The Network’s Role in an Adaptive Data Center: Recap

March 30, 2017

Aligned’s CIO writes about networks in adaptive data centers as part of Data Center Frontier’s Voices of the Industry series.

Quick take

  • Rajendran Avadaiappan, Aligned’s CIO, is featured on Data Center Frontier’s Voices of the Industry series, where he explores the benefits of adaptiveness in network infrastructure.
  • An adaptive network can offer benefits similar to those delivered by the cloud.
  • See the full article for more on how an adaptive network can facilitate innovation and growth.

Aligned’s CIO Rajendran Avadaiappan is the latest contributor to Data Center Frontier’s Voices of the Industry series. With Voices of the Industry, DCF taps the experience of data center executives on the front lines of innovation and market dynamics and shares their insights with readers.

In The Network’s Role in Adaptive Data Centers, Raj explains that there is a lot of talk about dynamic infrastructure in terms of data center power and cooling systems – because that is where the biggest upfront cost is. But the concept applies to the network, too. “Just as there are tremendous benefits in terms of cost, reliability, and flexibility when power and cooling infrastructure are adaptive, the same benefits can be realized when network infrastructure is adaptive.”

“A truly adaptive network enables businesses to respond to changes in technologies and in customer demands.” – Click to tweet

One of the chief benefits of the cloud is its flexibility, Raj says. The cloud enables innovation and growth because users can provision the compute, storage, and network resources they need without regard to how utilized the data center is from a power, space, or network perspective. But the data center can help facilitate innovation and growth in the same way. As Raj writes:

“Data center infrastructure (power, cooling, and network) can be designed to adapt – expand or scale – as technology and business needs change. It is dynamic infrastructure for a dynamic world – a data center with power, cooling, and network infrastructure that doesn’t have to be fully built on Day 1. It can be added or reconfigured as the needs of its users change.”

Raj explores how block-like network infrastructure improves scalability. Another element of scalability, he says, is the network’s ability to support more traffic through each port. And a third: “the ability to flexibly associate or dissociate a particular server or port into a network or out of a network.” He discusses how the challenge in achieving that kind of scalability is often the “last mile” connections between the local carrier hotel and the data center, and how to overcome that challenge.

“Dynamic infrastructure is designed specifically to adapt as the world adapts, to remove the burden of static legacy infrastructure.” – Click to tweet

Want to know more about the benefits of an adaptive network? Read Raj’s full Voices of the Industry article on Data Center Frontier.

Aligned CIO Raj Avadaiappan To Present At Datacenter Dynamics Enterprise Conference On March 15


Aligned, an infrastructure technology company that offers cloud, enterprise, and service providers colocation and build-to-scale data center solutions, announced today that Chief Information Officer Raj Avadaiappan will present at the Datacenter Dynamics Enterprise Conference in New York City on March 15. In his discussion, Avadaiappan will address how to deliver the “Orchestrated Data Center” as a utility.

Event Details:

Discussion Description: Aligned delivers the data center as a utility. In this timely discussion, Aligned will provide insight on how they orchestrate and manage infrastructure from the supply chain to providing customers with full transparency on data center utilization and rack management.

Topics will include:

  •     How customers can integrate their server deployment to consume the data center as an on-demand utility
  •     A customer portal provides complete visibility into utilization, growth and IT cost metrics
  •     How Aligned leverages machine learning and Big Data to continually optimize infrastructure

Taking place at the New York Marriott Marquis on March 14 and 15, Datacenter Dynamics Enterprise Conference will cover the full ecosystem for how enterprise data centers are being re-defined and how the economics of digital business, IT and data center service delivery is being re-shaped. Through more than 100 hours of expert panels, keynote presentations, interactive workshops and roundtables, participants will network, learn and delve into discussion, leaving with the knowledge for a more decisive 2017.

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Data Center Frontier Executive Roundtable Recap, Part 2: Cloud, Renewable Energy, Modular

Quick take

  • Aligned’s founder and CEO Jakob Carnemark joined a panel of five data center executives to talk about industry predictions for 2017.
  • The other executives were Robert McClary, Chief Operating Officer for FORTRUST; Dan Papes, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing at Digital Realty; Rick Crutchley, Chief Operating Officer of IO; and Brian Kortendick, Vice President of Market Development for BASELAYER.
  • The Executive Roundtable discussed:
    • Where enterprise data will reside as the cloud continues its evolution toward a multi-cloud future
    • The best ways for service providers to provide renewable energy
    • How the growth of edge computing and the IoT will increase the need to deploy infrastructure in smaller chunks

This is a recap of a series of articles that first appeared on Data Center Frontier as part of the site’s Executive Roundtable: Data Center Trends to Watch in 2017

Aligned’s founder and CEO Jakob Carnemark joined a panel of five data center executives recently to share their thoughts on trends that will shape the data center industry in 2017.

The Data Center Frontier Executive Roundtable showcases the insights of thought leaders on the state of the data center industry, and where it is headed. In an earlier blog post, we summarized the overarching thoughts the executives had about 2017 trends. This blog post summarizes what they said about cloud, renewable energy, and modular data centers.

Aligned CEO Jakob Carnemark on the enterprise cloud

“The adoption of hybrid platforms will continue to increase as companies seek to balance cost efficiency and scale through the application lifecycle. The ability to drive seamless orchestration across platforms will be a critical need for businesses.”

“Aligned is focused on supporting next-generation capabilities such as application defined networks and advanced DCIM platforms so that our physical infrastructure – from the network to the data center – can be orchestrated by cloud and large enterprise clients.”

Learn more about how we deliver for cloud providers: A Cloud-like Data Center for Cloud Providers.

Jakob Carnemark on renewable energy

“More so than ever, the data center industry and large cloud players are focused on drastically curbing their data center water and energy use and moving to fully offset their carbon footprint with green power projects rather than just looking for carbon credits. Aligned is continually looking to create and help foster the adoption of new technologies.”

“For example, we recently partnered with Swedish-based Climeon to bring a new green technology to the U.S. More than 50% of the world’s energy is exhausted to the environment as low-grade heat (below 190 degrees F), effectively making waste heat a largely available but unused resource. We now offer a new heat-to-power system that generates 100% green electricity from this low-grade waste heat (think steam from your cup of coffee).”

Learn more about our partnership with Climeon: A Breakthrough in Carbon-Neutral Power Production from a Reusable, Available Source.

“Innovation is always an evolutionary process, and we must continue to identify new solutions and technologies that will create new green power sources for the benefit of the planet and each other.”

Learn more about how Aligned technology reduces data center energy consumption by up to 80% and reduces data center water consumption by up to 85.

Jakob Carnemark on the modular data center

“Modular solutions continue to evolve. We seek to deliver the data center as a utility. We believe the right goal of modularity is to deliver the lowest cost of a kWh of compute power on a utilized basis on demand. Many current approaches to modularity actually dramatically increase stranded capacity and thus cost. The key here is the result, not the approach.”