Intelligent CIO North America Issue 15 - Page 19

LATEST INTELLIGENCE

THE KNOW-HOW YOU NEED TO POWER THE MOST CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS

eEXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As data centers address more expansive and unique challenges , so too must their power distribution equipment meet those performance needs . Server cabinets and racks , even individual server units , need to be designed for maximum adaptability to the everchanging power consumption requirements of their unique and demanding environments .
Whether dedicated to supercomputing or artificial intelligence , data centers are by their very nature unique in form factor and physical architecture .
Sometimes they ’ ll fit into an existing building on campus , with a retrofit of new infrastructure to support the additional demands placed on the power and cooling systems of the facility . Other times they ’ re installed in an entirely new facility designed expressly for housing the machinery . In both instances , administrators must find custom solutions for delivering power , cooling , networking , and so forth .
On the other hand , edge computing is designed to put applications and data closer to devices – and their users . But it brings a different set of challenges than the massive data centers used in supercomputing and AI applications .
Space is a significant one in many cases ; smaller enclosures mean even less space for the power distribution equipment . Because edge computing takes place remotely , you need to validate remote connectivity and possibly remediate any issues . p
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