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How to Use Aisle Containment to Increase Data Center Efficiency

For years, organizations have been using hot-aisle/cold-aisle configurations to manage airflow in the data center, extend the life of equipment and lower cooling costs. In a hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout, the fronts of the server racks face each other and draw in cold air to cool the equipment. The backs of the servers also face each other, so that hot exhaust air is less likely to be drawn into the front of the equipment and cause overheating. The Department of Energy estimates that this configuration reduces fan use by up to 25 percent.

However, a hot-aisle/cold-aisle configuration is not enough to meet today’s demandsBecause space is often at a premium, organizations are packing more and more equipment into their data centers. They are also adopting more high-performance servers to support data analytics, artificial intelligence and other demanding applications. Traditional computer room air conditioning (CRAC) systems can’t keep up with the amount of heat being generated.

One of the most effective way to optimize energy efficiency in the data center is to install an aisle containment system. The hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout remains, but cold air and hot air are isolated by partitioning off each aisle. Aisle containment prevents the mixing of hot and cold air, and dramatically reduces the amount of space that needs to be cooled. Organizations can increase the computing capacity of the data center without the risk of hotspots and overheating.

In-row cooling can boost the efficiency of aisle containment even further. One or more cooling units is placed within the row of cabinets, cooling the space within the aisle containment enclosure rather than the entire room. Cold air is focused on the equipment with minimal loss. CRAC units can be set to a higher temperature for substantial energy savings.

Many data centers were built 20 years ago, and organizations are facing the need to upgrade their air handlers and CRAC units to support growing equipment densities. Organizations can forego those upgrades by installing aisle containment and in-row cooling, potentially saving millions of dollars in capital costs. Aisle containment can also be installed on a project-by-project basis to support high-performance equipment, or used to create data center space in a warehouse or other “whitespace.”

It pays to bring in experts to design your aisle containment system. There are a number of variables, and one small miscalculation can derail the entire project. Rahi Systems partners with Enconnex to deploy aisle containment solutions. The Enconnex team consults with each customer to determine the heat load of the equipment, and the ideal size and placement of cabinets in the aisle. Enconnex then puts together a customized kit that includes the cabinets, roof panels, side doors, and airflow and cable management features.

Enconnex also offers a highly efficient in-row cooling solution, as well as cabinet components, accessories, and power and connectivity solutions. By partnering with Rahi Systems and Enconnex, customers gain a one-stop shop for all of their data center infrastructure needs.

Many organizations are finding that traditional approaches to data center heat management are no longer adequate. Let us show you how aisle containment can optimize cooling efficiency and enable your existing data center to support greater computing capacity.

About the Author

Marcus Doran – VP and GM at Rahi Systems, Europe

Marcus Doran is an experienced data center infrastructure sales professional with 20 years’ experience in sales growth, revenue generation and new business development. He joined Rahi Systems in April 2016. Through his three-decade career, Marcus has worked all over Ireland, the Middle East and the UK as a Sales Manager, a Channel Manager and a Major Account Manager.

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ARIN Bits: June 2019

We’ve hit the halfway point of 2019, and we have a lot to show for it! In this edition of ARIN Bits, you’ll learn about our new Leadership Development Webinar Series, the ARIN Community Grant Program, ARIN 44 and fellowships, upcoming key election dates, our 2018 annual report, and more. If you missed any previous editions of Bits and want to catch up, you can find them on our ARIN Bits archive page.

ARIN’s Leadership Development Webinar Series

In an effort to develop a strong class of future leaders from diverse backgrounds and geographic areas, we’ve launched a Leadership Development Program that encourages and explains how to continually engage with ARIN. The first phase of the program is a series of four one-hour webinars for interested community members who want to learn more about ARIN, its governance, and the work of the ARIN Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and Number Resource Organization Number Council.

Registration for this webinar series opened on 28 May and all of the available seats were claimed in the first week. We thank everyone for their interest in this program, and we can’t wait to offer the series again in the future!

The full slate of webinars includes:

Module 1: Setting the Scene
Thursday, 13 June
1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Module 2: ARIN Services and Community Engagement
Thursday, 20 June
1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Module 3: The Advisory Council and Policy Development Process and the NRO Number Council
Thursday, 27 June
1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Module 4: Board of Trustees Roles and Responsibilities
Thursday, 11 July
1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Descriptions of each webinar can be found on our Leadership Development Program page.

