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June 2, 2017

Open19 Project versus the Open Compute Project

The Open19 Foundation versus the Open Compute Project.  19" or 21", let the rack wars begin.   Once upon a time, the Open Compute Project (OCP) came about to come up with a better data center solution for servers, switches, storage, and power.  The solution was designed around hyperscale data center from companies like Facebook.  Facebook has been a leading force in taking the controls away from vendors that want to sell equipment that may or may not meet their compute needs in relation to price and wanted functionality.  While some of the principles are sound, some felt left out of the equation.  Further, the needs for edge computing do not necessarily fit well with OCP.  Enter the Open 19 Foundation! 

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May 10, 2017

About Paige DataCom Solutions

Paige DataCom Solutions is the newest division of the Paige Electric family of companies. Paige DataCom Solutions’ charter is to bring the best products to end users with value added services building on the years of expertise in standards, engineering, and innovation. Our customer driven philosophy continues through new solution sets for LAN/WAN Enterprise and Data Centers marketed to end users and system integrators in the intelligent building and data center spaces. High voltage, medium voltage, low voltage, system interconnects, copper, fiber, cabinets and security solutions build a significant part of our offering portfolio. We expect to directly impact our customer's businesses through innovative products enabling cloud, colocation and enterprise data centers, intelligent buildings and campus deployments.

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May 4, 2017

SDN

Today’s networks do not scale or perform well for the amount of virtualized servers and the volume of devices they must support. East-west traffic (server to server) accounts for 70-80% of all in-data center network traffic depending on the data center. The number of virtual machines requiring network resources is growing daily. The problem with today’s network architectures lies in the complexity needed to support a very different compute environment than a few years ago.

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May 4, 2017

How SDN Can Redefine Whitespace

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is more than another TLA (Three Letter Acronym). It promises to allow rapid deployment and redeployment of networking resources not by the old fork lift method, but rather through software. If you think of the possibilities here, they are pretty amazing. Suppose you could design a data center and its whitespace contents once. Then once installed, perform moves and changes in software. Adds obviously would require more labor, so I’m not covering that in this blog.

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May 4, 2017

Do you really need a high density data center?

It never ceases to amaze me how many vendors tout a “one size fits all” solution. Even in a certain sector or company, the needs are varied. Across hundreds of data centers the needs are even more varied. If we look at typical Watts per cabinet, the international average is 5.5-6.0. This is certainly not what we would deem high density. Many colocation and hosted facilities are designed to these lower numbers as well. If you need more power, you simply rent more space. If you talk to any colo provider, they will be the first to tell you that managing power across all customers is a full time job as none of the cages require the same power requirements.

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May 4, 2017

Big Data – Big Dilemmas

There is lots of talk of big data. In short big data is just another term for analyzing an increasing amount of information that is gathered year over year about our daily lives, browsing habbits, etc. Take the following example: Suppose you were searching on baby names on the internet. The next time you log onto your favorite retailer’s site, they can tell by your history that you researched baby names. This now puts you in line for a barrage of coupons for baby diapers, strollers, supplies, etc. While the system won’t be perfect, you may not have been searching for yourself, you can forward the coupons on to the person that really was searching for the baby names and bingo- job accomplished. The coupon got into the hands of the person that would need them.

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