Welcome To The June Edition Of The QuadraNet Newsletter.
As June comes to an end, the summer is just getting started. QuadraNet would like to wish all of our customers and their families a fun and safe summer. While you are out enjoying the heat, we will be hard at work ensuring that your equipment stays cool and connected.
In this month’s QuadraNet newsletter, we take a brief look at planning for maximum uptime by discussing how redundant power can be configured from the utility company into the datacenter and following the power path all the way to your devices.
Also this month, you’ll learn about QuadraNet’s latest datacenter product: Physically Secure Storage Lockers. With this new service, you’ll never have to worry about losing track of your onsite equipment inventory again.
QuadraNet Introduces Physically Secured Storage Lockers
QuadraNet recently announced an onsite “Managed Secure Storage Locker” service as the latest product available to their colocation clients. This new service allows clients to store their equipment in a secure, managed and inventoried environment at the Los Angeles datacenter.
For colocation customers, this means that instead of taking up valuable space in a rack to store supplies and non-network connected equipment, they can now rent dedicated and secure storage space at a fraction of the cost.
QuadraNet’s Provisioning Manager, Rory Cox stated, “This goes one step further than just having storage space. QuadraNet is controlling your inventory for you. By storing equipment onsite and having QuadraNet manage the inventory of the locker, a client can feel safe knowing that when they come to work at the datacenter, they know that the equipment they need will always be there”.
How does Managed Storage Locker Service work?
When a client requests the service, they are assigned a storage locker at the datacenter. When equipment is ready to be put away for storage, the physical equipment is handed to a QuadraNet datacenter employee who documents the equipment intake and updates a storage locker inventory list for that client. The equipment is then placed in the client’s dedicated locker, in a secured area of the data center that is also under 24/7 live video surveillance.
When a client needs a piece of equipment from their locker, they request it from a QuadraNet datacenter employee who accesses the secure locker, removes the equipment, “checks it out” of the inventory list and hands it to the authorized requester.
QuadraNet is documenting everything: model numbers, serial numbers, manufacturers, date and time in, date and time out, and the person submitting or retrieving the equipment.
“This is more about inventory accountability than about the storage space,” continued Rory. “We feel this is a service that many of our clients need, but don’t realize it yet. So often a client thinks that they have hard drives or memory in inventory and arrive on site to install them, only to find out a different employee used the inventory on another project. Then their project gets delayed because they have to order more. This service puts an end to that.”
What do you think?
As we soft launch this product, we turn to you, our customers, to see what ideas you have to improve this new product offering. Please click here and fill out a brief form with suggestions and features you would like to see added to this new service.
How do I learn more?
If you are interested in learning more about QuadraNet’s Managed Secure Storage Locker service, please contact the sales department at 1-888-5-QUADRA or firstname.lastname@example.org
Power Redundancy Planning
When it comes to maximizing network uptime and creating a mission critical environment, there are six aspects of power redundancy that need to be taken into consideration.
The first aspect deals with the incoming utility power sources and main power panels. If one power source fails, the second source is still delivering power to the facility. While every datacenter is designed differently, QuadraNet’s Los Angeles datacenter currently has two power grids supplied by two separate four Megawatt LADWP Feeds.
The second power redundancy component is backup generators and automatic transfer switches. These are ready to activate if the incoming power feeds fail. Power is automatically transferred to the backup generators and maintains continuous power to the datacenter. For example, QuadraNet’s Dallas datacenter has six backup diesel generators that are tested bi-weekly.
The third level of power redundancy involves uninterruptable power supplies and maintenance bypass panels. QuadraNet datacenters are configured in either N+1 and 2N configurations. “N” represents the amount of UPSs need to keep the facility powered, and the +1 or 2 designates that there is either one extra UPS or two times amount of UPSs necessary. In these configurations, the datacenter always have more UPS capacity than the amount needed.
As the power makes it journey from the utility supply to the servers, the fourth level of power redundancy planning takes place at the power distribution unit or PDU level. The PDUs serve as a bridge from the building’s primary power sources to the equipment racks. In some cases, the PDUs are sub-panels from the UPS.
Up until this point, the first four steps are designed by the datacenter and should be evaluated during the pre-sales process. From this level forward the rack administrator has some decisions to make on how they want to design the power flow into their rack for equipment usage and redundancy. It’s at this level that most common power failures occur.
Once we are on the rack, the datacenter PDU’s connect to the fifth layer rack level PDU’s that deliver power to the individual equipment in the rack. In a fully redundant design, racks are configured with two independent PDUs each fed by separate facility level PDUs. Careful planning is required at this level to decide how much power is drawn from each PDU so that in the event of a failure the second rack-level PDU will not be overloaded and shut down the rack.
This leads to the sixth and final component of a redundant power plan, dual power supplies on an equipment level. In a mission critical rack, each piece of equipment should contain dual power supplies with each connected to a separate rack PDU. This goes beyond the power supplied to the building and rack failing by also protecting mission critical equipment from a hardware power supply failure. In the event of failure, the second power supply takes over and supplies 100% of the necessary power to the equipment until the faulty supply is replaced.
Meticulous planning and experience are required to engineer a rack that is capable of withstanding power issues at every level discussed. QuadraNet has a team of network engineers that are experts is creating mission critical rack plans. Organizations interested in creating a fully redundant power plan should contact the sales team and schedule a consultation with one of QuadraNet’s datacenter engineers. You can contact sales via email at email@example.com or call 1-888-5-QUADRA.
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