Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 01-04-2013
We have started publishing our annual Symposium Speaker Series — video interview with our underwriter keynote speakers. This first edition includes interviews by Kevin Heslin with key executives from Schneider Electric, Emerson Network Power and FORTRUST.
Data center dilemma: Build your own or outsource
DCIM + ITSM: Emerson Trellis and IBM Tivoli partnership
Adopting a modular approach for data center design, construction and delivery
Be sure to register today for Uptime Institute Symposium 2013.
Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Data center infrastructure management, Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 07-03-2013
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.
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!
Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Data center consolidation, Data center energy efficiency, Data center infrastructure management, IT and Facilities Management Integration | Posted on 10-10-2011
Tags: Cowboys, DCIM, server consolidation, Server Roundup
Howdy partners. We’re pleased to announce the first Uptime Institute Server Roundup. A roundup, according to Merriam-Webster, is the act or process of collecting animals (cattle) by riding around them and driving them in; a gathering in of scattered persons or things.
So get out from behind that desk and saddle up. It’s time to bring in those little doggies holed up in a server closet, sitting idle on the raised floor, wasting power and cooling resources. Based upon our field experience, up to 10% of those servers in your racks aren’t doing anything.
We recently heard of a major enterprise data center in New Zealand, fine cattle country by the way, that removed 20% of its servers that were sitting comatose.
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. That’s not chump change.
Instead of piddling around shaving a point off your PUE, it’s time to get focused on what will make a real difference. It takes hard work to get in there and look for duplicated or unused applications, out-of-date, obsolete servers. We need you to drive in those wobbly old steer and replace them with more efficient, virtualized hardware.
Uptime Institute is offering a reward (or a bounty) on your obsolete machines. All participants in the Uptime Institute Server Roundup will receive a T-shirt and a badge for their web sites. Winners in each category will receive a commemorative rodeo belt buckle to proudly display on their corporate trophy rooms, desks—or if so bold—on their belts. The winners will also receive free passes and a dedicated presentation slot at Uptime Institute Symposium, May 13-17, 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The rules: Two winners will be determined, one for most IT equipment removed, one for largest percentage of IT equipment removed. We don’t care how you get there. Going virtual? Server consolidation? Moving to the cloud? Going out of business?! We don’t care. Just unplug and decommission those machines.
Paperwork: What’s the proof? We want to see a paper trail. Send us change records. Do you Identify machines by server name or serial number. Removed 752 servers? We want to see the submittal of the work. Did you send the hardware to a recycler? Send us the receipt.
Results: We want to know how much energy you saved. Send us the UPS output reading before the change and after the change. You can do it right in the flow of work.
Photos: Send us a few before and after photos. Servers in the cabinets, servers in the docks going out. It doesn’t have to be exhaustive. Extra credit for creativity.
Submit your documents for inspection to Uptime Institute’s Hank Seader (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also send any comments, questions, cowboy jokes. Thanks for your interest. Hike up your Wranglers, unhitch your horses, and get to work.
Deadline: Contest closes Feb 1st, 2012.
Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Cloud Computing, Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 27-04-2011
In this video Q&A with Emerson Network Power/Liebert VP Peter Panfil, we discuss how public cloud computing providers are driving Liebert’s product design toward more flexible and efficient hardware. We also discuss Emerson Liebert’s private cloud in its new data center in St. Louis. Panfil will be presenting at Uptime Symposium with customer and public cloud computing provider, Raging Wire.
Session info here: Everybody now agrees that cloud services are going to play a very large part in the future of IT. It’s much less clear, however, what this actually means for the physical infrastructure of the data center that is delivering these services. For example, some evidence suggests that virtualized and cloud workloads can introduce much greater volatility in terms of energy consumption, power use, and availability. Furthermore, cloud providers can experience periods of dramatic and unexpected growth. And it may equally be that customers are less “sticky”, moving their workloads out when prices are right, simply because they can. What does this mean for data center designs? Which best practices should be observed in order to experience the benefits of cloud adoption while mitigating potential risks?
Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Data center infrastructure management | Posted on 22-03-2011
Uptime Institute recently weighed in on the topic of data center asset management at SearchDataCenter.com.
Uptime Institute Professional Services Consultants David Humphrey and Rich Van Loo both survived asset management software implementations in their previous jobs as data center managers.
They said few people are ever happy with data center asset management tools:
Asset management tools are often part of some other system — maintenance management software, a systems management framework, real estate management and building management — not a tool purpose-built for the data center. So they take a lot of effort to implement.
With data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools, vendors are getting closer to providing you with a complete picture of what you need to track, but they’re not quite there yet.
Humphrey and Van Loo said asset management software vendors can come in and show you all the reports their tools can do, but they don’t tell you it can take five man-years of effort to populate the reports. A lot of data center managers haven’t sat down and figured out what information they want out of the systems. How are you using the reports? What’s the benefit to your operation? Why are you generating this data if you’re not going to use it?
Humphrey and Van Loo recommended that data center managers start with an Excel spreadsheet for a year or two so the operations staff can figure out exactly what data they want to keep, and then they can move to one of the software tools if necessary.
I thought Humphrey and VanLoo’s comments about using DCIM tools for data center asset management warranted further research, and asked a few DCIM vendors to weigh in on that aspect of the software.