Capacity Planning

Recent posts

  • data-center-staffing-shortage-will-worsen-but-heres-how-you-can-overcome-it -

    Data Center Staffing Shortage Will Worsen, But Here’s How You Can Overcome It

    RJ Tee
    March 09, 2021

    Surging demand for data center capacity has forced more data centers to be built, creating a shortage of data center staff. This blog recaps a new study describing how to alleviate the shortage.

  • whats-driving-bandwidth-demand-and-why-should-you-care -

    What’s Driving Bandwidth Demand and Why Should You Care?

    Josh Schaap
    February 02, 2016

    Bandwidth is the hottest commodity of the new year and will likely continue as such for the long haul. After all, both enterprise and consumer appetites will only become more insatiable as technology continues to require more support from the Internet. For example, enterprises are increasingly using the public cloud to run applications and store data due to its cost efficiency and simplicity. However, the more enterprises that utilize the cloud, the more bandwidth that is required to support their needs. Additionally, a surge in mobile video consumption is also impacting bandwidth requirements. This particular driver of bandwidth demand will likely multiply over the years as consumers continue to watch videos on social media, stream movies and use video chatting applications such as Skype or FaceTime.

    • Categories:

  • whack-those-moles-key-components-to-capacity-planning -

    Whack Those Moles: Key Components to Capacity Planning

    RJ Tee
    March 22, 2016

    In the arcade game Whack-a-Mole, the object is to smash multiple mechanical rodents with a large felt mallet as they pop up from their holes. Simple enough, right? That is, until the game progresses and the moles start popping up with alarming frequency, requiring you to exercise cat-like reflexes just to keep up. Similarly, being a data center operator takes constant vigilance in order to avoid unscheduled downtime, obsolescence and other operational moles from popping up.

    • Categories:

  • tis-the-season-for-good-deeds -

    'Tis the season for good deeds

    Josh Schaap
    November 29, 2015

    Doing a good deed makes us feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. But, there are more impactful, large-scale reasons why many data centers are transforming to become the do-gooders of the world. More specifically, right along with capacity planning, complying with industry regulations and power monitoring, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is now among organizations’ top data center initiatives.

    • Categories:

  • three-data-center-power-resolutions-to-follow-through-with-in-2016 -

    Three Data Center Power Resolutions to Follow Through With In 2016

    Josh Schaap
    December 30, 2015

    There’s no shame in admitting you’re one of those resolution quitters, who will be reaching for a bag of Reese’s come February 1. All too often, we strive to reach our goals by the end of January only to fall back into our old ways by the start of February. This practice is forgivable in our personal lives, but when you’re a network administrator who has enterprise connectivity and environmental sustainability to consider, reaching your New Year’s goals is critical to your data center’s efficiency.

    • Categories:

  • question-of-the-month-how-can-i-ensure-uptime-in-my-unpredictable-data-center -

    Question of the Month: How Can I Ensure Uptime in My Unpredictable Data Center?

    Josh Schaap
    January 28, 2015

    Recently, a lot of customers have been asking us here at Server Technology about maximizing uptime. Customers want to know: With the multitude of power-related challenges facing data centers today, like unplanned outages; increasing security threats; new, relatively untested technologies such as SDN; and the ongoing threat of natural disasters, is striving for constant uptime a realistic goal or a pipe dream? Many feel that they are fighting a losing battle against this slew of challenges.

  • no-room-for-errors-when-planning-for-data-center-power-capacity -

    No Room for Errors When Planning for Data Center Power Capacity

    RJ Tee
    February 10, 2017

    As a data center administrator, one of the most important parts of your job — besides maintaining uptime and staying under budget — involves monitoring and managing your department’s resources. It’s your responsibility to make sure that your data center is fully capable of meeting the current and future needs of your enterprise and its changing customer base. Of course, capacity planning is a broad topic that extends throughout all areas of the data center. It’s important to stay on top of resources like cooling, available rack and floor space, lighting and more. But all of these resources have one underlying commonality: They need electricity to function. So data center power usage should be a top resource to monitor.

    • Categories:

  • mo-money-mo-data-center-power-problems -

    Mo Money Mo Data Center Power Problems

    Josh Schaap
    January 13, 2016

    Analysts forecast that the data center construction market is set to grow at a CAGR of 4.18 percent over the period 2014-2019, in the US alone. The reason for the rapid development of data centers in the enterprise’s growing need for dedicated IT environments as they move much of their mission-critical applications and data to the cloud.

    • Categories:

  • in-the-spotlight-server-technologys-pro2-platform -

    In The Spotlight: Server Technology’s PRO2 Platform

    RJ Tee
    June 21, 2016

    If you haven’t met PRO2 yet, it’s time for an introduction. As Server Technology’s newest platform for CDU products, PRO2 is designed with real world power situations in mind, meeting a whole host of power needs for a new generation of data centers.

    • Categories:

  • four-capacity-planning-factors-in-a-new-build -

    Four Capacity Planning Factors In A New Build

    Josh Schaap
    May 11, 2016

    Pardon the pun, but the origin of the phrase, “getting your ducks in a row,” is a little, well, fuzzy. It’s not clear whether the term comes from hunting, sports, or - most likely - the practice of mother ducks encouraging their babies to line up in a row before heading to the pond. Either way, having one’s proverbial ducks in a row is nearly always a good idea before undertaking a sizable project. Take, for example, capacity planning in a new build. That’s one situation where you don’t want to jump in headfirst without a solid plan.

    • Categories: