In the dynamic landscape of data center management, staying ahead of regulatory changes is paramount. As the push for sustainability intensifies, European data center professionals are facing a new challenge in the form of Regulation 2023/1542. This regulation mandates reporting on battery recycling by mid-2025. Let's delve into what this means for data centers and how you can prepare.
The European Green Deal, a landmark initiative aiming for a sustainable economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, underscores the urgency of environmental action. With a focus on electrification and renewable energy, the proliferation of battery-powered technologies has soared. However, this tran...
Edge data centers are transforming the way we process and deliver data, catering to the skyrocketing demands of modern applications and services.
The global edge computing market size was recently valued at USD 11.24 billion and is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.9% from 2023 to 2030.
By 2025, more than 75% of all enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside of the traditional data center or cloud.
Are you ready for the proliferation of edge sites and the challenges that may come with managing that infrastructure? Keep reading for a primer on edge data centers and how to manage them.
What Are Edge Data Centers?
An edge data center is a s...
As rack densities in data centers increase to support power-hungry applications like Artificial Intelligence and high-performance compute (HPC), data center professionals struggle with the limited cooling capacity and energy efficiency of traditional air cooling systems.
In response, a potential solution has emerged in liquid cooling, a paradigm shift from traditional air-based methods that offers a more efficient and targeted approach to thermal management.
The data center liquid cooling market is expected to grow by over 24% annually over the next five years as organizations seek ways to support high-density infrastructure and meet sustainability objectives.
Keep reading to learn the basic...
As data centers grow more complex and power-hungry, rack PDUs are an increasingly important component of data center power circuits.
Modern intelligent rack PDUs have many advanced features and work seamlessly with Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software to provide a complete solution for monitoring and managing data center infrastructure.
Let’s delve into the key trends shaping rack PDU management in 2024 and beyond.
Top Rack PDU Management Trends
1. Increased Adoption of Intelligent Rack PDUs
Basic or “dumb” rack PDUs are no longer sufficient in today’s data center environments. Without providing power usage data or any additional capabilities beyond basic power distribut...
We’re proud to announce the general availability of dcTrack® 9.1, the latest version of Sunbird’s DCIM Operations software. This release includes exciting new features including enhanced blade chassis visualization, custom fields for models and locations, and easier status changes.
dcTrack 9.1 Availability
This dcTrack 9.1 update is available worldwide on a subscription or perpetual license basis to all customers with valid maintenance contracts. Download the update file from Sunbird’s support portal to upgrade today.
If you would like to try a full-featured test drive of dcTrack, get your login credentials to the free online demo system now.
What’s New in dcTrack 9.1
The following featu...
In the blink of an eye, 2023 has come to an end and the data center industry saw lots of movement towards sustainability, AI, and operational efficiency. Data center management is ever-changing and evolving, and it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends to guide you to success in the new year.
With 2024 just days away, here are the top 10 emerging data center management trends that you should watch out for. If you haven’t already created a strategy for these, it’s not too late to add them into your 2024 plan of action.
Sustainability remains a top focus. Data center sustainability is a leading trend in the industry as companies are being pressured to meet initiatives such as the...
Over the past 5 years, the average server rack density increased from 5kW to 8-10kW, prompting temperature rises in the data center. These temperature increases can become a major issue if not handled properly.
Maintaining the correct temperature is extremely important because nearly 30% of unplanned data center outages are caused by environment issues. Not monitoring and analyzing your environment can have a negative impact on energy and resource efficiency. By implementing an environmental monitoring system, you can closely monitor and maintain temperature, humidity, airflow, and other conditions to improve energy costs and equipment lifespan.
Keeping temperatures stable can be quite expen...
This week, NVIDIA unveiled what they are calling “the world’s most powerful GPU for supercharging AI and HPC workloads,” the H200 Tensor Core GPU.
