Uptime Institute hires modular data center deployment expert Debbie Seidman

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 17-10-2011

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Uptime Institute Professional Services recently hired new Director of Technical Services, Debbie Seidman. She will be managing Uptime Institute’s delivery of Design and Facility Tier Certifications worldwide.

Seidman’s previous jobs include deploying modular data center products for HP, developing data center utility rebate programs with Xcel Energy, and over twenty years experience as a facility project manager and operations engineer.

Modular data center experience: Seidman’s role at HP was liaison between HP and customers, making sure the customer had the appropriate infrastructure in place before the Pod arrived. She also oversaw start-up, commissioning and turn-over processes.

Seidman said modular data centers (prefab units delivered on site) allow companies to roll out a staged deployment, a piece at a time. It’s quicker than traditional construction, and there can be cost advantages.

On the other hand, Seidman said brick and mortar data centers allow for more design flexibility, and that some geographic locations may have long term permit issues with regard to prefab structures for aesthetic reasons.

“I don’t think we’ll see the entire data center market going modular, Seidman said. “It’s adaptable, compact, and can be less expensive in upfront costs. But you can’t just plug these things in, you need to ensure the infrastructure is in place.”

At Xcel Energy, Seidman was responsible for driving data center adoption of demand-side energy efficiency rebates. One of the objectives of the program was to drive cooperation between facilities and IT departments.

Energy efficient IT equipment, efficient server power supplies, server virtualization software, or energy efficient UPS systems all cost more money upfront. Seidman said there is a payback over time, but companies don’t always analyze the total cost of ownership. So utilities step in to encourage implementing more efficient equipment.

“Energy efficient rebate money is available, it’s up to the owners to pursue it,” Seidman said. “Data center operators are risk averse people, and trying something new takes additional time and work. A rebate can bring the costs down, but it takes more effort than a standard design. But people should know about their utility’s rebate programs. It’s available to them as a rate payer.”

Uptime Institute is proud to welcome Debbie Seidman to the team.

Inaugural Uptime Institute Server Roundup Contest

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-10-2011

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Howdy partners. We’re pleased to announce the first Uptime Institute Server Roundup. A roundup, according to Merriam-Webster, is the act or process of collecting animals (cattle) by riding around them and driving them in; a gathering in of scattered persons or things.

So get out from behind that desk and saddle up. It’s time to bring in those little doggies holed up in a server closet, sitting idle on the raised floor, wasting power and cooling resources. Based upon our field experience, up to 10% of those servers in your racks aren’t doing anything.

We recently heard of a major enterprise data center in New Zealand, fine cattle country by the way, that removed 20% of its servers that were sitting comatose.

Decommissioning a single 1U rack server can result in $500 per year in energy savings, an additional $500 in operating system licenses, and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs. That’s not chump change.

Instead of piddling around shaving a point off your PUE, it’s time to get focused on what will make a real difference. It takes hard work to get in there and look for duplicated or unused applications, out-of-date, obsolete servers. We need you to drive in those wobbly old steer and replace them with more efficient, virtualized hardware.

Uptime Institute is offering a reward (or a bounty) on your obsolete machines. All participants in the Uptime Institute Server Roundup will receive a T-shirt and a badge for their web sites. Winners in each category will receive a commemorative rodeo belt buckle to proudly display on their corporate trophy rooms, desks—or if so bold—on their belts. The winners will also receive free passes and a dedicated presentation slot at Uptime Institute Symposium, May 13-17, 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif.

The rules: Two winners will be determined, one for most IT equipment removed, one for largest percentage of IT equipment removed. We don’t care how you get there. Going virtual? Server consolidation? Moving to the cloud? Going out of business?! We don’t care. Just unplug and decommission those machines.

Paperwork: What’s the proof? We want to see a paper trail. Send us change records. Do you Identify machines by server name or serial number. Removed 752 servers? We want to see the submittal of the work. Did you send the hardware to a recycler? Send us the receipt.

Results: We want to know how much energy you saved. Send us the UPS output reading before the change and after the change. You can do it right in the flow of work.

Photos: Send us a few before and after photos. Servers in the cabinets, servers in the docks going out. It doesn’t have to be exhaustive. Extra credit for creativity.

Submit your documents for inspection to Uptime Institute’s Hank Seader ([email protected]). Also send any comments, questions, cowboy jokes. Thanks for your interest. Hike up your Wranglers, unhitch your horses, and get to work.

Deadline: Contest closes Feb 1st, 2012.

Photo transition: Moscow Tire Factory to Tier III data center

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-10-2011

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Uptime Institute recently awarded Russian colo provider DataSpace Tier III Facility Certification, the first such designation in Eastern Europe. DataSpace converted an aging Moscow Tire Factory into a Tier III Data Center, photos below.

DataSpace earns Uptime Institute Tier III Facility Certification

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-10-2011

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Uptime Institute, the global data center authority, awarded DataSpace Tier III Facility Certification, the first such designation in Russia and Eastern Europe.

There is a huge amount of data center demand in Russia, and the capacity to meet that demand is constrained by limited in-country technical resources.

“This is an important milestone in the modernization of Russia’s infrastructure and supports Moscow becoming a financial center,” said David Hamner, DataSpace CEO. “Financial institutions and other modern enterprises, both global and local, rely on uninterrupted and secured data processing operations and we’ve introduced the industry standard facility product to the market”.

Pitt Turner, Executive Director of the Uptime Institute and Ken Brill, its Founder, jointly presented the award to Hamner and his team during the EMEA conference of Uptime Institute Network.

”We are very pleased to award Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility to DataSpace 1,” announced Turner. “As the first Certified Facility in Russia and Eastern Europe, this is a landmark accomplishment in the region. DataSpace hereby joins a short list of leading service providers who have voluntarily engaged Uptime Institute as an unbiased third-party to validate thoroughly the data center’s high performance capability.”

Asked to summarize what Tier III really means, Turner responded: “Tier III means Concurrent Maintainability — that the data center will never be shut down to maintain or replace the heating and cooling equipment. Because all planned facilities shutdowns are eliminated, DataSpace 1 is a true 24 x 7 data center. Tier III Facility Certification is further significant because many data center operators claim to have Tier III, but only a small number have been verified as true.”

Vincent Renaud, who leads the Uptime Institute Tier Certification Team, said, “Tier III Facility Certification is only successful with a diligent owner and world-class delivery by the project team throughout the construction and commissioning. DataSpace was one of the best prepared projects that I have encountered.”

“When we looked at the market in 2008, we saw a lot of false claims about Tier III and knew from the beginning we would need to demonstrate what it really means and bring a truly world class data center to the market,” Hamner said. “We enlisted HP/CFS, Mercury and Schneider Electric as key partners and working together with Uptime Institute’s supervision from the beginning, we were able to accomplish the task. Of all the data centers around the world I’ve been associated with in my career, this is the best.”