In the next decade, digital transformation, including the rise of 5G, will take place mainly at the edge of the network
Shrinking white-spaces, integration hassles, modular upgrades are all driving forces towards designing smaller, compact, all-in-one data centre infrastructure solutions. Most customers today are enamored with the fact that every aspect of a solution must be accessible from a single point, be it the physical location or via remote monitoring. The digital transformation we will see in the next decade, including the rise of 5G, will take place mainly at the edge of the network. With the edge being pivotal in shaping the future of IT applications, it is of utmost importance to ensure the IT infrastructures at the edge are adaptive, efficient and scalable.
To create and maintain strong edge computing, solid IT infrastructure needs to be rapidly deployed in remote locations as efficiently as possible. Anticipating this trend with sustainability, today’s need of the hour is designing integrated solutions with built in flexible designs based on modular configurations. With this in perspective, many edge sites need a normalized design approach yet harmonized systems for their data centre infrastructures to allow for easier design, implementation, management, and replication. Whilst, acknowledging the fact that the edge network is one of the fastest growing infrastructures in data centers, it becomes imperative that the infrastructure supporting these applications has to be reliable, efficient and easily managed. Over the recent past, the edge is one of the key focus areas in almost every business vertical but has major limitations of the floor space availability for IT infrastructures. Businesses focus more on utilization of floor space for revenue generating infrastructures which thereby causes a significant reduction in the available floor space for IT infrastructures.
How does Vertiv enable flexibility and faster deployment through integration?
Vertiv recently released the Trends 2022 that specifically highlights one of the major trends being Drive Toward Integration. For years, many data center equipment providers have been embracing integrated systems that allow for modular capacity additions, with integrated cabinets and rows among today’s most popular data center offerings. Now, this could bring in a bouquet of benefits to customers with the prominent ones being seamless integration of systems, much lesser real-estate costs, single console operation and a single-vendor managed system. Most of these benefits in fact would significantly reduce the hassles of maintenance, serviceability due to highly reliable and efficient solutions in a pre-designed amalgamation. Vertiv has indeed set a higher standard with its Integrated solutions portfolio in the last few years with a lot of focus on technology, innovation and customer-centric approaches.
Understanding integration in data centers:
In 2022, one of the key focus areas in integration is data centers working with providers to better integrate larger systems – all components of the power infrastructure, for example – and deliver seamless interoperability. In the post-pandemic data centers infrastructure, one of the major key focus aspects will be remotely monitoring networking devices and the ease of remote manageability. These could eventually be the keys to enable higher uptime of the IT network for critical infrastructures at the edge. The remote monitoring aspect facilitates a single console visibility of multiple data center infrastructures over wider geographic locations. One major advantage of this could be monitoring of unmanned facilities at edge sites which are remotely located thereby optimizing manpower requirements at these sites.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]“The future is being together and that’s integration at a whole new level in data center infrastructures”[/box]
[author title=”” image=”http://”]Santosh Kulkarni is currently Country Manager – Data Centre Business for Vertiv in India. He spearheads the Data Centre business with Smart Solutions offering in India and Adjacent Countries. He is part of Vertiv, erstwhile Emerson Network Power, for the past 18 years. He is currently responsible for developing and executing strategic sales plans for ITEI. Before this, Santosh was part of Channel and Vertical Business team at Emerson. As a Key Account Manager he was part of team that won largest Data Centre Project built for ICICI Bank in India. Santosh is a mechanical engineer and has done MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai. [/author]