Key Trends & Challenges in the Global IT market

By Clive Partridge, Rittal’s Product Manager IT Infrastructure

Introduction
The growth of artificial intelligence and analytics, digital twin, block-chain and edge are just a few trends that characterise the rapid developments within the IT technology.
All of them will have a major impact on the network and the data centre market.

Alongside comprehensive digitization, these technologies are now transforming every industry sector as well as our homes, so actually they criss-cross our whole society. As a result, they are driving the development of the next generation of data centre technology. Large data centres will continue to be dominant, but we expecting edge data centres to grow in number to deal with the flood of data created by these technologies.

The future of cloud, edge and 5G technologies
The IoT and IIoT are going to change the IT landscape dramatically. By 2020, it’s expected that up to 43 billion devices will be connected to the IoT (Statista). That amount of data cannot be handled by hyperscale/cloud data centres, which is why we’re expecting a significant growth in the number of edge data centres to cope with the volume of data, and to respond and react with very short latency.

5G will be the second major game changer. The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has forecasted that there will be 1.2 billion 5G connections by 2025.

It will have a major impact on private and industrial applications. 5G will be the core technology for autonomous driving cars, VR controlled robots and machines, as well as many other new emerging technologies. It’s this combination of extra bandwidth and performance (5G), plus the growth of edge data centres, which will be the foundation of digitization and new services.

It is important to note, by the way, that edge data centres are always associated with a corresponding cloud; edge and cloud are interrelated technologies.

Regional IT infrastructure assets
The greatest potential for the growth of IT infrastructure assets is likely to be in the North American, European and Asian region – in particular in China. In addition to the traditional hyperscale data centres, OCP technology will continue to grow in importance.

In Europe, with the advancement of IIoT technology as part of Industry 4.0, the edge data centre segment should see above-average growth.

Next Steps for Rittal
Rittal has already established itself in the hyperscale/colocation market, and has many well-known IT companies within its customer base. The Lefdal Mine Datacentre has shown how we can apply our experience to large-scale data centres.

Going forward, the focus will increasingly be on edge data centres in order to position Rittal as a driving force within this segment and it is one where we will continue to contribute our know-how and expertise in order to provide cross-industry solutions.

Further information at www.rittal.co.uk and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

Rittal at the Big Data Scotland Event #scotdata #bigdata

Rittal are at this years Big Data Scotland. an event dedicated to looking at the issues currently faced by the industry.

The volume of data being produced is almost unfathomable: by the end of 2013 global data storage was estimated to have reached 1,200 Exabytes. More extraordinary than the total culmination is the exponential rate of growth, with the amount of data produced in 2014 predicted to equal the total quantity produced in each preceding year combined.

In many respects the volume of information captured presents a challenge, as data sets can grow so large and complex that processing them and gaining any meaningful benefit becomes difficult. Ultimately the data only offers value when it can be harnessed effectively and used to generate relevant and actionable intelligence.  Only when this is done will the real benefits be achieved.

In spite of the challenges, Big Data undoubtedly presents an enormous opportunity. When utilised effectively Big Data has the potential to revolutionise the way an organisation operates; improving efficiency, enhancing insight, tailoring customer contact and directing the evolution of business operations to reflect requirement.

Hosted by Scot-Tech Engagement with support from DataLab, Big Noodle, MBN Solutions & ScotlandIS, the event will be comprised of industry keynotes, technical breakout sessions and open discussion. The conference will also feature an expo floor, allowing delegates to ‘kick the tyres’ of the leading solutions on offer, and discuss how they can be effectively applied to their particular situation and requirements.

This unique and timely event is designed specifically for business leaders and IT professionals.

This unique and timely event is designed specifically for business leaders and IT professionals. The conference is free to attend but spaces are limited.

Building your Data Centre on a firm foundation

An efficient IT infrastructure is now at the core of every modern business but underneath the tiers of applications and operating systems, a robust and reliable platform is essential.

Rittal’s TS IT Racks provides optimum stability and maximum space utilisation due to the welded frame construction. A depth of 1200mm allows for any additional space that may be required for the next generation of servers. Innovately designed verticals provide a static load rating of 1500kg to incorporate any increase in server weight.

Featuring Rittal’s latest door design, the new TS IT Racks has an even greater air flow with an 85% open area to provide cool air to the housed servers. An intelligent design also ensures maximum air flow with no loss of strength. Adaptable verticals allow infinite mounting positions and the tool less 19” mounts limit the time engineers are on site. Dual side panels are split making it easier to move 1200 and 1000mm deep panels. Side panels can be easily locked into place providing complete security. Security is also provided by a standard four point locking system.

