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什么涵盖了?

•新挑战,新选择
• Finding Balance
• Innovation Through Design
• Customization at Scale
• A Shift in Mentality

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多年来,达ta centers have relied on off-the-shelf mechanical solutions to keep costs low and scalability options obtainable. Standardized hardware is no longer suited to the specific demands new data centers now face.

Innovation is a must.

As 5G begins to roll out across the U.S., it will bring a massive increase in data production, data storage needs, and energy demands. Carbon-neutral goals will push data centers to explore new solar, hydro, wind, and geothermal technologies.

And while hyperscalers with large nodes in Chicago, the upper Northeast, Phoenix, and the Carolinas look for the right mix of custom and stock hardware to handle these anticipated increases, they’re also placing a renewed focus on secondary markets like Minneapolis, Reno, and Denver. Fiber optic expansion will be the backbone of these new data centers, where edge computing brings its own unique factors and field requirements.

Customization at Scale requires more focus on design, engineering, and innovation with less attention to standardization.

Data centers, both large and small, must begin to adapt their facilities and technology to keep up with these dynamic needs.

Although there’s no perfect formula for adaptation, custom mechanical solutions that are collaboratively engineered, manufactured, and assembled provide the flexibility and scalability needed to adapt and grow.

New Challenges, New Choices

It’s estimated that1.7 MB数据was created every second by every person on the planet in 2020 (approximately 1 gigabyte every 10 minutes).

专家说,这些数字将继续增长,预测人类将generate 463 exabytesof data each day by 2025.

从角度看:如果一个千兆字节由地球的大小表示,an exabyte is the size of the sun(见图1)。

Now, imagine 463 suns worth of data being created each day.

数据中心如何计划这种增长?

Aside from expanding existing hyperscale data centers, new data districts are being built in secondary markets while fiber networks are continuing to be built out. The ability to generate on-site renewable power is also becoming a necessity.

公司正在认识到其全球责任(并收获经济激励措施)为现场发电而采用可再生能源。随着对5G和IoT的依赖增加,存储对于长期成功至关重要。此外,预计要存储的数据量将增长到8.9 Zettabytes到2024年.

有趣的是,近年来,全球数据中心的能源使用量已经平稳,2018年的平均水平只有205个TERAWATT-THATS(TWH)(TWH)大约1%的全球用电)。尽管许多因素正在起作用,但行业的结构转变是关键。纤维和可再生能源公司将需要通过创新来跟上数据中心基础架构 - 还依靠定制的机械解决方案来安装其安装。

Finding Balance

Data center infrastructure is changing dramatically among hyperscale players and the market is determining how they pursue those changes.

Compute platforms that are 100% custom will need more standardization. Others that have been designed with fully standardized mechanical solutions will need to move toward customization.

Right now, neither approach is perfect. But data centers are looking for that perfect balance. And more importantly, they’re designing solutions to get the mix right.

Companies are also looking for ways to shrink current computing power into much smaller nodes that can be placed closer to sources where data is being created to reduce latency issues. Because electric vehicles and IoT devices need to disseminate so much information from the edge to data centers, custom enclosures will be required.

Many data centers — especially in secondary markets — have started creating an on-prem/off-prem public-private cloud combination that places customized racks in an office building with connectivity back to their cloud. Seen as a new version of edge cloud, it’s a method that’s growing in popularity and driving the adoption of customized solutions.

In short, customization at scale will be the new standard.

通过设计创新

当工程团队想要定制的机械解决方案时,他们传统上从致电现有供应商开始。但是,大多数供应商都不设计和制造自定义机械解决方案;它们适应现有的标准化。

At best, the engineering team receives a partially customized solution and settles for something that minimally addresses their needs.

Inversely, the companies that are building the flexible and adaptable data centers of the future have realized customized mechanical solutions must be designed and manufactured from scratch. It’s the only way to meet the unique requirements each environment and market requires.

There’s no room for fast followers when it comes to customized mechanical solutions for data centers and edge computing.

Custom enclosures of any size begin with an engineering team, a blank sheet of paper, and manufacturers with the DFM and DFX design services to build speed, flexibility, and scale into every decision.

The companies that are going to do well are the ones that put a lot of emphasis on design, engineering, and innovation. They're not interested in buying a white box from an OEM because they take pride in their ability to innovate through design.

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Whether they’re trying to increase density or keep field compute physically dry, companies need an optimal solution, not a “close enough” one.

Thanks to custom mechanical solutions that are designed from the ground up, data centers are getting exactly what they need. And the solution is an exact match to their goals, as opposed to having extra space in a standard box that gets left half-empty.

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Customization At Scale

传统的权衡公司曾经考虑过定制 - 直接成本,总拥有成本和无能扩展 - 不再存在。如今,规模定制的效率与股票的效率相同。

数据中心公司使用现成的解决方案的主要原因之一是因为零件存在于某个地方的仓库中。他们很容易获得。如果您想要十个,没问题。但是大规模这样做很快成为一个问题。一百?等待一个月。一千?等待四分之一。

对于当今的高级标准来说,这是一个巨大的问题,他们正在寻找用于大规模部署的定制解决方案。

幸运的是,现代制造技术和工程能力消除了这些障碍。

Because typical deployments are so large now, scalability is a moot point. And whether a deployment is tied to 5G, fiber, or an entire data center, direct cost is no longer an issue either. Even the total cost of ownership comes down when compared to the inefficiencies of a “close enough” stock solution.

北美的工厂容量和软工具制造,再加上工程知识和专业知识,已经在规模上实现了定制的方式发生了重大变化。当今的制造商可以在几周内生产数千个定制零件。

网球鞋是大规模定制的一个很好的例子。几年前,对于大多数消费者来说,一双定制的鞋子不是一种选择。费用太高。即使那些负担得起的人也不愿等待。花了很长时间。但是,如今,可以在48小时内在线设计,订购,付款和运送定制网球鞋。

The same thing has happened in large-scale manufacturing, especially among hyperscale data center players.

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, better software, and flexible manufacturing automation and robotics have also helped bridge the gap between scale and cost.

A Shift In Mentality

It’s clear that a fully standardized or fully customized solution is not the answer to the demands and challenges data center companies face.

But customization has a strong future and it will continue to evolve.

As such, hyperscale players are recalibrating their approaches to customization and standardization. Moving from sku-based, off-the-shelf solutions to unique products designed for specific features — and putting more focus on innovation — requires a shift in mentality.

如果您正在考虑定制以优化数据中心或外部技术的性能,则需要在其DNA中具有自定义机械的合作伙伴。

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