NAS with 96 TB: LaCie 12big Rack Network
Let’s assume you have just one wish. Let’s assume that, in your role as company CIO, you haven’t yet exhausted all of your annual IT budget and you can invest in something you’ve had your eye on for a while. After all, the money needs to be spent so that your budget for 2011 isn’t reduced. What would you like to buy – without having to involve a large number of colleagues in the decision-making process? Would it be a service or a product that makes your day-to-day work easier and gives you a better standing within the company – and is fun, too?
How about state-of-the-art technology to meet the discerning demands of levelheaded IT managers? We’re not thinking about tablet PCs such as iPads, which can be dotted around various departments – these are planned for the first quarter of 2011. In contrast, purchasing additional hardware in the server room would get your company in shape to tackle new tasks. And it could be a wise investment, given that an SAP database (master data, business intelligence) with several thousand users typically grows by a few hundred megabytes a year.
In such cases, a Business Warehouse (BW) Accelerator server could enable much faster queries, for example, and is available from Dell, HP, and IBM to suit various needs. Blade servers of this kind – with in-memory processing, automatic data compression, and parallel processing – work like search engines and are up to 150 times faster than conventional blade servers.
Or what about an NAS server, which can save up to 96 TB of data in a computer network? Another suggestion could be a powerful uninterruptible power supply (UPS) – and a device with 10,000 VA may well meet all your needs. The range of cloud services is growing, and
energy-efficient server racks are also becoming increasingly important. Or what about using QR codes? On the pages that follow, we present ideas for hardware and software that your company might like to see in its Christmas stocking:
- 1. NAS with 96 TB: LaCie 12big Rack Network
- 2. Services via the Web
- 3. Uninterruptible power supply: Smart-UPS from APC
- 4. Servers for BWA: Dell M610, HP ProLiant, and IBM
- 5. Energy-efficient server rack: Rittal
- 6. Reading and creating QR codes
- 7. A flying car or an 8-bit tie?
NAS with 96 TB: LaCie 12big Rack Network
The 12big Rack Network from LaCie is designed to dramatically increase the memory capacity of a workstation or a server. It has 12 hot plug slots, each of which comes with a 2 TB SATA hard drive (3.5 inch). The preinstalled Windows Storage Server 2008 enables the powerful 12big Rack Network to be deployed.
The hefty NAS system runs using an Intel Quad Core Xeon processor (E5410, 2.33 GHz) and 2 GB internal working memory. To boot the operating system, there are also two 2.5-inch disk drives. To connect to a network, there are two gigabit connections (RJ-45).
The total of 12 SATA slots enable a memory capacity of 24 TB, which can be extended to 96 TB by hooking up four racks. The servers are connected to each other using mini SAS cables (iSAS, serial attached SCSI). From an energy perspective, the amount of electricity consumed is comparatively low – around 850 watts for a large, fully populated rack.
Idea 2: Services via the Web
Services via the Web: Lots of memory, not much cash
What if you don’t have a budget for heavyweight enterprise software packages? Or there’s no room in your basement for bulky server racks? Many business applications are now available online, and are known as cloud services. All you need is an Internet connection. The software
is browser-based, and the highly practical thing is that users just hire the modules that they really need.
The on-demand software SAP BusinessByDesign, for example, gives you a slimline ERP system with the most important functions for your organization. There are also other providers that have cloud-based applications, software, platforms, and IT infrastructures in their portfolios. Read on to find out about the most important cloud services:
If the power fails: APC Smart-UPS RT 10,000 VA
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) prevents data loss if your servers are suddenly without power. A key feature of an UPS is the maximum runtime, which depends on the battery capacity. If the power is down for a long period, the servers shut down automatically, before the runtime expires. Opened files – such as sensitive databases – are thus closed in a controlled way to prevent data loss.
A high efficiency power supply when the grid is down is provided by, for example, APC’s Smart-UPS RT 10,000, which takes up six units of height in a standard rack. Up to 500 minutes power failure are covered with a minimal load of 800 VA, while you have 50 minutes remaining with a maximum load of 8,000 VA.
APC’s Smart-UPS generates bar charts that provide information about load, battery levels, and overload. Alarms are triggered if the unit is on battery, if the battery is low, or if there is an overload condition. Audible noise at one meter from the surface of the unit is 55 dBA.
