It’s been an exciting few days in the opening of Uptime Institute Symposium 2013. We have a stellar lineup of speakers this year, and the content has been fantastic so far. Here are just a few images from the last few days.
Samsung is the 2013 underwriter of the Uptime Institute Server Roundup awards. As part of the sponsorship, Samsung Semiconductor’s VP of Marketing Jim Elliot will be presenting on the latest advances in IT hardware components at Symposium next week. You can read more about Jim’s presentation and Samsung’s commitment to Server Roundup here.
In this video, Samsung’s Director of Strategic Marketing, Dr. Sylvie Kadivar provides a preview of the keynote.
Stay tuned for more blog posts from the event, and I look forward to seeing all of you in Santa Clara next week.
By Kevin Heslin
I’m very excited about my panel on DCIM next week (Thursday at 4:30 pm) at the Uptime Institute Symposium. Not only are the panelists absolutely terrific, the session title, Putting DCIM to Work for You, expresses that this session will be different than most sessions on DCIM, which to my experience tend to focus on the promise of DCIM rather. My panelists, Twitter’s Eric KO, HP’s Ken Jackson, and Regions’ James Pryor, will instead focus on what DCIM can offer today.
I think it is fair to say that this panel will provide an interesting counterpoint to other Symposium panels, including David Schirmacher’s presentation covering Digital Realty’s experience with DCIM and Rhonda Ascierto’s presentation, Beyond the Basics: Procuring Data Center Infrastructure Management Software. Both sessions are on Tuesday.
For many companies, the promise of DCIM remains the promise of DCIM, with many surveys suggesting that the fragmentation of the DCIM market is an impediment to broader adoption. Pundits consistently survey the data center community to find the reasons that adoption rates lag earlier predictions.
In addition to fragmentation, they find
- Confusing price structure
- Difficulty of implementation
- Too many features to meet user needs
- Too few features to meet user needs
- Uncertain results
We can boil this list down to one essential: Vendors make the promise of DCIM attractive, but shortcomings of the product category undercut the value proposition.
In one regard, Ko, Jackson and Pryor are like everyone else. They run critical data centers for companies that have little tolerance for downtime. However, they chose to wade through the fever swamps that cloud so many data center decisions and survived to tell the tale at Symposium.
In our 60-minute session, I intend to ask the panelists how they navigated the knotty issues surrounding the purchase of DCIM, to describe the benefits and shortcomings of their DCIM installation, and to talk about lessons learned.
For those of you looking for solutions to rising energy costs, untamed PUE, stranded space or capacity and hot spots, this session will be a must attend, especially if you are considering a DCIM solution.
We recently met with Lee Kirby, CEO of Salute Inc. a data center cleaning and installation firm and felt it was important to share what this organization is doing.
Salute provides data center cleaning and installation services that are executed with military precision. The company hires only honorably discharged veterans who have proven values of discipline, reliability and integrity.
“It is a pretty simple value statement and has enormous potential to provide quality services to the data center industry because of our standard operating procedures, hiring practices, training and precision execution,” Kirby said.
“I started out in the Infantry so the second order benefit of Salute’s success, that motivates me personally, is that we are providing jobs for veterans who have the hardest time finding employment after they have served their country. So for me, this is more than business, it is a chance to give back to those I served with for 36 years.”
Salute is putting veterans to work that have value based skills such as discipline, reliability and integrity that will benefit the data center industry. According to Kirby, Salute can provide a better service to the industry with standard operating procedures, hiring practices, training and precision execution.
But probably the most interesting aspect of this program, especially to our Network members who are well aware of the problems hiring data center staff, the Salute program establishes a progressive career platform for veterans to the data center market.
Yesterday we profiled the 2013 Green Enterprise IT Award-winning case studies. Today we’ll provide a brief introduction to the case studies that were named Finalists or were recognized with an Honorable Mention.
Audacious Idea – Recognizes new, unprecedented ideas for realizing energy and resource efficiency.