There is much hype around the H200 as it is the first GPU with HBM3e. The larger and faster memory will further enable generative AI, large language models, and advance scientific computing for HPC workloads.
Read the NVIDIA press release.
Data centers around the world are racing to support the AI boom, and need to know if their existing facilities can accommodate the power-hungry infrastructure.
What Are the Power Requirements for the NVIDIA H200?
According to NVIDIA, the H200 Tensor Core GPU has a maximum Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 700W. Th...
Organizations in Europe are currently facing the challenge of reducing energy consumption and improving sustainability in light of the European Green Deal. The EU Green Deal has been approved by the European Commission which focuses on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to the 1990 levels by 2030. Europe is striving to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
In addition to the EU Green Deal, the Code of Conduct (CoC), the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), and the EN 50600 were also created.
The CoC was generated by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 2008 to encourage data centers to adopt the best practices available to decrease energy consumpt...
With the ever-increasing demand for digital services, organizations face the questions of how will they keep up and where will they store and access their data and applications.
The evolution of hosting options from on-premise infrastructure to colocation, cloud, and hybrid deployments has provided a diverse set of choices for organizations, and it is critical to select the option that best suits your unique needs.
On-Premise Data Centers
An on-premise data center is owned and operated by an organization and located within their own facilities. It can range from one or two servers in a closet to a dedicated server room or multiple data center facilities.
Top 3 Advantages of On-Premise Da...
The process of choosing the right Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software can have a significant impact on your organization’s success or failure.
With a proven track record of helping thousands of customers evaluate their DCIM options, we at Sunbird recognize the importance of making an informed decision.
We understand the unique challenges faced during the selection process, and we are committed to helping you navigate through them.
We have compiled the most common questions we get asked from organizations that are serious about evaluating their prospective DCIM vendors to select the right tool for them. Our goal is to empower you to ask the key questions that will help you f...
AI is booming.
The AI market is projected to grow 37.3% annually from 2023 to 2030.
With so many organizations adopting or considering AI applications, data centers need to be ready to support the new demand.
However, without the right tools and data, it is difficult to understand if your existing facilities have the capacity to support systems like the “gold standard for AI infrastructure,” the NVIDIA DGX H100.
The key considerations for deploying the NVIDIA DGX H100 system include:
Power. The DGX H100 system’s power usage is 10.2 kW maximum. It contains six power supplies with balanced distribution of the power load. The specification for each power supply is 3300 W at 200-240 V, 16A, a...
As data centers become increasingly decentralized, managing them remotely is now a must-have skill. Data center professionals need to maintain uptime, increase efficiency, and boost productivity across all their global sites without leaving their desk.
While this might have once seemed near-impossible, with the right tools and processes, remotely managing your data center can be even better than physically being there. With modern Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software, you can have access to whole range of capabilities that simplify remote data center management.
What Is Driving Remote Data Center Management?
The key trends that are leading to increased remote data center m...
Are data center managers reversing their cloud strategy?
Cloud repatriation is the process of migrating applications, data, and workloads from a public cloud environment to on-premise infrastructure, and it’s becoming a popular data center trend.
According to IDC, 70-80% of companies are repatriating at least some of their data each year.
What is driving cloud repatriation?
There are a variety of reasons why cloud repatriation may be an attractive option:
Cost concerns. Many organizations initially moved to the cloud for its scalability and pay-as-you-go pricing model. Now, as demand increases, the rising cost to run certain workloads no longer justifies the use of cloud services. Cost...
Data centers play a critical role in today's digital economy, and governments around the world are recognizing their importance by offering tax incentives to encourage their development. These tax breaks can significantly reduce the financial burden on data center operators and promote sustainable and efficient operations.
In this blog post, we will outline seven key steps to help you navigate the process of obtaining data center tax breaks. Additionally, we will provide examples of data center tax incentives offered by various countries, highlighting the different approaches taken to support this industry.
7 Key Steps to Getting Data Center Tax Breaks
Follow these basic steps to begin the...