Malta Information Technology Agency earns Tier III Facility Certification

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-08-2012

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The Malta Government’s new data center in Santa Verena recently earned Uptime Institute Tier III Facility Certification.

The Malta Information Technology Agency’s (MITA) new data center will provide online public services and IT services for Malta’s government, as well help the launch projects such as the national eLearning Platform which serves over 45,000 educators and students.

The site has static UPS systems, DX CRAC units, and diesel powered engine generators. The engine generators are very quiet to minimize the disturbance to the residents across the street. The site was certified at 200 kW, but has the ability to expand to 800 kW.

Matthew Mescall, Uptime Institute Consultant on the project, said the Tier III performance demonstration went very smoothly.

“Today’s announcement once again proves that public officers are able to deliver high quality results which are certified by international reputable entities to have reached outstanding levels,” said Dr. Godwin Grima, Chairman of MITA.

Verizon Data Center Tour

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Network | Posted on 08-08-2012

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The photos below are from a recent visit to the Verizon data center in Northeast Ohio. This site was awarded Uptime Institute Tier III Facility Certification, U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold and most recently, an Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Award.

From the press release:

Designed from the ground up with a focus on the environment, the Twinsburg Data Center spans 140,000 square feet and features energy-saving technologies, including warm water cooling, high efficiency pumps and fans, and LED lighting. In addition to an aggressive materials recycling program, the center utilizes heat from computers to warm the building and melt snow in winter around the facility. Melted snow is cleaned and recycled and used to provide water in building lavatories or to supplement the cooling system.

I was joined on the tour by staff from Akron, OH-based Peters, Tschantz & Associates, Inc. PTA provided Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Technology systems design services to Verizon Wireless for their Twinsburg Data Center. Pat Klanac, Associate, Sr. Mechanical Engineer at PTA is an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer and led the project.

Thomas Truelove, Manager IT and Data Center Operations, led the tour of the facility. Thomas is a member of the Uptime Institute Network and had just presented on the Verizon site at a recent Network meeting.

Verizon owns and operates a great looking data center, as you can see in the photos below.

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Verizon Data Center Tour

Second Annual Server Roundup contest rules

Posted by Jeannette Beltran | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 06-08-2012

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The Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest was introduced in October 2011 to encourage the removal and recycling of obsolete IT equipment in an effort to decrease data center energy use. Last year’s first place winner, AOL, rounded up close to 10,000 servers and saved its organization over $5 million. An overview of AOL’s submission and cost savings can be found here.

Decommissioning a single 1U rack server can result in a savings of $500 per year in energy costs, an additional $500 in operating system licenses, and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs.

“This contest is designed to engage the IT community to get serious about asset utilization and energy efficiency,” said Matt Stansberry, Director of Content and Publications, Uptime Institute.

CONTEST RULES:
The 2012 Server Roundup Contest is open from Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2012. Deadline for submission of materials is Feb. 1, 2013.

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? Consolidating servers? 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 submission 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.

Winners in each category will receive commemorative rodeo belt buckles and a dedicated presentation slot at Uptime Institute Symposium, May 2013, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Submit your documents for inspection to Uptime Institute’s Matt Stansberry. Also send any comments, questions, cowboy jokes. Thanks for your interest. Hike up your Wranglers, unhitch your horses, and get to work.