Microsoft‘s Data Plant in Cheyenne, Wyoming, was named the Finalist in this category. This pilot project locates a data center at a biogas source in an attempt to demonstrate that if facilities can operate reliably independent of the utility grid, owners will have greater flexibility in siting choices and more data centers can achieve carbon-neutral status.
The judges recognized a patent-pending freestanding chilled air duct developed by QTS (Quality Technology Services) with an Honorable Mention. The duct delivers in-rack cooling directly to IT equipment, reduces the amount of underfloor static pressure required, minimizes hot and cold air mixing without the need for containment, and eliminates the need for perforated tiles.
Facility Design Implementation – Recognizes cutting-edge data center projects that demonstrate energy and resource efficiency in a new, operational data center.
Both the Finalist and the Honorable Mention in this category were brownfield re-developments in conservation settings. As Finalists, the judges recognized Melbourne Water‘s new green data center designed by Norman Disney & Young. This facility uses an indirect free cooling design and promises to save over 600 tons of CO2 annually compared with their previous facility.
The venerable University of St Andrews IT Services department received an Honorable Mention for its new data center, which uses energy procured from renewable sources only. The facility recently received a Gold award from the British Computer Society’s Certified Energy Efficient Datacentre Award (CEEDA) program.
Facility Design Innovation – Recognizes cutting-edge data center designs that focus on energy and resource efficiency.
The judges named TELUS Corporation‘s Intelligent Internet Data Center, which features prefabricated modules provided by Skanska, as Finalists. The facility is Tier III design-certified by Uptime Institute, built to LEED Gold standards and reports a 1.15 PUE rating.
eBay‘s modular green data center in Utah received an Honorable Mention. This facility, designed by Winter Street Architects with engineering firm AHA Consulting Engineers, incorporates fuel cells for onsite power generation and reports a PUE of 1.13 or better with 100% free cooling.
Facility Product Deployment – Recognizes facility infrastructure products that significantly improve data center energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment.
The judges designated the case study submitted by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and SynapSense Corporation as Finalists. In this project, the Lab retrofit variable-speed drives on constant-speed fans in the Computer Room Air Conditioners (CRACs), then controlled the speeds by deploying the SynapSense Active Control system and ThermaNode DX units. The PUE for the cooling system improved by 24%, even in the face of increased IT load.
Facility Retrofit – Recognizes data center facility retrofit projects that significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency in an existing data center.
Schuberg Philis and engineering consultant De Vlieg Techniek will be honored as Finalists for their cooling system refit accomplished with zero downtime. In this project, the data center was equipped with a demand-controlled redundant cool water distribution system combined with free cooling via cooling towers. During the winter, the excess cooling energy produced by the cooling towers is stored in deep wells to be used during the summer months.
Green Digital Infrastructure Strategy – Recognizes exceptional energy and resource efficiency beyond an individual data center.
The judges recognized Avnet as Finalist for its company-wide approach to IT-enabled energy efficiency. In addition to numerous cooling, virtualization and storage upgrades in the data center, Avnet employs a system hibernation script, encourages telecommuting and video conferencing, and uses energy-efficient, motion-triggered lighting in warehouse spaces to save energy.
IT Product Deployment – Recognizes IT products that significantly improve energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment.
The case study submitted by NTT DATA and Intel Corporation was recognized as the Finalist in this category. NTT used dynamic server power provisioning technologies to manage peak loads and ensure business continuity during the long-term power shortages Japan experienced after the 2011 earthquake in that country.
IT Retrofit – Recognizes projects in which IT operations staff significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency while improving IT effectiveness.
The judges recognized Stanford University‘s server room consolidation project as Finalist in this category. By consolidating two server rooms and migrating to a new facility, the University increased compute capacity, improved PUE from 2.0 to 1.3, and regained valuable real estate for research efforts.
All honorees are invited to profile their case studies in the GEIT Awards Showcase (May 13, 2013) at Uptime Institute Symposium 2013 (May 13-16, 2013, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA). Although attendance at the Showcase is free, preregistration is required.