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If you're setting up new server racks, then using a "top of rack" approach where you connect every rack to its own individual switch at the top of the rack and then link those into your broader network fabric produces a lot less cable clutter than a "structured cabling" approach tied to a centralised management area within each row or for the overall data centre. However, it could prove a lot more expensive over time.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Here's the evidence you need when your boss asks you how hard it is to run a data centre: only 5 per cent of them have a proper data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solution and more than half of them want to change whatever half-baked system they do have in place.

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Energy costs are one of the biggest expenses in managing a data centre, so IT pros are understandably focused on trying to reduce them. But don't let that ongoing hassle leave you with the impression that data centres themselves are a really big consumer of energy in global terms.