TITLE

Power--And The Price Of Progress

PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Dec2005, Vol. 35 Issue 12, p2
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the electrical problems affecting telecom and computer networking. Though the number of outages is down, their duration is up about 15 percent. The fiber transmission systems rely on external power sources and therefore aren't as reliable as the copper/ CO-based power systems. As fiber carries more traffic than copper, the impact of an outage is more than when a copper trunk goes down. Another problem is that each service provider does its own thing. Although there are industry forums and councils looking into the matter, nobody can tell anyone what to do. The datacenter energy problem has its roots in more powerful chip technology. The price to be paid for the chips in terms of energy consumption and heat is beginning to affect total cost of ownership. Voicing his views at the VoiceCon conferences, Gary Audin, president of Delphi Inc., asked attendees to consider the impact of IP-PBXs on cabling, heat and energy. Audin said that he has worked with clients who didn't have room to store all the UPS and even if the gear had fit, the closet wasn't ventilated in a way that would accommodate the heat output.
ACCESSION #
19414253

 

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