Most manufacturers are using Ethernet at all stages of their production, from sensors, controllers to manufacturing servers and storages. This is very important because it ensures the linkage between such systems and devices are secured and protected from dirt and heat while speeding all the necessary diagnosis-and reserving the ability to shut down the networks when there is a security threat.
What is a Micro Data Center?
This is a single or multiple cabinet/rack that houses all the switches, servers, UPS and backup systems. It’s designed to provide the link between the industrial and corporate networks. On the other hand, the networks perform the following tasks;
• Provide ease to any installation
• Manages the network security system
• Maintains the network up time by speeding up changes in case of an emergency.
• Network segregation is achieved easily through it.
What are the Key Elements of a Micro Data Center?
The major elements of a working micro data center include:
1. Racks and Cabinets
The cabinets and racks help in housing the most crucial elements in a centralized way. The main difference between a cabinet and rack is the ability to offer protection: the cabinet provides a tight security and environmental protection from dirt and human beings because it has a locking door mechanism and four wall enclosure. On the other hand, a rack is open and this allows the system to cool.
The housing should be able to accommodate all the patch panels, cable managers, and equipment while providing enough space for growth so as to accommodate more in the future. Additionally, cabinets are designed to house switches and servers while racks can allow only shallow switches.
The main function of the thermal loads found in the MDC is to reduce the heat load while ensuring there is a smooth working environment in the system.
2. Network Cabling
The centralized cabling can be either copper or fiber optic. Once you have selected the correct media for your MDC it’s good to have a patch panel. The main function of the patch panel is to provide crucial testing and diagnostic points between field connections and your equipment and this will help you recognize any trouble fast.
There should always be a clean and continuous supply of power to your micro data center. The incoming power is usually supplied by the UPS and other power outlet units which distribute it evenly where it’s needed. Moreover, it’s good to ensure that your micro data center has a proper wire management because it’s essential for reliable connectivity.