IT Infrastructure News | September 2012

Energy efficient data centres, the risks of low-cost fibre optics, the obligatory Olympic story and Lego as the datacentre design tool of the future?! These are just a few of the cabling, network and datacentre stories which have caught our eye over the summer. Remember to follow us on @excel_it for regular updates and news.

New data centre design boasts ‘world’s most efficient cooling system’

A new data centre claiming to employ “the world’s most efficient cooling system” is aiming to turn the traditionally unbearable “hot aisle” between server racks into a rather pleasant air-conditioned hallway – while using significantly less energy.

Dubbed eOpti-Trax, the system is reported to reduce energy usage through air circulation in the server aisles. Rather than the traditional method of data centre cooling, based around under-floor air distribution systems pushing cold air up and into the server racks, the eOpti-Trax cooling system works from the inside out, with the heat from the rear of the servers being absorbed in a 1.25-inch cooling coil lining the inside of the rear walls of the server racks.

The companies involved claim that tests have shown air can be cooled from 160 degrees Fahrenheit inside the server rack to 75 degrees in the hot aisle.

Source: PC Advisor:

Siemon Labs’ testing highlights performance risks of low-cost generic fibre optic assemblies

Siemon, has released the results of comprehensive benchmark testing on optical fibre assemblies and warns of significant risks in specifying low-cost generic fibre jumpers over well-known, quality global brands.

Performed by Siemon Labs, these tests included randomly selected fibre jumpers from five well-known global brands, including Siemon, as well as jumpers from four low-cost generic assembly houses.

The results clearly showed a significant performance gap between the global brands and the generic products, with a significant number of generic assemblies failing to meet minimum standards requirements across a range of performance-critical parameters.

Source: Seimon

Olympic media centre to become a datacentre

IT company iCity has been selected as preferred bidder to turn the Olympics media centre into a datacentre.

The company had been tipped to win the bid to transform the £350m Olympics media centre into a datacentre after the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Under the bid it will host a datacentre, media studios, university facilities, a digital academy and a new business incubator. ICity claims a total of 6,600 jobs will be indirectly created as a result of the deal.

The 31,000m2 building already has 1,300 internet ports and 600km of fibre optic and copper cabling. ICity said it will double the government’s existing infrastructure investment.

Source: Computer Weekly

Design tool of the future?!

There are many different ways to illustrate your latest developments in database design – but our favourite for quite some time came from Office 365 when they used lego to show off their cloud database designs at Microsoft’s TecEd event in Orlando.

Their Lego diorama featured a hydroelectric dam filled on side of the model, with a city in the other, and a cross-section of a cloud datacentre down one side. Well worth a look.

Source: ZDNet