How to increase the life of a data center?
life of a data center

How to increase the life of a data center?

increase the life of a data center

Data centers, like humans, get sick and suffer from some sudden accidents and diseases. Just as humans are constantly in need of air and blood circulation, they are also in need of more energy, computing power and cooling. Any interruption can shorten the life of a data center. They need emergency care, surgery and long periods of care. For this reason, operators must monitor and monitor the vital signs of data centers around the clock.

Install hundreds of sensors in all parts of the data center and with a variety of equipment can check the health of each part and the device and cabinet. They must be able to predict and fix a device failure before it occurs. The efficiency and quality of the output power of the devices should be checked regularly and they should try to be in the best condition and working health. 

Identify the slightest defect or reduction in the efficiency of the report and the reasons for it. Emergency and relief teams should always be stationed at a data center to quickly intervene, repair a damaged site, and bring it back into orbit. 
The costs of maintaining and maintaining data centers are high. Most executives are reluctant to pay such fees and leave the data center alone, which shortens the life of the system and requires retirement at age 15 instead of 25. 

Youth, friends and partners

The life of a data center will not continue without partners and friends. Like human life, data centers need support, friends and partners at all stages of their lives. Friends and partners can come to the aid of the data center in times of crisis and save it with the right support. Some partners move away from the data center over time, and new partners are added to the data center communication circle. These partners play the role of spouse in life.

Businesses hosted or leased by the data center have a child role. These businesses sometimes need new or powerful hardware and must be provided by the data center. Sometimes these children create big problems for the data center. The entire data center fails and must be restored. Some businesses require multiplier capacity, and the data center must be expanded or the next phases must be implemented more quickly. 

Some services require more bandwidth, and in subsequent years, their contracts are not renewed and are hosted in another data center. But sometimes a piece of hardware and services stays on one data center for several years in a row, so that the whole data center now belongs to that service. 

As the data center lives longer, it needs major upgrades to provide better and faster services. Some data centers move from the hard disk storage system to the SSD storage system. Cooling systems are changed from conventional chillers and CRAH to evaporative chillers. New devices are being installed that can reduce energy consumption. Cables and servers are switched from 10 and 40 Gigabit networks to 100 Gigabit networks. The equipment with the highest breakdown and depreciation is replaced with new equipment. Finally, the data center lives on with vigor and vitality.

Middle age crises

When a data center reaches middle age and several years have passed, new challenges and crises arise. In some systems and technologies that are outdated, it is not possible to change and update. Energy consumption has increased due to the depreciation of devices and on the other hand energy costs have also increased. 

New energy technologies and systems both require high initial costs and the entire data center must be out of order for several months. Cooling systems can be the next challenge. They are high consumption and low efficiency and do not respond to the heat generated by the devices. The deployment of new and modern cooling systems requires a global overhaul
of data center architecture and design  .

Add to all these problems the need to increase storage capacity or physical space constraints. The solution to many of the above challenges is terrible: you have to destroy and build from scratch!
Upgrading a data center in the middle of the year is associated with major problems. The data center should shut down and not be serviced for a while. 

Experience shows that shutting down a data center can cause great financial losses to its owners. In particular, if it is decided to shut down part of a data center, for example, if the cooling system is to be changed, it may cause damage to other parts. Major upgrades require relatively high initial costs and must have a rationale for the return on investment. 

Two major upgrades to data centers are the shift from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy, and the change to a cooling system to reduce costs and energy consumption, and ultimately reduce data center operating costs.

In these cases, most owners prefer to make small upgrades so that the data center can last a few more years and maybe another year and continue to serve. Some other investors prefer to build a new data center and keep the current data center with the same capacity and equipment with the least workload. Meanwhile, the dissatisfaction of some tenants or businesses may cause them to move to another data center. 

It is even possible to build a new data center next to the old data center and plan to migrate all services and information to the new data center. Such migration also has its myriad and endless challenges, with financial risks and declining market share. Here, the data center business and marketing department must be able to take action and negotiate with the tenants and services being hosted to select the best way to continue their presence and extend the contracts.

 At this stage, some companies sell or connect their data center to a larger data center to receive new services without the need for major upgrades. 
If you are planning to upgrade a data center, you need to have the same vision and vision of business and return on investment as you did on the first day, and prepare the data center to host the new technologies and services needed by the market. Usually a big upgrade to continue the current services leads to capital failure. 

A big upgrade is only logical and justifiable if the data center wants to enter a new market and game. For example, support and service private cloud and hybrid computing or seek to attract larger customers. Two major upgrades to data centers are the shift from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy, and the change to a cooling system to reduce costs and energy consumption, and ultimately reduce data center operating costs. 

Retirement and death

What happens when a data center has no customer or hosting service? All the children left home and started another life. The data center is nothing but an empty building! 
Data centers have a shorter lifespan than humans and often live an average of 25 years. A data center can effectively provide 15 to 20 years of uninterrupted service. Buildings and some hardware may last for many years, close to 50 or 60 years, but technologies change every 3 to 4 years. 

Servers must be recycled and storage devices discarded. At this stage, even a major reinvestment and upgrade is not responsible, and only the dilapidated building and equipment should be sold or demolished at once. Some data centers can still provide services, but they are costly and unprofitable. The managers of this data center must have the courage to make decisions and announce their retirement. Data centers have a shorter lifespan than many buildings and industries. 

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