The first step in the White Paper describes an IT rack, which is the basis of every data centre: a standardised 19” cabinet that can act as a server or network cabinet, depending on whether it is used to store servers or switches. The power supply components are described in Step 2.
Measuring data relating to temperatures and humidity is recorded by a monitoring system, as described in Step 4. This system transmits the data to the data centre Infrastructure Management Software (DCIM), which triggers an alarm if necessary.
In steps 5 to 10, the White Paper compares the logical network architectures and topology concepts for the standards. Both Rittal and R&M expect this to help improve communication between manufacturers, planners, and practitioners. The key task is the translation of the logical topologies into a structured cabling infrastructure in accordance with TIA-942-A or EN 50600-2-4.
The trends towards virtualization and cloud computing show that not only are numerous new systems being built, but existing systems are being retrofitted quickly too. Rittal and R&M are both concerned about the operative success of the data centres in this current dynamic period of upheaval.
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