What’s the coolest technology you wish someone would invent for a Data Center?
As the more entrepreneurial among us are likely already aware, it’s National Inventors Month in the United States. In light of that – and the video below discussing how Data Centers themselves foster innovation – I thought it would be interesting to make a Data Center wish list. Just in case a fledgling Thomas Edison out there is looking for something to work on.
We had fun with last week’s post, I Saw What You Patched Last Summer, viewing the horrors that are the entries to Cisco’s recent Crazy Cabling Contest Fun because, as humorist Will Rogers famously noted, everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else.
You obviously don’t want such cabling mayhem in your Data Center. Tangled cables greatly increase the risk of accidental downtime. They also inhibit airflow, forcing a Data Center’s cooling system to work harder to deliver chilled air to hardware and thereby increasing energy consumption and operational costs.
For those keeping score at home, here’s the winning submission as voted by visitors to Cisco’s Facebook page:
The top vote-getter from Cisco's Crazy Cabling Contest.
Messy cabling is also bad because it leads to more messy cabling. Have you ever walked into a Data Center with just one sloppy server cabinet? In my experience, server environments are either neat and tidy throughout or messy throughout.
So, what can be done to prevent tangled cabling in your Data Center?
Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the Cisco Crazy Cabling Contest. We’ve received some great photos so far! The jumble of wires data center managers have to deal with every day highlights the headaches folks have to deal with when trying to maintain and manage their data centers!
Now you can help select the winners from the top 5 finalists. Go to www.facebook.com/ciscodc and look at the top photos along the “wall” of our data center Facebook page. To vote, please make sure you are first a fan of the Cisco’s Facebook data center page; you can do that by clicking “Like” at the top of the Facebook page.
From there you should be able to click on the photo of your favorite and then click on the “Like” button.
Voting will end on Sunday, March 27 at midnight 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
The 3 photos with the most votes will be announced on Monday, March 28 on both Cisco’s data center Facebook page and on Cisco’s Data Center Networks blog.
The first place winner will receive a brand new Flip Mino HD 120 camera and an Amazon gift card worth $200.00 USD. Second and third place winners will also receive a Flip Mino and Amazon gift cards worth $100.00 and $50.00 USD.
This came to me today from one of our customers who was extremely excited. We’ve heard about FCoE helping reduce cables, power and cooling costs, etc.
But while all the talk is good, having a couple of side-by-side photos really brings the point home. The below pictures are actual servers being used by a customer, and what happened when they started using FCoE.