While setting up our own small size data center and cloud infrastructure, we’ve tried to exemplify the key constitutive ingredients of this type of computing infrastructure, as of November 2014. But we’ve also tried to maintain them as much open as we could, for further questioning, developments and transformations.
The first key ingredients are software parts and we’ve described them in the previous post about the same topic.
The other key ingredients that we’ve used to set up our “data center” are the normative approach of the U and the mobile 19″ rack cabinet. The idea of redundancy of both hardware (RAID disks) and data is fundamental too, which is extended further with the doubling of electric and internet access plugs (in a big size data center, these redundant plugs are connected to redundant sources, in case of failure in the energy or network access supply chain. And if both energy sources fall down, two local powerful oil engines are ready to take over). We also maintained the need to monitor temperature and air flow in an autonomous manner.
At a small scale, our “data center” has a false floor and ceiling, it maintain enough free space for cables and plugs around the computing unit itself. Fresh air comes from the ground, while hot air charged in positive ions goes out of the cabinet from the top.
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