Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Data Center Metrics, Data center operations, Uptime Institute M&O Stamp | Posted on 28-09-2012
Fortune Data Centers CEO John Sheputis discusses his company’s experience as an early adopter of Uptime Institute’s Management and Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval, a third party validation of data center operational excellence.
Human error is the leading cause of data center downtime. Poor operations practices can defeat the most resilient data center design. Uptime Institute addressed this issue by forming a coalition of leading data center owners and operators. The M&O Coalition ratified a set of industry-wide operational practices that became the M&O Stamp of approval.
For more information: Uptime Institute M&O Stamp.
Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Data center energy efficiency, Data center media, Green IT, IT and Facilities Management Integration, Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 25-09-2012
This post is the first in a series, a conversation about the NY Times articles on the data center industry.
On Sunday, September 22 the New York Times published the first article in a series about the physical structures that make up the cloud, and their impact on our environment. The first article, “Power, Pollution and the Internet,” focused on the inefficient operating practices rampant in the data center industry. Kenneth Brill, Hank Seader and Bruce Taylor of the Uptime Institute were quoted in the article. The Sunday issue of The New York Times has a circulation of just over 2 million and NYTimes.com is the most popular American newspaper website averaging more than 30 million hits each month.
Uptime Institute is pleased to see this issue receiving attention in the national media, but the initial article on the front page of the Sunday New York Times did not recognize the progress that’s been made by the industry, and did not reflect the path that the industry is on for even further efficiency gains.
In fact, in the six years since Uptime Institute took up the task to improve the economics and sustainability of global enterprise IT, the data center industry has dramatically improved energy efficiency.
These improvements have come from the data center facility management and design field – the traditional constituency of the Uptime Institute – and are largely attributable to data center designers and operators providing more efficient cooling of IT equipment.
Companies are taking a number of steps to improve data center efficiency, especially related to airflow containment, increased inlet air temperature on servers, and increased monitoring of cooling. This is a positive trend in terms of cost, efficacy, and enhanced consciousness of the industry overall. These improvements can typically be accomplished inexpensively and with current staff resources.
The graphic below from the Uptime Institute 2012 Data Center Industry Survey outlines the steps large organizations (data centers managing over 2,000 servers) are taking to improve data center efficiency. These large organizations have the resources and financial incentives to wring the most effectiveness out of their data center infrastructures.
Let’s try to put this efficiency improvement into quantifiable terms, specifically improved PUE.
Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is a metric used to determine the energy efficiency of a data center’s facility infrastructure. In 2007, Uptime Institute surveyed its Network members (a user group of large, traditional enterprise data center owners and operators) and determined the average enterprise data center had a PUE of 2.5. This means that for every 2.5 watts in at the utility meter, only one watt is delivered out to the computing load. According to our 2012 survey, featuring 1,100 enterprise data center end users, the average global, self-reported PUE is between 1.8-1.89, a significant improvement over early estimates.
Uptime Institute acknowledges that self-reported, averaged PUE numbers are a blunt tool for assessing data center infrastructure efficiency. But companies measure PUE with increasing accuracy and detail and PUE is an accepted indicator of the industry’s progress.
Steps to further improve mechanical efficiency are necessary but will be incremental, and minor compared to the potential for energy savings on the IT side, as reducing the IT load has the double benefit of reducing the required mechanical load as well. Yet, IT practitioners are not incentivized to reduce energy consumption, as typically IT organizations are not responsible for paying the power bill.
Only 20% of IT Departments pay the power bill
The first round of data center efficiency gains were low-cost improvements, self-funding projects. Facilities executives led the first charge to improve data center energy efficiency because the cost of inefficiency was allocated to their department. Uptime Institute has long maintained that future improvements in data center efficiency will depend on incentivizing IT practitioners to take the next steps.
IT operations staff can drive exponential improvements in data center efficiency and effectiveness. IT organizations that will benefit most are those that take a systematic approach, starting at the application and data layers: consolidating applications and servers, de-duplicating data, removing comatose but power-draining servers, building redundancy into the applications and IT architecture rather than physical systems, improving server utilization; these initiatives will result in the most significant efficiency gains and drive the next wave of energy-efficiency innovation. But today, according to the 2012 survey data, only 20% of organizations’ IT departments pay the data center power bill.
Driving behavior and deployment changes to IT from the facilities operations side is a difficult task, but there is one area where both sides of IT delivery can come together and make a significant impact on data center energy consumption is killing comatose servers.
Uptime Institute conservatively estimated up to 10% of enterprise servers are running obsolete or unused software, have no function at all, yet remain in operation. 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. But it takes hard work to identify comatose servers and many organizations do not go through the effort. Last year, Uptime Institute introduced an annual contest (Server Roundup) to encourage the removal and recycling of obsolete IT equipment in an effort to decrease data center energy use.
Uptime Institute strongly encourages participation in this year’s contest, details and rules posted here. Last year’s first place winner, AOL, rounded up close to 10,000 servers and saved its organization over $5 million.
