Design

Realising efficient data centre infrastructure management

20th April 2021
Alex Lynn

Data centres are and will continue to serve as the backbones of our modern world. From watching your favorite shows on video streaming platforms to communicating with colleagues overseas, data centres enable the online services and resources that empower the way we live and work. As a result, ensuring the optimal operation and security of our data centres is crucial.

To realise this, data centre administrators require the ability to collect, consolidate, and analyse data across the board. This is best achieved via Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) that leverages surveillance technologies, network appliances, sensors, and monitoring software.

Through effective DCIM, administrators have an indispensable tool to measure, manage, and control data centre utilisation and energy consumption of all IT-related equipment and facility infrastructure components, including air conditioning systems.

Requirements

Lanner worked in conjunction with a Japanese system integrator to facilitate the development of a DCIM solution. The system integrator required network appliances to monitor, control, and optimise air conditioning systems.

These included a network security appliance with server-grade computing performance and a high level of durability and stability. Also, they required a desktop appliance with a fanless design and with multiple Ethernet connectivity. What's more, both appliances needed to support advanced LAN bypass.

Lanner solution

The solution Lanner offered included its NCA-4010 mid-range 1U rackmount network security appliance powered by Intel's Broadwell-DE SoC. The platform offers up to 16 RJ45 GbE ports, dual 10G SFP+, one Lanner standard NIC module slot, and seven pairs of bypass. It can also be fitted with one PCI-E*8 for expansion. It is ideal for analysis servers and control servers for air conditioning systems.

Lanner also was able to meet the system integrator's needs with the fanless NCA-1510 desktop appliance. Powered by an Intel Atom C3000 processor, NCA-1510 features robust performance and reliability. It is a fanless SFF desktop network appliance for small and medium enterprises to manage edge security. It also sports Intel's QuickAssist Technology, offering cryptographic acceleration and commercial-grade LAN functions in a compact form factor (231x200x44mm).

Through the use of the NCA-4010 and NCA-1510, the system integrator developed an effective control system for real-time monitoring and control of data centre air conditioning. The key end benefit for its customers was the potential to halve their power consumption for significant cost savings.  

NCA-4010

x86 rackmount network appliance with Intel Xeon D-1500 processor (Codenamed Broadwell-DE)

  • Onboard Intel Xeon Processor D-1518/1548 Processor (codename Broadwell-DE)
  • Two 288pin DIMM DDR4 2400MHz REG, ECC or Non-ECC UDIMM (Max. 64GB R-DIMM or 32GB ECC)
  • 16x RJ45 and two 10G SFP+ (SKU A) or 8x RJ45 (SKU B/C), three or seven pairs Gen.3 LAN bypass
  • One NIC module slot supporting 1/10/40G/Fiber/Copper/Bypass
  • One RJ45 LOM, one RJ45 Console, two USB 2.0
  • Two 2.5” Drive Bays, one mSATA
  • One PCI-E*8 FH/HL (Optional)
  • Optional IPMI and TPM support

NCA-1510

Fanless SFF desktop network security appliance for SME edge security

  • Intel Atom 2 ~8 Cores C3758, C3558 or C3308 CPU (Codenamed Denverton)
  • Four RJ45, two SFP or two RJ45 (By SKU), one pairs Gen3 (By SKU)
  • One 260-pin DDR4 2133/2400MHz ECC DIMM, Max. 16GB
  • Intel QuickAssist Technology at 10Gbps
  • Intel AES-NI & TPM Support
  • One Mini USB Console, two USB 3.0
  • One Mini-PCIe, one M.2, one Nano SIM Accessibility
  • One 2.5” HDD/SSD Bay, one Onboard EMMC 8GB
  • Fanless Design

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