Didn’t get a chance to register for the series before it filled up? No worries – recordings of each session will be posted on the official ARIN YouTube channel.

Have you heard about the ARIN Community Grant Program?

We are pleased to announce a new ARIN Community Grant Program that provides financial grants to support projects that advance ARIN’s mission and benefit the Internet community within the ARIN region. For 2019, the ARIN Board of Trustees has approved a total expenditure of up to $60,000 (USD) for grants of varying amounts, starting at $1,000 (USD) and based on project need.

Projects must fit into one or more of these broad categories:

  • Internet technical improvements: Promotes and facilitates the expansion, development, and growth of the infrastructure of the Internet consistent with the public interest
  • Registry processes & technology improvements: Help maintain a globally consistent and highly usable Internet number registry system
  • Informational outreach: Advances the Internet by covering topics such as, but not limited to: IPv6 deployment, Internet research, and Internet governance

Grant applications will be accepted 1 May – 11 June 2019. Learn more and start the application process by visiting our Community Grant Program page.

Applications for ARIN 44 Fellowships are opening soon!

Our next Public Policy and Members Meeting, ARIN 44, will be held in Austin, Texas from 31 October – 1 November at the JW Marriott Austin. Registration will open in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for an announcement!

Applications for our Fellowship Program to attend ARIN 44 will also be opening soon! An ARIN 44 Fellowship will give you the chance to attend not just ARIN 44, but also NANOG 77 from 28-30 October in the same location.

If you’re looking for more information on what it means to be an ARIN Fellow, take a look at our Fellowship Corner right here on TeamARIN.

Call for Nominations for ARIN Elections Opens 15 July

Beginning 15 July, ARIN Trustees and representatives from our General Members in Good Standing are cordially invited to nominate candidates for seats on the ARIN Board of Trustees and Advisory Council to serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2020.

To view the initial requirements and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and/or Advisory Council, please visit the pages below:

  • Board of Trustees
  • Advisory Council

Anyone may nominate a candidate to serve on the Number Resource Organization Number Council (NRO NC). Information on that body is available on the NRO Number Council page.

Be sure to mark all dates in the 2019 election calendar to make sure you don’t miss a step in this important process. While you’re looking over the calendar, make a note to update or establish your Voting Contact by 16 September – you won’t be able to vote without one!

ARIN’s 2018 Annual Report

The 2018 ARIN Annual Report is now available! In case you missed it, the report includes:

  • An overview of our mission, services, and structure
  • Updates from our President & Chief Executive Officer and Board of Trustees Chairman
  • A summary of 2018 accomplishments from our Chief Operations Officer and Service Level Report
  • Department highlights and Internet Governance participation report
  • A recap of 2018 outreach events and public policy discussions
  • An overview of our Policy Development Process (PDP) and Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) changes
  • Activity reports from the Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and NRO Number Council
  • Internet number resource statistics for 2018 and historical activity

You can view the full annual report and also the 2018 Auditor’s Report.

Visit the ARIN Help Desk

The ARIN Help Desk is going to be making an appearance at a few upcoming industry events! If you’d like a chance to meet some of our Registration Services team and ask specific questions about your resources or pending requests, you will definitely want to make time to chat with these folks.

The ARIN Help Desk will be available at:

  • NANOG 76: 9-12 June in Washington, DC
  • CANTO 35th Conference & Trade Exhibition: 21-24 July in Trinidad and Tobago
  • WISPAPALOOZA 2019: 14-18 October in Las Vegas, NV

Do you know of an upcoming meeting or event where you think an ARIN Help Desk would be beneficial to the attendees? If so, let us know by emailing our meeting team at meetings@arin.net.

