Archive | September 11, 2017

Environmental advantages of Suspended Particle Device Glass Technology

The idea of the “home of the future” usually contrasts with the idea of environmental responsibility. The perception of technology being detrimental to ecologicial stability is slowly being replaced with the advent of smart technologies such as Suspended Particle Device or SPD glass.

What is SPD Glass?

In the area of light control, there are three main technologies: polymer liquid crystal devices (PDLC), suspended particle devices (SPD) and Electro chromic devices (EC). All three may be used to produce smart glass, which is described as a glass that can change its light transmission when a voltage is applied. In a nutshell these technologies control the opacity of glass via a control method (sensors, remotes, wall switches etc) to regulate the amount of light allowed to pass through it. SPD is generally the technology of choice for use in external or solar control windows because of its reliability, price, performance, and manufacturing advantages and aesthetics.

Energy and Lighting Costs

In terms of home and office environment SPD glass facades, windows and skylights can be used to more efficiently reduce the need for air conditioning during the summer months and heating during winter.

The ability to instantly switch the glass to maximize daylight when it’s really needed and to provide controllable solar shading during peak light conditions is valuable and unique. SPD Glass has even advanced to the stage where light sensors can automatically adjust the opacity of the glass according to programmed settings. This low energy electric current saves overall temperature control and lighting costs and also reduced carbon emissions related to building maintenance.

Hygiene and Health

These SPD glass panels provide a hygienic alternative to curtains and blinds as they do not trap bacteria, grime and dust. Easily cleaned surfaces mean both a savings on cleaning agents and a cleaner environment for homeowners and building owners. Taking advantage of healthy natural lighting without the glare is the smart way to reduce eye strain and protect the skin from UV damage.

Maintenance savings

Professionally manufactures Suspended Particle Device technologies such as SPD glass utilise a highly durable, solid-state technology with no moving parts to wear out or break. Sun damage such a fading carpets, artwork and furniture is also greatly reduced making your interiors last longer. If you combine this interior longevity with the longevity of the physical glass itself you have a winning combination for your pocket and for the environment.

Precautionary Action Plan Of Hardware Failure In High Availability Database Servers

Hardware failures pertain to failures experienced by different component such as disks, controllers, CPUs, memory, routers, gateways, cables, tape drives, fans, and so on. Such failures generally call for the malfunctioning component to be repaired or replaced. Once thats done, regular operations can be restarted. It is important to maintain multiple components for those susceptible to frequent failures. Single points of failures are common causes of high downtime. For instance, twin-tailed disks that connected across two nodes or mirrored disks allow systems to remain functional even when a node or mirror goes down in the case of a node going down, there may be a brief disruption, again depending on the fail-over solution implemented.

If just a single component is maintained, during the time it is being repaired or replaced in the repair window, service will be unavailable. Sometimes, the time required to obtain a component can be horrendously long. For example, when we blew a disk controller at a client site, the hardware engineers determined that the component needed to be totally replaced. It was not available locally and had to be flown in from out of state, taking at least two days to get in and be replaced. Situations like these can cause tremendous downtime.

There is a chance of failure of hard disk or disk controllers too. Important thing is that, we cant able to judge this kind of hardware failure. But for precautionary action plan, we need backup server in high availability database server environment. If backup server is not possible in every cases then we need to make strong Service Level Agreement SLA with strict condition and response time with hardware vendors. Sometime we need to put some penalty clause too in response time measurement of replacement and availability of failure component. Using this trick we are able to maintain lowest downtime for high availability database servers.

A two-day service interruption may cause a company to out of business in certain cases. To avoid situations like these, some of my clients have a component availability guarantee clause put in all hardware contracts, wherein the vendor would ensure that specific components prone to failure would be available locally or obtained within an acceptable predetermined time period from specific remote sources for immediate replacement. Identify all critical components are augment them with clones.

Additionally, all hardware should be maintained securely inside cabinets to prevent accidental or intentional damage. All guidelines from the manufacturer temperature, proximity to other devices, and so on should be strictly followed. Cabling should be done as neatly as possible, so as not to get in the way of people walking about. Raised floors in your data centers greatly help in preventing accidents.