Specsavers is the third-largest supplier of eye care in the world with an annual turnover of more than $2.1 billion in 2006. The company’s Australian and New Zealand manufacturing and retail operations rely on the 24/7 availability of its manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, finance and general office applications as well as its communications network that spans across all its sites.
Testing for traffic is essential when installing or maintaining optical fibre networks to avoid disrupting live communication. The Yamasaki TF916 clamps onto the outside of the fibre so users don’t have to disconnect the optical fibre to test for signals in the core of the fibre.
The virtual enterprise network architecture (VENA) data centre virtualisation architecture from Avaya can improve data centre efficiency, reliability and network uptime (always on); reduce time to service (removing one layer of hardware complexity); and is claimed to have leading scalability and performance in a virtual services platform (VSP9000) with up to 27 Tbps throughput.
The Biannual Emerson Network Power study says the ICT infrastructure pipeline is set to grow and capital expenditure is also on the rise. So the Asian data centre is optimistic for 2011.
The IBM Portable Modular Data Centre (PMDC) is a compact, portable, fully functional and high-density capable data centre ‘in-a-box’. It is designed for users requiring immediate additional computing capacity in remote or temporary locations, such as mining and resource companies.
The Ultrastar solid-state drive (SSD) family are claimed to be the first SAS and FC enterprise-class SSDs and are suitable for those using tiered storage as a method of managing the escalating performance, capacity, endurance and reliability requirements of data centres. The family is available in 100, 200 and 400 GB capacities, featuring both 2.5″ 6 Gbps serial attached SCSI (SAS) and 3.5″ 4 Gbps Fibre Channel interfaces.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center simplifies hardware management in traditional, virtualised and cloud-based data centre environments; and is claimed to reduce hardware management costs by up to 90% through a converged approach to managing Sun hardware environments.
PowerChute Business Edition 9.0 (UPS) is claimed to be the first uninterruptable power supply (UPS) software to provide energy reporting for IT equipment. It provides APC safe system shutdown and UPS management users with energy, cost and CO2 emissions reporting by each individual smart-UPS system.
Power IQ 2.0 energy management software can be used to help conserve energy in data centres. It provides thermal analytics for monitoring rack temperatures based on industry guidelines, enabling users to increase temperature to meet recommendations; alert users if temperature exceeds threshold conditions; and, provide long-term trend charts. It also enables graceful shutdown of under-utilised Windows and Linux servers.
The Just Right IT portfolio includes a server and storage and networking products designed for small and medium-sized businesses.
Bankwest has signed up to be the first customer in Fujitsu's Perth advanced data centre.
The Box Hill TAFE in Victoria, through its entrepreneurial relationships with leading vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft, Apple and APC, provides students with the opportunity to study at specialised academies within the TAFE. Chris Tayler*, the acting CIO, has the responsibility of ensuring the 24/7 operation is accessible for students across three metropolitan campuses plus many more international sites such as Fiji, Samoa and Kuwait.
Data centres need a constant environment to operate efficiently. The right room design and the air-conditioning equipment will go a long way towards achieving this. There are also a number of best practices that can be applied in any data centre that will help to keep the equipment cool this summer. Eight of these practices are included in this article.
Macquarie Telecom is to invest $60 million in a new data centre at North Ryde.
It doesn’t depend on size or location, but wherever a data centre is you can be sure one of the main concerns of the operators is that they have enough power to keep servicing their clients. With data centres consuming around 2% of all power in the US and similar amounts in other countries, the race is on to guarantee sufficient power, reports Merri Mack.