Barry Maidment, Rittal IT Product Manager commented “The TS IT satisfies demands of the future, not just demands of today. Modern businesses depend on the IT infrastructure to deliver them a competitive edge, the TS IT has, for many years, been a market leader due to its’ flexibility, reliability and exceptional design. The humble rack may be the most technical item in the data centre construction but has to be the most adaptable. With a fast moving technical market the TS IT must be able to cater for multiple technologies, ie network cabling, switches, servers, power and cooling systems.“

Read more at – http://www.rittal.com/uk-en/content/en/unternehmen/presse/pressemeldungen/pressemeldung_detail_32448.jsp

 

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Business Growth Through IT

White Paper from IDC and Rittal: Data Centres Are Increasingly Becoming a Competitive Factor

In a recent White Paper sponsored by Rittal, provider of IT infrastructure solutions, international market research company IDC examined the influence that data centres have on the economic success of small and medium-sized businesses. The results show that IT infrastructure and especially having one’s own data centre are perceived as essential in permanently securing competitiveness and expansion. The White Paper also shows that companies want to take advantage of new technologies such as cloud, Big Data and mobile computing in order to develop new revenue opportunities. The results are based on an IDC survey of around 500 managers and IT heads in medium-sized companies in Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and Italy.

The most important findings at a glance:

Direct correlation between IT spending and revenue growth

If a company was commercially successful last year, this has a direct impact on the IT budget. As many as 98% of organizations with increasing sales reported that they would enlarge their investment in IT, or at least keep it at the same level. Furthermore, the survey showed that economically successful companies invest an average 20% more in their IT than businesses with flat sales figures.

Having one’s own data centre is the key to success

No fewer than 93% of the IT managers questioned found it important or very important for a company to have its own data centre. Of those companies surveyed that registered a growth in sales last year, 97% operated their own data centre.

Energy efficiency offers the potential to cut costs

Companies have some catching up to do, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency: 57% of respondents report PUE (power usage effectiveness) values exceeding 2.0. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed by the IT equipment, roughly the same amount again is consumed by cooling and further building and plant technology. The PUE represents the energy consumed in the data centre in relation to the energy consumption of the computer: The closer the PUE value gets to one, the more efficient the data centre is. In industrial applications, a PUE value of 1.4 is regarded as excellent while large IT service provider with optimized systems reach values of 1.2 or less.

The data centre is too cold

The IT managers surveyed indicated that they operate their data centres at an average of temperature of 15.5°C. According to IDC, there are enormous savings potentials in this area. Instead of cooling entire rooms, it is more efficient to work with direct cooling within the rack or in the individual aisles. As a result, a higher overall temperature is allowed in the room, reducing the costs of cooling.

Greater reliability needed

Existing redundancy concepts are often out-of-date and not sufficiently reliable to ensure the high level of availability that customers expect in today’s competitive market environment. 24% percent of the IT administrators questioned cited redundant infrastructure as the key area in need of modernising. Overall, only 46% of IT experts assess the viability of their own IT as very high. Nevertheless, the majority (79%) of IT decision-makers believe that none of the demands is insurmountable.

Investment backlog in the data centre

The participants surveyed reported that their data centres were an average of 6.9 years old. With this age it is already difficult to use modern IT equipment as they have a higher energy density and must be highly available. For example, the energy efficiency of IT components and the cooling concepts for racks and server rooms have evolved considerably in recent years. This creates demand for IT modernisation.

New technologies are changing IT strategy

IT systems need to evolve continuously so that a company’s own data centre will also be able to meet such business needs as greater agility and cost efficiency in future. Six out of ten companies would like to meet the new market requirements with public or hybrid cloud capacity, but they shy away from the risks. This means, for example, a greater focus on in-house data centres, which are operated by the company itself and offer private cloud solutions. More than 75% of managers expect a modified IT strategy, either due to mobile computing or as a result of Big Data.

This research has shown that IT is an important factor in achieving business goals. This means that many companies are willing to invest in technologies such as cloud, Big Data, or mobile computing. The key to success is having one’s own data centre, as aspects such as reliability and availability have a high priority”, says Dirk Miller, Rittal’s Executive Vice President, Marketing.

“IT infrastructures need to be renewed to keep pace with the market. The question is whether to modernise or to rebuild”, explains Bernd Hanstein, Vice President Product Management IT at Rittal. “We see a great deal of potential in efficient, adaptive cooling concepts. Then IT managers can fully exploit the advantages of greater flexibility and reductions in ancillary costs.”

Modular data centres increase agility

The concept of a modular data centre helps companies achieve greater agility and scalability. This permits shorter product life cycles, as well as the more rapid commissioning of new systems or implementation of new regulations. Even if these concepts are still relatively new on the market, awareness of them is growing. According to IDC, this market segment has recorded double-digit growth in recent years. In EMEA, investments worth hundreds of millions amounts have been made.

