What is an efficient data
center? The easy answer is one I get
most often: a data center that uses the least amount of power and has the most
efficient cooling system. But is that the most accurate answer? It depends.
I believe that in order to answer the question fully, you
need to take a holistic approach when defining the term. The focus should not only be on power and
cooling, but also the other key
components of the data center’s physical infrastructure including:
- Infrastructure Management
At the 2015 Uptime
Institute Symposium I will cover this topic during my presentation, “Redefining Efficiency in the Data Center – How Do You
Measure Up?” The symposium takes
place May 19-21 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and my presentation will be Thursday, May 21 at 11:40 a.m. PST in Grand Ballroom G. I
will discuss how focusing only on the power
aspect of the data center might cause organizations to miss an opportunity
to have a truly efficient data
If we focus only on power savings when defining efficiency we tend to ignore many other benefits we can achieve by taking
into account the entire physical
infrastructure. Other efficiencies include:
- Deploying cabling infrastructures faster that cost
effectively scale to higher speeds.
- Managing capacity both at the rack and white
space level as well as smartly expanding critical space.
- Delivering the most efficient
infrastructure/change management that reduces the time and effort needed to
deploy new resources within the data center.
A connected and efficient data center is an all-knowing, agile, geographic and proactive
facility that can help you improve
your utilization of power, processes and scalability.
If you are attending the Uptime Institute Symposium, I hope
you can stop by my presentation Otherwise, if you have any questions about achieving an efficient data center, leave a comment below and I will be
sure to respond.