What Is a High Power Density Data Center? Why Does It Matter?
What exactly is High-Density Colocation? Why is it important to consider power density capabilities in a data center/colocation now and as your business grows? What should you look for in a colocation facility from a power density perspective? These are just a few of the questions, we will be helping provide insight on as you consider your options. In the end, it is all about helping you to pick the right colocation partner with flexible infrastructure and flexible service.
What exactly is High-Density Colocation?
High-Density Colocation is a hosted IT solution offered that allows consumers, businesses and communities to enjoy the benefits of standard colocation – but with the added advantage of increased available power in the same footprint. More power, more processing, smaller footprint – when combined with the right connectivity this results in better value to the customer and a lower total cost of ownership. While this may seem like technology only available to large end users, in fact, small and mid-sized businesses can now also easily access these premium services. Within this article, we break down how easy it actually will be as you scale your business.
A facility’s Power Density is determined by the amount of critical power it can deliver and cool. In this respect, not all facilities are created equally. While a building may have abundant available utility power, or even UPS power and generators, without the proper cooling infrastructure, it can’t support high-density power racks. Moreover, even with investment, due to floor weight loading limits, ceiling heights, and physical space constraints, many facilities can not practically be upgraded, so it’s important to consider this as you move into a data center facility for what you hope will be many years.
Why Does High-Density Matter?
The idea is simple: a single cabinet or rack only has so much space, and that space is expensive, however, servers don’t run on space, they run on power, and that power needs cooling. As a customer, if you can pack more processing into the same square footage and effectively cool it, it will always be more efficient, however, historically, rack densities have not accelerated for this reason alone. Why then are we seeing increasing power densities now, and why is it important for all businesses to consider? Quite simply, it’s the applications.
With increasing products and services utilizing high-performance computing (HPC) or parallel computing technology at their core, the sheer amount of data and requisite processing cannot be effectively performed with legacy equipment. These applications touch on many of the current trends, including big data, AI, edge processing, the blockchain, and more…. If your organization is planning forays into any of these areas, selecting a high-density data center now is important. That said, even if you aren’t considering that level of service today, it is still wise to select a facility that can be flexible enough to deliver that in the future. Finally, being in a high-density colocation means that even if you aren’t running heavy compute applications, your neighbors are and their services are just a cross connect away.
Industrywide rack power density is on the rise. With increasing applications requiring high-performance facilities that can support high-performance computers, the time to consider your colocation is now. Selecting a data center that can evolve as your computing needs change can avoid the pain and cost of multiple migrations. Your servers’ next home should be their home for years to come, and considering power densities now can help ensure that. At New Continuum we offer conventional 4 kW rack densities with the capability of increasing rack densities well over 20 kW. We can flex with you as your needs evolve, and support your growth for years to come.