“Modular data centres are a rational way of meeting current business challenges. The preconfigured modules or containers tend to be more cost effective than newly built conventional data centres, and they can be set up within a few weeks”, explains Chris Ingle, Vice President, IDC.

The study is available at http://www.rittal.com/idc-whitepaper

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Rittal’s RiMatrix S Data Centre roadshow

Packed into a shipping container on the back of an articulated lorry, Rittal’s RiMatrix S will again be at DatacenterDynamics Converged London 2014.
Alternatively, take the opportunity to come and see this innovation first hand at your nearest Rittal location where experts will be on hand to answer any questions.
Enfield – Unit 10, The Arena, 1004 Mollison Avenue, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 7NJ.
21 November between 0900 – 1700.

Rotherham – Braithwell Way, Hellaby Ind Est, Hellaby, Rotherham S66 8QY.
24 & 25 November between 0900 – 1700.

Aberdeen – Premier Inn, North Anderson Drive, Aberdeen, AB15 6DW.
27 November between 1000 – 1700.
28 November between 1000 – 1300.
RiMatrix S is perfectly tailored to the requirements of the small to medium sized enterprises that require short delivery times and a system that can be easily be adapted to their own infrastructure. Key to the immediate delivery is Rittal’s ability to produce mass standardised data centre modules which include fully functional network racks, climate control and power distribution as well as back up, monitoring and DCIM (Data Centre Infrastructure Management).
Rittal’s RiMatrix S opens up a new perspective for the IT World and is the revolutionary alternative to individual Data Centres. Please visit http://www.rittal.co.uk to find out more.

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Rittal’s new operating housings

Rittal’s new operating housings based on AE with handle strips, unveiled at this year’s Hanover Fair, have been noted for their attractive eye-catching design, based on the support arm system system CP 60/120/180.

Supplied as standard, the new operating housings with handle strips benefit from a standardised design and operation and replace the existing range of sheet steel operating housings.

Encompassing many new and enhanced features, such as rear or front access for servicing, an aluminium front panel easily dismantled for machining, lock with integral door runners for easy locking and uniform interior installation via Rittal system accessories.

Available in 10 standard sizes, ex-stock, with protection category IP55, Rittal’s new housings are elegantly fabricated, with high functionality which will stand out thanks to the modern, attractive design, one-man assembly and support arm connection.

Read more at http://www.rittal.com/uk-en/content/en/unternehmen/presse/pressemeldungen/pressemeldung_detail_31872.jsp

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Rittal’s Support Arm System now with automatic potential equalisation

Rittal is the first manufacturer to ensure automatic potential equalisation as a standard with its new CP 60/120/180 support arm system, without any extra work and additional costs to users.

Where previously the focus has been on the mechanical structure of support arm systems, cable installations within support arm systems often had no passive internal safety devices, such as edge protection elements, to prevent chafed cables. Active protective measures were also absent, such as automatic potential equalisation throughout all the elements of a support arm system to protect the operator from live electrical voltage in the event of a defective cable.
With Rittal’s new CP 60/120/180 support arm system all the rotating elements have so-called sliding contacts to ensure a reliable electrical contact throughout the entire system. Clever edge protection elements made of plastic, which can simply be clipped onto the inner section between extrusions and corner pieces prevent cables from becoming pinched or chafed.

As an integrated modular system, Rittal’s CP 60/120/180 support arm system offers plant constructors uniform function, assembly and engineering solutions in one design, and meets all the load ranges up to 180 kg demanded by the market. It also offers major time savings during assembly, adjustment, and service.

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Rittal’s RiDiag II Software

 

Rittal’s TopTherm Blue e cooling units provide an energy efficient means of cooling enclosures. Incorporating the integrated eComfort controller and offering energy savings of up to 45%, the units are compatible with Rittal’s RiDiag II software.


RiDiag II is a setup, diagnostic and data acquisition tool that can be used to view and adjust settings, log equipment data and track performance in real-time. All cooling parameters, such as the enclosure internal temperature setpoint, switching hysteresis, high temperature alarm offset and sensitivity of the filter mat monitoring, can be modified and saved. The results of diagnostic checks may also be stored.


With connection to a PC or laptop the following data can be retrieved from the cooling unit: Time and frequency of any error messages generated, maximum environmental and minimum internal enclosure temperatures recorded and the duty cycle and cooling unit utilisation.


Whether an end user or installer, RiDiag II can be of benefit. It significantly reduces the amount of time taken to set up multiple units with the same parameters, ensures the correct settings are input and creates a backup file of the application specific settings. Saved diagnostic checks document the operating history of a cooling unit and data collected from a cooling unit may be used to identify any faults or incorrect installation.
 

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