Energy Management

SCTE 210: To the Cloud—the Future of Datacenter Equipment Metrics

The Cloud and Datacenters

Rarely a day goes by without seeing something about how the cloud impacts our lives. From both a consumer and service provider perspective, the datacenters enabling the underlying infrastructure to support cloud-based services play an important role in cable’s continued shift toward next-generation services. The SCTE 210 standard gives cable operators the functional metrics to identify the energy consumed by this infrastructure as compared to work performed.

Three key SCTE 210 metrics include defining:

  • Storage density as the number of terabytes per rack unit, and the processing density as the maximum number of server processor cores multiplied by the processor base frequency in GHz
  • Digital data transport equipment system throughput as bits per second, per rack unit
  • Digital data routing/switching equipment system throughput density as bits per second, per rack unit

As energy considerations move to the forefront of design, the SCTE 210 standard provides operators and equipment vendors with an agreed-upon product-performance tool to allow one product to stand out from another. In a world where equipment providers often utilize similar feature sets, energy consumed vs. functional work will be a key distinguisher. SCTE 210 addresses the tip of the energy-consumption supply chain—rack-level equipment. The rack-level equipment impacts cooling needs as well as load needs; so, every bit of gain at the equipment level will trickle down the energy-consumption supply chain. In order to also deal with climate management of facilities, SCTE has a working group addressing optimization of temperature.

Contribute to the development of energy technologies and anticipate what’s next by getting your organization to join the ANSI-accredited SCTE Standards Program.


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