We have a plethora of policy proposals under discussion, including:

Pending Board of Trustees Review:

  • ARIN-2017-12: POC Notification and Validation Upon Reassignment or Reallocation
  • ARIN-2018-2: Clarification to ISP Initial Allocation
  • ARIN-2018-5: Disallow Third-party Organization Record Creation
  • ARIN-edit-2019-1: Remove IPv4 Reference in NRPM Section 6.10.1

Draft Policies:

  • ARIN-2018-6: Clarify Reassignment Requirements in 4.2.3.7.1
  • ARIN-2019-1: Clarify Section 4 IPv4 Request Requirements
  • ARIN-2019-2: Waiting List Block Size Restriction
  • ARIN-2019-3: Update 4.10 – IPv6 Deployment Block
  • ARIN-2019-4: Allow Inter-regional IPv6 Resource Transfers
  • ARIN-2019-5: Validation of Abuse-mailbox
  • ARIN-2019-6: Longer Hold Time Requirements for 4.1.8 Recipients
  • ARIN-2019-7: Elimination of the Waiting List
  • ARIN-2019-8: Clarification of Section 4.10 for Multiple Discrete Networks
  • ARIN-2019-9: Clarify Interactions Between NRPM 4.10 IPv6 Transition Space Requests and NRPM 4.1.8.2 Unmet Needs Requests
  • ARIN-2019-10: Inter-RIR M&A
  • ARIN-2019-11: M&A Regional Nexus Exclusion
  • ARIN-2019-12: M&A Legal Jurisdiction Exclusion
  • ARIN-2019-13: ARIN Membership Legal Jurisdiction Exclusion
  • ARIN-2019-14: No Specified Transfers for 4.1.8.2 Blocks

You can find the status of current policy discussions and subscribe to ARIN-PPML (Public Policy Mailing List) to voice your opinions. And remember, membership is not required to participate!

In May, we added some new features to ARIN Online:

  • Completed a number of infrastructure improvements and performed multiple bug fixes.
  • Made improvements to the combined web search and Whois/RDAP search functions, including:
    • Adding the ability to select entities (such as POCs, Orgs, and Customers) in search results to get entity information.
    • Improving query behavior when a user searches for single-word entity names.
    • Returning nameservers in domain queries.
  • Added Google captcha feature to account creation to provide added security.
  • Created additional messaging to notify users of payment status when using a credit card to pay an invoice in the Payments & Billing page.
  • Resolved issues with screen display and usability on certain mobile devices.
  • Fixed parsing issues with third-party library used by the CIDR calculator.
  • Completed work to transition ARIN systems to a stateless architecture to reduce timeouts for users and lessen downtime required for system maintenance. Note: As part of this change, the server used with some REST calls (that download files using your API key) has changed. ARIN has put redirects in place, but you may need to manually configure your scripts to point to the correct server. Please refer to the following pages for information on how to configure these commands and to obtain the correct sample commands:
    • Downloading Bulk Whois Data
    • Downloading the Report of Resources with No Valid POCs
    • Downloading the Specified Transfer Listing Service (STLS) file

Our Featured Policy Requirement:

AS Numbers (NRPM 5.0)

In our last issue of Bits, we mentioned that you can now transfer ASNs through Inter-RIR resource transfers. We’d like to point out that ARIN also has plenty of ASNs available to be issued to organizations in the ARIN service region. If your organization needs to register a unique ASN to Multi-home with Border Gateway Protocol or will have a unique routing policy, your next step will be to submit your request through your ARIN Online account. Additional information and instructions can be found on our Autonomous System Numbers page.

A Tip from Our Registration Services Department:

ARIN Online user accounts are created so that you can log in to ARIN Online to manage your records, request resources, and use our many other services. Accounts are to be used by individuals and should not be shared. Each individual gains access to records by linking their user account to their Point of Contact (POC) and Organization Identifier (Org ID). Additional information on web accounts, POCs, and Org IDs can be found on the ARIN Account Management page.

Check out these customer and member statistics (as of 31 May 2019):

  • 38,313 total customer organizations, including 6,054 member organizations
  • 384 8.3 Transfers and 58 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2019
  • 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2019: 15 to APNIC, 27 to RIPE NCC, 8 from APNIC, 8 from RIPE NCC
  • 59.6% of members have an IPv6 block

Blog Spotlight

Ever wondered how ARIN handles reports of route hijacking? In a recent blog by RSD director John Sweeting, we go over exactly what ARIN’s internal processes are for handling route hijacking reports. This includes investigation, communication, and eventually, resolution of the issue.

Other recent TeamARIN blogs include IPv6 case studies, sponsorship information for our upcoming meetings, economic factors affecting IPv6 deployment, and more.

See you in September!

We’ll see you next quarter. Have a great summer!

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ARIN’s RDAP and Whois Services: Getting the Information You Need

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You have been using a “Whois” tool for years to look up network-related information at ARIN. (The term “Whois” is a commonly-used term that can have multiple meanings, but we’ve been using it to mean a service ARIN provides for you to get data, such as name and contact information, about people who register a resource like an IP address, ASN, or domain.)

