Uptime Institute COO speaks on green data center trends at the 2013 International Green Data Center Symposium in Taiwan


Julian Kudritzki and Philip Hu

Julian Kudritzki and Philip Hu at the 2013 International Green Data Center Symposium in Taiwan

The Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan (the highest Taiwan government unit for IT industry development), organized the first Green Data Center conference, held 9 September 2013 at the International Convention Center in Taipei. Conference topics dove into best practices, PUE measurements, cooling technology, and the policy and status of green data center certifications.

Noted speakers included Uptime Institute COO Julian Kudritzki. Mr. Kudritzki addressed trends in green data centers as found in the annual Data Center Industry Survey. The survey showed that reducing data center energy consumption is very important to 71% of Asian respondents. This conference dedicated to that topic confirms the growing importance of the green data center

Posted by Sarah Lee Thomas on 19-09-2013
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Lee Kirby brings wide data center and military expertise to Uptime Institute


Lee Kirby

Lee Kirby

Lee Kirby joined Uptime Institute in July 2013 as Senior Vice President. He brings a deep and broad background in data center operations and a wealth of other experiences that he’ll apply to Uptime Institute programs, including the Uptime Institute Network. Kirby is probably best known for assignments he held at two of the industry’s best-known companies between 2006 and 2012. From 2006-2011, he was Vice President and General Manager at Lee Technologies, and from 2011-2012, he was Vice President of Strategic Operations at Skanska.

The skill sets Kirby has acquired reflect his broad data center experience, and these experiences will serve him well as he works on Uptime Institute and Uptime Institute Network projects.

As SVP, Kirby will provide consulting services to corporations and government agencies with critical uptime needs in their data centers. In the past, his clients have included worldwide leaders from industries such as banking, insurance, healthcare, government, technology, shipping, airlines and railways, telecommunications, aeronautics, retail, and IT outsourcing, among others, with the common need of minimizing downtime to their internal and external customers.

Kirby’s entrepreneurial side emerged in January 2013, when he founded Salute Inc. Salute is the logical convergence of his passion for the data center industry and his 26 years of military service, including 10 years of active duty. In the military, Kirby served as a Special Forces Officer and Civil Affairs Officer in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. He successfully planned and executed a variety of missions, including drug interdiction, intelligence gathering, counter-insurgency, civil affairs, psychological operations, building civil capacity (governance, rule of law and public health), reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance.

Kirby founded Salute to address his belief that veterans, even those without technical experience, could readily train to meet the challenges of a data center environment. It’s no secret that the industry has long sought to recruit former Navy nuclear personnel, but Kirby thought that with appropriate training, personnel with a variety of skills could address shortages in many aspects of the industry, from entry level on up.

Indeed, one of Kirby’s first Uptime Institute activities was to participate in several Uptime Institute Network panels to point out the strengths of U.S. military veterans. His interest in helping solve the looming shortage of data center personnel means that Kirby will remain active in his support for veterans while using his experiences to develop exciting new programs.

Posted by Jeannette Beltran on 17-09-2013
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Flash storage poised to disrupt your data center


This blog is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting keynote presentations from Uptime Institute Symposium 2013.

Flash storage – it’s the emerging technology with the most potential to seriously disrupt your data center, according to a keynote presentation delivered at Uptime Institute Symposium 2013. Flash storage is very low on power and space utilization, and is 10 times faster than the fastest disk. And though the current price is cost-prohibitive for many organizations, that’s expected to change. According to 451 Research’s Andy Lawrence, within three to five years, the price of flash storage should be on par with that of the fastest disk storage. “You should be preparing for flash in your data centers,” Lawrence said in his keynote, “The Disrupted Data Center: Ten Technologies That Might Change Data Centers Forever.”

When Lawrence and his team at 451 Research set out to determine which technologies may disrupt the data center industry, they focused on what will likely have an impact in the next five to 20 years, and based their analysis on three metrics:

– How big will the impact be?
– How fast will it happen?
– How likely is it to happen?

So why should we be concerned with the technologies that might be disruptive 10, 15 years from now? Because research shows that half of data center costs are invested up-front – so failing to prepare for a future disruptive technology can turn into a major liability down the road.

In addition to flash storage, Lawrence covers nine other technologies with the potential to make waves in the industry, including advanced DCIM, cloud-level resiliency and chiller-free data centers. And even if your organization hasn’t seen much change yet, doesn’t mean it’s not coming. The data center IS already being disrupted, Lawrence said.

This means that “capacity planning is absolutely critical” for the entire digital infrastructure, according to Lawrence, especially if you want stay competitive with cloud providers and the economies of scale they’re able to provide. In the data center industry it’s easy to stay focused on the infrastructure level, but organizations need to begin assessing these key technologies now.

Click here for more information on 451 Research’s Data Center Technologies team, and access to reports.

