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Modular Systems: The Evolution of Reliability
Nature proved early on that in complex systems, modular designs are the ones that survive and thrive. An important contributor to this success is the critical reliability advantage of fault tolerance, in which a modular system can shift operation from failed modules to healthy ones while repairs are made. In data centers, modular design has already taken root in new fault-tolerant architectures for servers and storage systems. As data centers continue to evolve and borrow from nature’s blueprints, data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) must also evolve to support new strategies for survival, recovery, and growth.
AuthorsNeil Rasmussen Chief Technical Officer, American Power Conversion Neil Rasmussen is a founder and the Chief Technical Officer of American Power Conversion. At APC, Neil directs the world’s largest R&D budget devoted to power, cooling, and rack infrastructure for critical networks, with principal product development centers in Massachusetts, Missouri, Denmark, Rhode Island, Taiwan, and Ireland. Neil is currently leading the effort at APC to develop modular scalable data center solutions.
Suzanne Niles White Paper author at APC's Engineering Design Center in Billerica, Massachusetts, American Power Conversion Suzanne Niles is a white paper author at APC's Engineering Design Center in Billerica, Massachusetts. She studied mathematics at Wellesley College before receiving a Bachelor's degree in computer science from MIT, with a thesis on handwritten character recognition. Suzanne has been documenting and explaining to diverse audiences for over 25 years, in a variety of media from software manuals to photography and children's songs.