Data Center Infrastructure Solutions

Data centers are the heart of most IT operations and are crucial to an organizations operation. Power, cooling and management of the data center environment are integral aspects contributing to the health of the data center. Many data centers, especially the ones built before 2001, are at risk of outstripping their capacity to power and cool their IT systems. On average, data centers consume 10 to 30 times more energy per square foot than the typical office building—a figure that has doubled in the last five years.

A-TRAC offers focused expertise to help our clients assess, design and implement the most effective power, cooling and management systems for your data center. Additionally, we offer RFID applications for data tape tracking and IT asset inventory in the data center.



Power

Power is a critical and complex resource related to data centers. Energy costs represent the single largest component of operating expenses for a data center, and are a potential barrier to future expansion. A-TRAC understands the challenges and complexities related to powering a data center. We help our clients design and deploy power solutions to answer these common questions resulting in cost savings and improved efficiencies:

  • How can we reduce energy costs and carbon footprint while meeting business objectives?
  • How much power and cooling capacity is remaining in the data center, given the virtualization and expansion plans we are undertaking?
  • Can I free stranded power and cooling capacity to forestall the need to build a new data center?
  • How energy-efficient is our data center, compared to industry standards? What modifications will bring us the best return on investment?

A-TRAC offers a wide variety of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and battery backup systems, as well as, surge suppressors and power adapters to suit all your power supply needs.

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Cooling

Cooling solutions keep the data center environment stabilized. This infrastructure is critical in supporting the intensified loads of processor-intensive applications that support business and day-to-day life. Implementing the right cooling system to support your data center needs is essential from a productivity and financial standpoint because cooling solutions can represent up to 42% of a data center’s energy usage. A-TRAC can help you design and deploy a scalable and high efficient cooling solution to satisfy your current and future data center needs. We sell a variety of cooling solutions that utilize “green” technology to help you gain resource efficiencies while retaining reliable thermal management.

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Management

Data center management tools enabling centralize monitoring, management and intelligent capacity planning of your data center’s critical systems. A-TRAC offers a variety of data center management tools to fit any size data center environment.

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RFID Data Center Applications

Keeping track of data tape libraries and IT asset inventory are critical and challenging tasks for many IT teams. Data tape libraries range in size and often have challenging access points. Data center assets move between racks and data centers. New assets are also routinely installed and old equipment decommissioned in the data center environment on a regular basis. Finding a robust, efficient and cost effective means to track tape libraries and inventory is essential. A-TRAC offers RFID applications for data tape tracking and IT asset inventory management within the data center.

RFID Based Data Tape Tracking
Historically, most data tape managers use the bar code based Volser tape label standard to help identify and manage their tape libraries. This method provides reliable read technology, however, bar codes have drawbacks when used as a data collection tool on data tapes:

  • Slow read rates
  • Reduced shipping/storage security
  • Difficulty locating lost or misplaced tapes
  • Difficulty tracking tape movement between data centers and off-site storage

By leveraging the advancements made to Volser labels with UHF (Ultra High Frequency) Gen 2 technology, RFID scanners can be used to read labels at long distances that are not possible using a bar code based solution.

  • RFID scanner can “see” up to 20 cartridges inside a closed, locked plastic transport container
  • Tapes can be prepared for off-site storage in a fraction of the time previously required
  • Complete, partial or ad hoc tape audits can be quickly performed
  • Misplaced tapes can be quickly located
  • Every cartridge efficiently tracked
  • Automatic tape reads can be performed as tapes enter or exit a facility, alerts of unauthorized tape movement generated and “real-time” human intervention initiated

RFID enabled tape labels are available in standard tape formats and can be affixed to new tapes as they are purchased or retrofitted into existing tape libraries.

RFID Based IT Asset Tracking
Traditionally, IT assets are tagged and inventoried using a combination of bar code and manual audit techniques. These techniques are very slow and inaccurate for tracking asset movements between racks and data center locations, as well as, factoring in new IT assets and decommissioned equipment within the data center environment. Full end-to-end audits are infrequently accomplished and are not accurate upon completion using bar code and manual techniques. Knowing where critical data center assets are located and tracing their movement is critical.

Metal mount RFID tags are an alternative approach to traditional bar code and manual techniques for data center asset tracking. These tags use UHF standard (EPC global Class 1 Gen 2) technology. Highly sensitive fixed RFID reader/antennas are used to read the RFID asset tags. This technique is approximately ten times faster at taking an inventory count than bar code scanning or any manual method. The advantages of using RFID for inventory control include:

  • Less personnel are required to take inventory
  • Accuracy is improved
  • Ad hoc audits are easy to conduct
  • Results are timely
  • Misplaced devices can be located
  • Exceptions (i.e., missing or unexpected items) noted during an audit can be resolved in real time
  • Reduction of unauthorized movement of assets in or out of the data center

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