There have been some recent changes at ARIN to our search services, and you might be wondering what tools ARIN now provides to look up public registration data for Internet resources. Here’s a quick primer to let you know about what we offer.

Many of ARIN’s users prefer to use a web-based search tool to get the registration data they need, and we offer two of those: Whois/RDAP and Whois-RWS. These tools are named for their underlying protocols: Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) and RESTful Web Service (RWS). This graphic provides a brief overview of the differences between the two:

One of the main benefits of Whois/RDAP is that you can use it to get information about resources managed by all of the other RIRs and domain name registries/registrars that support RDAP—not just those managed by ARIN. (Keep in mind that each RIR and registrar stores data about their resources a little differently, so information retrieved on those resources might vary.) Another RDAP benefit is that it supports “bootstrapping,” which helps your queries get directed to the right place faster. ARIN uses RDAP in its “Combined Search Site or Whois” tool that is located on ARIN web pages, and provides separate RDAP documentation on its site.

ARIN also still provides access to its own registration data using Whois-RWS. Although you can search for information on resources managed by other RIRs, you’ll only receive pointers to those records. You also can’t get domain information from Whois-RWS. We provide Whois-RWS documentation here.

If you’re using scripts or developing applications to get Whois data, both Whois/RDAP and Whois-RWS provide an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows you to build queries to get data directly. We provide more information about those commands for Whois-RWS and RDAP on our site.

For users wanting to use a command-line interface to get Whois data, ARIN provides a traditional Whois service that you can access through a terminal window, and we offer NicInfo, our RDAP client. We provide more information about using the CLI, including some command examples, on our site.

So to summarize: if you want to use a fast web tool that gives results from the most sources, give Whois/RDAP a try! If you’re only looking for ARIN-managed resources, or if you don’t want to change to a new search tool just yet, you can still use Whois-RWS. If you want a bare-bones CLI, we’ve got you covered with our Whois “port 43” service. And if you need to get Whois data programmatically, we suggest trying RDAP so you can search for ARIN and other RIR/registrar resources all from one place.

Need more info? Head here:

  • Using Whois
  • Whois/RDAP
  • Whois-RWS

Still have questions? You can contact us, or sign up for the Technical Discussions mailing list and ask questions of others in the community.

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See how this WordPress plugin helps you build an eCommerce site. Get your store online, and start getting paid, with WooCommerce.


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Learn all about Gutenberg, the WordPress content editor, and see how you can create great-looking pages fast—with no technical knowledge required.


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In Data we Trust – Balancing Data Innovation with Data Protection

By Darren Watkins, managing director for VIRTUS Data Centres

When a friend asked a 19-year old Mark Zuckerberg how he’d managed to get more than 4,000 email addresses from fellow students, he responded: “People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They trust me.”

Not a great thing to be quoted saying, especially when there have been numerous data scare stories, with Facebook leading the pack. You may remember last year when Facebook faced unilateral criticism for releasing personal information to powerful analytical engine Cambridge Analytica.

Since this scandal, it’s likely that Zuckerberg regrets his teenage bravado, but in many ways, that throwaway comment is so shocking today because it is reflective of our changing relationship with data.

There has subsequently been a barrage of promises in response – by politicians, especially in Europe, but also by tech executives – who say that they will do their best to tighten up controls over our data and even introduce new laws to punish blatant malpractice. Facebook itself started a bounty program which will rewards people who find cases of data abuse on its platforms.

Beyond the scandals, despite the much-documented sense of wariness towards big data applications and the commercial use of personal data by private companies, there are fundamental changes to business processes that come with data use. As executive awareness in the potential power of data has taken hold, businesses have struggled with how best to organize around data – as an activity, a business function and a capability.

What is clear is that we need to come to terms with the fact that big data is here to stay. It’s too intrinsically woven into the fabric of society to go away – it powers healthcare, travel, shopping and even the way we meet and fall in love – it makes the world go around. The onus is firmly on the companies who deal with data to work to build (or rebuild) public trust. They must demonstrate that the data they rely on to do business, is stored, processed and used appropriately. Only then will consumers realize that the good outweighs the bad.

How to get big data right

So how do firms throw off the shackles of the ever-present scandals and ensure that they’re meeting the public demands for transparency, responsibility and security when it comes to big data?

