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The latest HP supercomputer speaks to common data center challenges

By Max Burkhalter
December 8, 2014

As data centers become more complex and powerful, IT teams are forced to solve increasingly difficult logistical problems. For instance, ongoing innovation turns cutting-edge into a moving target - companies are forced to keep their facility infrastructure scalable if they hope to keep up with the technology curve. IT teams are also faced with the problem of finding ways to minimize waste while being simultaneously expected to update the business' current applications with updates that consume increasing amounts of power and capacity. Hewlett-Packard, in the midst of an impressive financial rebound, focused on tackling these problems with its latest Apollo Systems suite, reflecting how central these problems are to the data center industry as a whole. Forbes noted that the company's historical problem has been with innovation, so HP's latest move is a step forward for the company as it catches up with the rest of the industry.

HP introduces Apollo
HP has designed its Apollo System series with hopes of resolving many of these modern data center design issues, according to Data Center Knowledge. For instance, the Apollo 8000 boasts the world's first self-protecting liquid-cooling system, allowing users to support up to 144 servers on a single rack. This infrastructure approach delivers four times the capacity of an air-cooled system and can help reduce carbon emissions from the data center by thousands of tons each year. In this way the Apollo 8000 supercomputer demonstrates the ability to expand performance while reducing energy consumption, a goal that IT teams can hope to achieve in their own data center design plans.

Strategies for evolving data centers
Thankfully, there are several strategies that IT teams can employ to improve a data center's consumption and capacity besides spending massive amounts of money on an HP's latest piece of tech. One issue that many data centers deal with the growing trend of utilizing optical cables within the data center that facilitates the movement of info in and out of the facility with fewer chances of bottlenecking. Investing in simple hardware fixes like a fiber-to-Ethernet device allows IT teams to enjoy the benefit of a broadband connection throughout the company instead of being limited by the budget. After all, existing copper infrastructure is cheaper to update than to it is to replace. Workarounds like these allow a IT staffs to keep their company's data center up to date without the need for a serious hardware upgrade.

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