Peeking beneath the cover of ‘The Uptime Institute Journal’ Last week, I noted that Uptime Institute would soon unveil the second issue of The Uptime Institute Journal. At the time, I was working with our art director, David Wilson, and executive editor Matt Stansberry to finalize the pages before shipping them to the printer. In a few minutes, I’ll get to see the first results of that work: print proofs. As editor, these, for me, are the first tangible results of months of work by many people, especially the authors, but also the technical editors, Lee Kirby and Rob Costa, and publisher Julian Kudritzki, as well as Matt and […]
Many data center managers and IT execs will be dealing with cloud computing creep in the coming months — line of business managers provisioning cloud, IaaS, or SaaS outside of IT management corporate credit cards. Many IT managers may not even know about it until users call Helpdesk asking about support for an application that’s not in the enterprise IT portfolio.
According to Doug Toombs, Senior Analyst with Tier1 Research, the cat is already out of the bag. There’s not much IT and Data Center execs can do to stop the consumerization of IT. But there are ways to track down “Expense Report IT” and help users deploy cloud services with IT management’s oversight and guidance.
In this video from the Google 2011 Data Centre Efficiency Summit, eBay’s Dean Nelson discusses his organization’s approach to data center efficiency, and specifically in regard to matching applications to data center Tier Levels.
Nelson said when he joined eBay, all of the company’s data center assets lived in a self-assessed Tier IV facility, which he described as a “very expensive bucket.”
Luckily, the eBay IT and Facilities teams operated under same budget, with same margins, allowing Nelson and his partners look holistically across the applications to determine what resilience level was required.
“Search doesn’t need to be in a Tier IV. You can point it to a different data center. Databases, network backbones, those need to be in a Tier IV. But when you break it down, 80% of our equipment could live in a Tier II. But it was all in a Tier IV.”
Nelson said matching application to Tier Level cut eBay’s data center Cap-Ex and Op-ex in half.
In this video, Shawn Novak, a consultant with Uptime Institute’s Digital Infrastructure Services, discusses how his team applies Uptime Institute’s Digital Infrastructure Roadmap to help companies optimize data center utilization.
Computerworld reports that the Los Alamos National Lab has shut down two of its largest supercomputers, as wildfires continue to burn near this sprawling New Mexico facility. According to the National Climate Data Center, there were 6,625 fires which burned approximately 1.1 million acres in May — the most acres burned during the month of May on record.
Terry Altom, Uptime Institute Professional Services consultant said smoke from wildfires could impact a data center. The filtration system may not remove all of the particulates. Therefore, smoke will reach the interior of the data center. Data center cooling units typically have smoke detectors within them to shut them down. If smoke has infiltrated the building, the smoke detectors will shut the units down.
Computerworld quoted Uptime Institute’s Vince Renaud, “Once the cooling systems are shut down you are kind of done.” Meaning that once cooling systems turn off, the IT equipment will hit their temperature thresholds rather quickly. At that point, systems have to be shut down, he said.
For buildings with VESDA systems, the problem could be worse because VESDA systems are more sensitive.
How long can you expect a data center to last? Pitt Turner, Uptime Institute Executive Director, discusses the practical life expectancy of a data center, and how the decisions companies make up front determine the useful lifetime of a data center facility.
Uptime Institute is now regularly publishing online videos: profiling data center leaders, commenting on new tools and metrics and showcasing data center operational excellence in its Network membership.