Many would agree that the companies hit by data breaches or scandals have a big PR job to do to mend tarnished reputations. Apologies must be open and chief execs held accountable. One of the biggest jobs to do is far more fundamental than messaging and PR – and is firmly in the back office of a company. Making sure that big data doesn’t become synonymous with big danger is an operation which starts in the data centre.

The building blocks

The data centre sits at the heart of an organization. You might be forgiven for thinking that the IT department isn’t the natural home of innovation and business leadership as it once was, but the big data revolution can only efficiently be delivered from purpose built, highly efficient data centres. When it comes to data applications, responsible innovation is a commitment to balancing the need to deliver compelling, engaging, products and services, with the need to make sure data is stored, processed, managed and used properly. This process starts way away from the headlines or the CEO statements. Getting the data centre strategy right means that companies have an intelligent and scalable asset that enables choice and growth. But get it wrong, and entire businesses are at risk.

We all know that there’s a lot of data out there; according to IBM, 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather shopper information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transactions and cell phone GPS signals to name just a few.

What companies want to do with the data is increasingly complex too. Many applications demand real-time or near real-time responses, and information from big data is increasingly used to make vital business decisions. All this means intense pressure on the security, servers, storage and network of any organization – and the impact of these demands is being felt across the entire technological supply chain. IT departments need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management to be able to proactively meet the demands that come with processing, storing and analyzing machine generated data. Indeed, it’s no exaggeration to say that the data centre strategy could be crucial to big data’s ultimate success or failure.

To be successful, companies need to strike a precarious balance between innovation and data protection. At one end of the spectrum, there is distrust of the use of data beyond limited, specifically identified purposes. At the other end, the recognition that data is a valuable asset suggests that its more widespread use could empower innovation and economic opportunity. This is a complex argument, which isn’t likely to be categorically solved anytime soon. But whichever side of the fence you fall on, there is a duty for companies who work with data to manage it appropriately. It is imperative that companies have an infrastructure that anticipates growth in data volumes and expansion of data types as well as developing an institutional culture that fundamentally understands the importance of big data. Personnel at every level must work with a mindset that ensures the entry of complete, accurate and uniform data – essentially good data “hygiene”.

Good data hygiene extends to the organization of data too, encompassing well-defined schemas, an organized data architecture and more. This approach allows companies to perform analytics faster, ensuring the data they’re working with is accurate, current and used appropriately. But of course, data storage, processing and maintenance can be expensive.

The big security challenges

For even the biggest organizations, the cost of having (and maintaining) a wholly owned data centre can be prohibitively high. By choosing colocation, companies are effectively achieving the best of both worlds; renting a small slice of the best uninterruptible power and grid supply, with backup generators, super-efficient cooling, 24/7 security and resilient path multi-fiber connectivity that money can buy that has direct access to public cloud platforms to provide the full array of IT infrastructure, and all for a fraction of the cost of buying and implementing themselves.

Perhaps most crucially, the “buy” option when it comes to data centre strategy addresses reliability and security concerns. These concerns mean that a wholesale move to standard, cloud – where security may not be as advanced – isn’t an option. Instead the savviest organizations are quickly recognizing that deploying a hybrid cloud strategy, within a shared environment means that IT can more easily expand and grow, without compromising security or performance.

Of course, colocation or managed services can help to deal with disaster recovery needs. There’s a growing recognition and acceptance that, wherever your data resides, sooner or later it will be compromised, so it’s important to know how to prepare for the inevitable rather than to try and defend the impossible. When you buy a service from an expert, it’s their business to get you up and running again quickly.

Now is a crucial point in the history of big data and there’s scope to get it very right, or very wrong. Data isn’t a demon – but we need to be mindful of the potential for corruption and risk, as well as the significant benefits. Proper infrastructure and good data management can only help to control the bad and make the good better.

We are only just at the very beginning of this data revolution – we need data in our business and personal lives. But consumer demand drives everything and big data is no different. As the public grows more wary of data breaches, the pressure will (and already has) come to bear on the business community to pay more attention to securing, storing and using data in the right way. Countermeasures that used to be optional are now becoming standard and are putting increased pressure is being put on company’s IT systems and processes. It’s in the data centre where companies can take firm control – avoid the scandals and make sure that innovation is done right.