Servers for BWA and BOE
SAP’s Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA) is configured as a hardware bundle by three different companies: Dell provides the PowerEdge M610, HP the ProLiant BL460c, and IBM the BladeCenter HS22. All three systems run on the operating system Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 or 11. They enable you to deploy SAP BusinessObjects Explorer with its business intelligence functions. As well as the blade servers themselves, a storage area network (SAN) is also required.
The configuration and licensing of a BWA server depend mainly on the size of the working memory and start at 8 GB. The table below shows a few possible combinations with different hardware platforms (Intel-based only). By snapping together several blade servers, a working memory of up to 2 TB is created, enabling entire databases to fit into the main memory.
Energy-efficient server rack: Rittal
Computers consume electricity, regardless of whether you have an entire data center or individual racks. Up to 50% is used for cooling alone. Efficient cooling systems mean reduced power consumption and improved computing power. Such presents will therefore delight the CIO, the CFO, and the environment alike.
Smart server racks for the midmarket
For small businesses and midsize companies, Herborn, Germany-headquartered Rittal offers three Smart Packages, which are tailored to various air conditioning scenarios. They are based on the pre-fitted TS 8-rack system platform.
Smart Package V1
Suitable for air-conditioned rooms. The rack is ventilated using a door surface area that is 78% available for air throughput. Heat losses of up to 1.5 kW can be dissipated.
Smart Package V2
Thanks to the roof-mounted fan with speed control, the rack is actively cooled while the noise level remains low (40 dB). This makes the product ideal for office environments. Heat losses of up to 2.0 kW can be dissipated, and the plinth is ventilated.
Smart Package V3
A closed system including a cooling unit. This Smart Package server rack is able to dissipate heat losses of up to 3.0 kW at an ambient temperature of 35°C. It can also be installed at locations subject to high levels of contamination.
Furthermore, there are many components designed to cool down hot IT systems. Here’s a selection:
Wall-mounted cooling unit with a useful cooling output of 1,000 W. plus nano-coated condenser and integral condensate evaporation. According to Rittal, it emits approximately 175 kg CO², compared with 800 kg for standard cooling devices.
Liquid Cooling Package Extend
Liquid Cooling Package Extend (LCP Extend) is an air/water heat exchanger with which racks can be equipped while the servers are running. Its useful cooling capacity is 12 kW maximum and the air throughput of its fans is 3,000 m³/h.
The device replaces the server rack’s rear door, and the water connection can be either at the top or the bottom. For server racks based on Rittal’s TS 8, two more LCP versions are available – Standard and Plus – which have a capacity of up to 40 kW.
Recooling systems, also known as chillers, ensure centralized cooling and provide the cooling medium, which is generally water or oil. They are suitable for critical IT applications, because redundant pumps, emergency cooling, and buffer storage facilities ensure continuous operation and downtime security.
They have a cooling capacity of between 15 kW and 462 kW. The controls are on the front panel, the air inlet is through the side walls, and the outlet is at the top.
Idea 6: Reading and creating QR codes
Reading and creating QR codes
Originally intended for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR codes are increasingly part of our everyday lives. They mean we don’t have to key in long Internet addresses. All you need is Java-enabled smartphone or a cell phone with a camera and a special QR code reader. Some smartphones come equipped with a reader, and iPhone and BlackBerry owners can download one easily. Read on to find out about the most important QR code readers and generators.
QR code readers
Programs to read QR codes are available from app stores or from the provider’s Web site. QR code readers need to be compatible with the mobile device on which they run. QuickMark, for example, works on iPhones, but not on BlackBerrys. BeeTagg and NeoReader work on
both devices. Mobile Tag is also available for phones with the Android or Windows operating system. ScanLife supports the iPhone and BlackBerry, as well as Nokia, Samsung, and Palm.
Creating QR codes
There are various free QR code generators on the Web. Kaywa creates codes from URLs, texts, telephone numbers, and text messages. You just insert the text into the appropriate field and click “Generate.” The code is available in various sizes. It can be printed out or embedded in existing Web sites.
GOQR.ME also generates QR codes as business cards. The size of the square can be adjusted to suit your needs.
BeeTag can generate QR codes as well as read them. At www.mobile-barcodes.com, you can generate your own QR codes, too. What’s more, the site provides an overview of all QR code readers and the devices on which they will run.
Ideas special: A flying car or an 8-bit tie?
A flying car or an 8-bit tie?
And finally, two ideas that you needn’t take that seriously: a car that you can drive on roads and fly in the sky – or maybe an 8-bit tie, with a design reminiscent of the Commodore C64 home computer?