Since 2006, the mission of Uptime Institute Symposium has been to continuously increase uptime and global IT productivity through benchmarking and collaborative learning. Over the years, the Institute focused on identifying practical, immediate data center design and operations improvements that yield significant energy savings without capital expenditure, and offering strategies for breaking down the organizational barriers that undermine progress.
Uptime Institute Symposium has been a driving force for progress in Green Enterprise IT – challenging the largest data center operators in the world to deal with runaway energy consumption, making IT energy efficiency a C-level issue, and providing the platform that launched The Green Grid.
Engage with us at our annual spring event that brings together industry stakeholders in enterprise IT, finance, executive management, data center facilities, and corporate real estate to deal with the critical issues surrounding enterprise computing. At Symposium, the best minds in the business meet to share knowledge and discuss how the IT industry can meet its collective goals of performance, availability, energy efficiency, and profitability.
At Symposium, Uptime Institute grants Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards to projects, ideas, and products that significantly improve energy productivity and resource use in IT. The Awards are open to applicants in all countries and are carefully judged by a committee of independent experts. These provide groundbreaking, repeatable case studies and the industry’s highest honor for corporate IT sustainability.
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Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Network | Posted on 07-09-2012
Next month, Uptime Institute Network North America members will convene on the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, GA to share best practices, tour world class data centers and interact with industry thought leaders. This annual conference gathers an elite group of data center operations professionals in a confidential, private setting.
Topics covered at this year’s event include:
• New analysis of the Uptime Institute Abnormal Incident Reporting database
• EPA Tier4 Emissions regulations for stationary, non-emergency generators
• Modular data center deployment
• Heat/airflow containment technology
• Disaster recovery planning
• Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) implementation
• UPS and cooling system designs
• Data center maintenance best practices
• IT product evaluations across server, storage, and networking systems
• Data center capacity planning
• Data center training and skills.
The Uptime Institute formed the Uptime Institute Network in 1993 to directly address and resolve issues affecting continuous site infrastructure availability. The Network’s mission is to identify, quantify, and improve infrastructure availability by facilitating information exchange among members, as well as between members and the Institute’s faculty of industry experts. The Network (North America, Europe, Middle East, & Africa [EMEA], Asia Pacific [APAC] and Brasil) are a consortium of member companies responsible for the most critical data centers worldwide. Through unique member-driven collaborative learning, members of the Network have steadily achieved higher levels of availability.
Click here for more information on joining the Uptime Institute Network. Or contact Anton Hios, Vice President, Global Director Uptime Institute Network +1-212-991-6298 email@example.com for more information on the Network or the meeting.
Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Cloud Computing | Posted on 06-09-2012
451 Research’s 8th Annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit North America (HCTS-NA), North America’s go-to convergence event for the Internet Infrastructure, colocation and third-party services industry, is just two weeks away and there is only limited space available. There are over 700 IT executives, cloud decision-makers, vendors and investors expected to attend HCTS NA this year. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend HCTS NA, the networking event of the industry. Register today before registration closes.
Topics to be discussed at this year’s Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit include:
-451 Research Analysts Carl Brooks and Jim Davis will lead a panel discussion, ‘Managed Hosting – Staying the in the Game,’ with executives from Rackspace and Dreamhost.
-Executives from Digital Realty, Fortrust, QTS, and ViaWest will participate in a panel discussion on ‘The Evolving Multi-Tenant Datacenter Market – Beyond Colo and Wholesale.’
-451 Research VP William Fellows and a panel of industry experts from Cloudsoft, HP, Nimbula, and Solidfire will discuss best practices for a multi-cloud world – migrating, developing, deploying and orchestrating applications on private and hosted clouds.
-Peter Hopper, co-founder and CEO of DH Capital will provide a leadership perspective on valuation and M&A in the data center and managed hosting sectors.
-451 Research VP Rachel Chalmers will deliver a keynote presentation on ‘The Internet of Everything – The Impact of BYOD and Other Smart Devices on IT.’
-451 Research Managing Director Ken Male provides a reality check on enterprise cloud adoption.
Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the networking event of the year. Join 451 Research Analysts and key industry leaders at the 8th Annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit as we discuss, debate and interact. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Data center colocation, Data center design, Data center operations, Prefab modular data centers, Uptime Institute Professional Services, Uptime Institute Tier Certification, Uptime Tier Certification Awards | Posted on 05-09-2012
Colt recently earned Uptime Institute’s Tier III Certification of Design Documents for two halls inside its London 3 facility. The Tier III Design Certification is an independent assessment of the capability of the design to continue to sustain computer room operations during any maintenance activity.
Earlier this year Colt became the first data center operator in Europe to be accredited with Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval which it was awarded for its London 3 site.
“This is great news not only for us, but for our customers as well,” wrote Victor Smith, Director of Product Development, Colt Data Centre Services. “Certification is an independent assessment of our data centres’ resilience and as such ensures that our customers can be assured they are getting the highest quality design available.”