Invited keynotes for Uptime Institute Symposium 2013

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 19-03-2013

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In this blog post, we’re focusing on the invited Symposium Keynote speakers – three individuals who are responsible for delivering data center services around the globe.

Twitter’s data center evolution
Anoop Mavath, Director, Global Data Center Services at Twitter explains how his company has deployed data center infrastructure to keep pace with the constraints and changing demands of managing one of the most dynamic workloads on the Web. Mavath will discuss design specifications, financing models, vendor management, dynamic growth, geographic presence, energy efficiency and his company’s green programs.

The cloud will change the data center … Forever
Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services at Microsoft will present on how the latest trends in cloud computing may impact your data centers: Cloud-optimized servers, fail-in-place and self-healing IT, and a shift to OpEx-driven accounting. Belady will also share his organization’s experience, building out the cloud infrastructure to support over 200 cloud services to over a billion customers.

Building Russia’s cloud computing platform
Rostelecom is Russia’s largest national telecommunications operator with presence in all Russian regions. The organization launched a project in 2011 to develop a national cloud computing platform. Rostelecom started building its main data center in Moscow, which will become the largest in Russia, around 37 megawatts and 40,000 square meters. The organization will build smaller, 3MW data centers in regional locations. The success of any data center build out is defined by how efficient the collaboration is between various project teams. Rostelecom’s Senior Project Director Alexander Martynyuk will discuss how his organization is meeting priorities, deadlines and budget on this complex project.

Register today for Uptime Institute Symposium. We look forward to seeing you this May in Santa Clara!

Enterprise advice for cloud computing and colocation customers

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 13-03-2013

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A 2012 Uptime Institute survey of global data center owners revealed that 85% use some form of colocation or cloud computing. Yet 54% had no confidence in their ability to compare cost and performance of outsourcing alternatives dependably.

Currently, the vast majority of enterprises deploy a hybrid computing environment. The decision is no longer binary—whether or not to outsource. It’s multi-faceted—how many and how much of each alternative to deploy.

The sessions at Uptime Institute Symposium will instill confidence in your decisions when working with a third party service provider.

FORCSS: A framework for effective communication and decision making
The Special Focus of Symposium 2013 is Uptime Institute’s FORCSS™ Methodology, a means to capture, compare, and prioritize the financial, risk, and performance factors that impact IT-dependent business decisions.

FORCSS recognizes and weighs the benefits and exposures of IT or applications deployment alternatives: internal data center(s), colocation, hosting, or public cloud.

Uptime Institute will present the methodology, and host a series of executive FORCSS panels that will explore how these decisions are made at large IT organizations:
• Methods for Determining Comparative Cost of IT Service Delivery
• Quantifying the Cost of an IT Service Outage
• How to Conduct Service Quality Analysis for Internal and Third-Party Data Centers

In addition to the FORCSS programming, Uptime Institute Symposium will provide even more expert advice on how to navigate the third-party service provider landscape.

The why and how of third-party data center due diligence
Many recent media reports describe enterprise IT staff’s “shock” at a third-party data center outage. But upfront due diligence could have provided appropriate insight into the performance potential of a specific solution. Investigating and accepting the specific capabilities of third-party data center services should be baked into your organization’s outsourced Digital Infrastructure strategy. Keith Klesner of Uptime Institute will share recent downtime anecdotes and explain how to be a better customer of third-party data center services.

Large enterprises and the cloud: Time to make the move?
In this session, Ken Male will discuss how IT organization in Global 2000 Enterprises are evolving toward the use of hybrid cloud architectures. Relying on findings from TheInfoPro’s full portfolio of research, Ken will share information about barriers to adoption and enabling technologies in cloud environments, including software-defined networks, storage and networks automation, converged infrastructure platforms, and orchestration frameworks. TheInfoPro’s surveys also tracks the performance of cloud vendors such as Amazon, Verizon, Rackspace, and HP.

Register today for Uptime Institute Symposium. I look forward to seeing you this May in Santa Clara!

DCIM focus at Uptime Institute Symposium

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 07-03-2013

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From Kevin Heslin, Research Manager with 451 Group.

The sessions at Uptime Institute Symposium 2013 will help you make better decisions regarding DCIM investment and implementation.

This year’s event will feature expert-led sessions from senior DCIM analysts, peer-to-peer sharing on implementation experiences, and presentations from the leading DCIM vendors in the industry.

451 Research senior analyst Rhonda Ascierto will address the special considerations for assessing and procuring DCIM software. Many of the issues she will cover are crucial and worth underscoring, and they may not be part of a routine DCIM assessment or procurement process. Her presentation is based on a 56-page 451 Research report released in December 2012 titled Beyond the Basics: A Guide to Procuring DCIM Software.

The 451 Research team found more than 100 questions that you should ask your DCIM vendor before purchasing a DCIM product. Asking the right questions can help minimize the risk associated with DCIM by helping data center operators purchase the right level of service, avoid potential incompatibilities, and get a suitable pricing model.

451 Research Vice President Andy Lawrence will deliver a keynote entitled The Disrupted Data Center, during which he will discuss advanced DCIM, among other technologies. In my view, Andy is the world’s foremost expert on the DCIM market, with a fantastic track record anticipating how DCIM will affect data center operations. He’s simply “the right guy” to ask about DCIM and a host of other data center issues.

Uptime Institute Director of Content Matt Stansberry will present the 2013 Data Center Industry Survey results, which delve into DCIM adoption statistics, pricing, key features and barriers to adoption. This data will provide you in-depth analysis of what kinds of systems your peers are buying, and how much they’re paying for them.

I will also contribute to the program, moderating a panel of end users who have experience with DCIM implementation. I’ll ask them to describe the results they got and how those results compared with the benefits they expected. We’ll also talk about product selection, pricing, and lessons learned. What’s more, I expect to explore any difficulties the panelists had during the procurement and application processes and find out how they resolved these issues.

Register today for Uptime Institute Symposium. I look forward to seeing you this May in Santa Clara!

Take the Crisis of Facilities Management Pop Quiz

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Network, Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 06-03-2013

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The lack of attention and resource allocation to data center operations has been a looming issue since the founding of Uptime Institute. A highly resilient data center design is not enough because every design can be defeated by human error.

As market conditions and IT economics drive new data centers and consolidation, a robust facilities management program is even more essential.

Take the Crisis of Facilities Management Pop Quiz
• Are you confident in your Facilities team’s ability to manage a technologically advanced and highly efficient design to your 24×7 availability requirements?
• Can you easily replace any member of that team?
• Are you protected against poor operations practices migrating from older sites to higher-criticality data centers?
• Do you have sites that operate in isolation without adhering to global corporate standards? Do you even have corporate global standards?
• If you outsource any aspect of your data center operations, how do you avoid losing responsibility and accountability? Do you manage a contract or direct an expert team?

Attend Uptime Institute Symposium 2013 and gain the insight you need to make informed decisions for your organization. The Symposium program features dozens of sessions focusing on the challenges of the data center operations professional, including this sample:

Knowing Data Center Operational Cost IS Your Job
The Why and How of Third-Party Data Center Due Diligence
Superstorm Sandy Lessons Learned
Building a Data Center Facilities Team
High Energy Efficiency! Low workforce productivity?

We will also host a pre-conference tutorial, drawing conclusions form working with Uptime Institute clients and members to provide guidance and real-world experience on the core elements of a successful data center facilities management program.

Uptime Institute technical staff will discuss: How to better manage staff skills and qualification; the importance of thorough commissioning; and advice for developing technical documentation and maintenance policies.

Register here. We look forward to seeing you in May.