Posted by Jeannette Beltran on 05-09-2013
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A familiar new face: Ed Rafter joins Uptime Institute


Ed Rafter

Ed Rafter

Ed Rafter joined Uptime Institute as principal of Education and Training in July. As principal, he will be responsible for the daily management and direction of the professional education staff to deliver all Uptime Institute Training Services. This includes managing the activities of the faculty/staff delivering the Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) Program, the Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS) Program, and any other courses to be developed and delivered under the Uptime Institute name. Rafter will also be working  with Uptime Institute consultant resources, where his expertise in power quality, forensics, facilities survey, and testing and commissioning will be invaluable to the Tier Certification program as well as in support of unique engagements.

Ed will be familiar to many clients and colleagues at Uptime Institute as he has been a consultant to Uptime Institute Professional Services (ComputerSite Engineering) since 1999. But even those who know him well will be getting to know him better. Rob Costa, director of the North American Uptime Institute Network, said, “From my perspective, Ed is the Abnormal Incident Report (AIR) guru for the Network.  He will review AIRs, determine which ones may qualify as a Flash AIR and also prepare the annual AIR Trending Report that is presented to the North American members at the Fall Conference.” Network members, who are familiar with AIRs, know that it is one of the most important and critical services supported by the Uptime Institute. As the “guru,” Ed’s role will be absolutely critical to Uptime Institute.

Prior to joining Uptime Institute, Ed was the CTO of ABI Battery Inc., as well as administrator for the Stationary Battery Institute, where he developed a training curriculum for battery technicians based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) standard IEEE 1657-2009. The IEEE 1657 standard working group recognized Mr. Rafter for his unique contribution to the standard. Ed’s background includes engineering consulting and design as Principal Engineer for Tier IV Consulting Group.

Posted by Kevin Heslin on 29-08-2013
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What is Tier Certification of Constructed Facility anyway?


Uptime Institute Tier III Certified Facility Foil

Uptime Institute Tier III Certified Facility Foil

Recently, I asked Matthew Mescall, Uptime Institute Senior Consultant, to walk through a Tier III Facility Certification.

How do you know that your brand new data center, based on a Tier III Certified Design, is now a Tier III data center?
MM: You have it Certified!

But what does the Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) entail?
Is it a quick walkthrough with a check list?
MM: No.

Is it a replacement for full commissioning and integrated systems testing?
MM: No.

Is it similar to commissioning?
MM: Kind of.
MM: After the factory acceptance test, site acceptance tests, and functional testing is complete, the data center should complete the integrated systems testing (IST). This will test all of the components as though the data center was operational. That means IT simulating load banks are installed in the data center to fully test the power and cooling. The systems are operated together to ensure that the data center operates as designed in all specified maintenance and failure scenarios. When this is complete, it is time for the Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF).

How does the TCCF start?
MM: When the TCCF was confirmed, we developed a demonstration list based on the Certified Design to provide representative samples of the capacity components and distribution paths that will be used to demonstrate Concurrent Maintainability. Ideally, these demonstrations are included in the IST so that the operations team is familiar with the switching and system configurations that are required for the TCCF.

And, once the team is on site?
MM: The first day on site is relatively relaxed. The morning begins with introductions of the teams involved, responsibility, and primary contacts. Then, there is a review of the TCCF process and any site-specific safety, security or general requirements. That is followed by a tour of the site. The tour allows the friendly TCCF consultants to confirm that the major capacity components shown in the design are the ones installed and that, as far as a visual inspection goes, the facility was built to the design.

After the preliminaries?
MM: After that, the real fun begins! We observe the operations team as they perform the different demonstrations. It is time to fail the utility and see that the UPS carries the critical load until the engine generators come on line and provide power to the data center, and that the cooling system maintains the critical load during the transition. Other demonstrations include removing redundant capacity components from service and showing that, for example, the data center critical load can be provided by N engine generators; or that the redundant chilled-water distribution loop can be removed from service while still cooling the data center. Some of the demonstrations take time, especially those involving the cooling systems.

How long does all this take?
MM: Data centers are different, but the TCCF usually takes three to five days, depending on a number of factors. One of the many things the data center owners will appreciate during the TCCF is that you always know how the process is going. When a demonstration is successful, you will know it. If one is not, there will be an opportunity to correct the issue and perform the demonstration again. When we leave the site, you will know the status of the Certification.

Once the data center is Certified?
MM: We do not carry 3D printers, so you will have to wait for the plaque to arrive.

Any other thoughts?
MM: A little-known fact is that a TCCF can be completed in a facility with live IT equipment! It requires more planning and stronger nerves, but it can and has been successfully completed!

Uptime Institute is the only organization worldwide that Certifies data center designs, facilities, and operations to the Tier Classification System (I-IV) and Operational Sustainability criteria. Tier Certification is an unbiased, third-party validation of the Tier level that benefits both enterprise and third-party data centers. Tier Certifications have been awarded worldwide to corporations across all industries, governments, and universities. Uptime Institute has awarded 278 Certifications in 44 countries around the world.

Posted by Sarah Lee Thomas on 19-08-2013
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