommended. Customised solutions control and monitor all physical parameters of the environment such as temperature, humidity, smoke and rack access.
The data collected from the sensors can be reviewed online via a web interface, or be globally monitored via a DCiM, such as Rittal’s RiZone meaning you know exactly when and where a parameter has been compromised. The parameters of the new range of Rittal PDU's can also be monitored, with the ability to remotely switch outlets on and off.