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Energy Logic 2.0 has an excellent vendor neutral roadmap on the top ten strategies that can help increase data center efficiency and provide tips on how to reduce data center energy. The roadmap focuses on reducing energy consumption at the data center as well as on increasing data center output as part of its solution.
According to industry statistics, 52% of energy in a 5000 square foot data center is consumed by IT equipment and 48% by support systems, which cooling alone contributes to a whopping 38%.
The Energy Logic 2.0 roadmap highlights the cascade effect where-in 1 Watt of energy saved at the server component level results in 2.84 Watt of saving in total consumption. What is also interesting to note is the research that shows that a 200W idle server results in a power wastage of 381.2 at the utility entrance. The report also reveals the top three energy saving strategies as using high efficiency power supplies, low power processors and server virtualization.
The main four takeaways from the Energy Logic 2.0 roadmap are as follows:
- Leverage the cascade effect.
- Availability and flexibility should not be compromised for ffficiency: It is possible to have all three at the same time.
- Better efficiency can be gained from higher density.
- Capacity is the flip side of efficiency.
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When it comes to data centers, the words regulations and compliance are sure to follow in every conversation. Did you know that according to a recent independent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Tripwire, Inc., the average cost of compliance was estimated to be around $3.5 million a year, while the cost of non-compliance was slated to be around $9.4 million? In other words, non-compliance cost was 2.65 times the cost of compliance for the 46 organizations that participated in the survey.
Some of the most difficult data center regulations to adhere to are the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), various state privacy and data protection laws, and the most dreaded SSAE 16 certification for data centers dealing with the financial sector.
The Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE ) No. 16 replaces the Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS70) in part and comprises of the new Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting framework comprising of the SOC1, SOC2 and SOC3 reports. The SOC1 reports are focused on organizations that have a well-defined financial accounting system and internal controls for financial reporting (ICFR). SOC2 and SOC3 reports are focused on reporting for service organizations oon factors like “Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and/or Privacy”.
Another compliance issue that needs to be adhered to is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standard for the health care industry. The Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act also applies to data centers that store and transmit electronic protected health information (ePHI).
With so many controls and reports to be in place for the data center, it is better to be safe than sorry and resort to professional data center compliance advisors and consultants. Lifeline Data Centers, headquartered at Indianapolis, have an excellent track record of meeting and exceeding regulatory compliance, and can help in setting up and running a compliant data center in the most cost efficient way.
The bring your own device (BYOD) wave is revolutionizing the enterprise IT world, demanding a much awaited modernization of data center strategy. This paradigm is here to stay, and CIO’s and CTO’s will have to gear up to handle the pitfalls, challenges, and opportunities that come with this strategy.
According to a recent Gartner survey of IT enterprises across the world, seventy percent of respondents have, or are planning to have, a BYOD policy in the next twelve months. What is also astonishing to note is that one third of the businesses already have policies for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. How does this change the data center decisions and policies?
For one, the security threats increase exponentially when people start bringing their own devices and connecting them to the enterprise network. Data center security policies will need to be reworked so as to authorize access for mobile and remote computing, while protecting corporate data from external access.
What also changes the data center landscape is the ability of the data center personnel to support a multitude of devices that are outside of their traditional controlled technology stack. As per the Gartner survey, 32 percent of enterprises surveyed provide support for personal smart phones, 37 percent for tablets, and 44 percent for laptops.
If your organization is also hit by the BYOD culture and if you are looking for the best ways to support and integrate your current infrastructure and IT teams with BYOD, it’s time to talk to the experts at http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/ for the easiest ways to adopt BYOD into your data center strategy.
Editors note: Lifeline Data Centers uses N+N redundancy in construction of both power and cooling facilities. N+1 redundancy is less resilient. This post describes N+1 redundancy and its characteristics.
N+1 (or parallel) redundancy is one method used to ensure system availability in the event of component or power failures. In engineering terms, it is “the duplication of critical components or functions of a system with the intention of increasing reliability of the system, usually in the case of a backup or fail-safe.”
In data centers, it is the total number of necessary power equipment + 1 extra/ backup power supply to ensure uninterruptible power supplies. Some tips to design a reliable N+1 UPS configuration in data center include:
- Redundancy shouldn’t be for a single UPS in a data center. Data centers which use legacy systems may have to deploy static transfer switches (STS) in front of a single input load which transfer the load to a bypass source during power loss at UPS output. Whereas, modular systems have extra UPS modules that come in to action when any module fails.
- Use separate power branch circuit sources for each power supply to achieve redundancy in case of power loss at the source.
- It is ideal to have the same output current and voltage ratings for every power supply. Undersized power supplies might lead to current sharing which defeats the purpose of an actual redundant system.
- To allow for proper setup, each individual power supply should have adjustable output voltage, and should be enabled to operate reliably under no load conditions.
- Use high power density UPS for data center blade servers as these servers have 4 times higher power requirement than normal servers.
- As opposed to the 75% usage of efficiency in normal UPS, N+1 redundant UPS is used only to 50% of its efficiency. Generally, full load efficiency of any system is higher than its part load efficiency. Thus, improving part load efficiency is a challenging factor.
- If the UPS works on a wide range of input voltages, the UPS batteries can be avoided altogether. But when there is more battery usage, it wears out soon, requiring expensive replacements. Choose advanced battery management technologies that carefully control the battery charging.
Need more tips and suggestions on how to improve your data center uptime? Contact the experts at Lifeline Data Center today.
When discussing data centers, the term blade server often comes up as well. For the non-geeks, this post will define ‘blade server’ simply and explain why blade servers can be a valuable component of a data center.
A traditional data center uses a rack-based storage system with multiple servers. The rack-based system and servers will often be accompanied by a lot of cabling, consuming a lot of power, and consequently require a lot of cooling. A blade system consists of a single chassis with slots for multiple blade servers, which are thin versions of a traditional server, usually positioned vertically rather than horizontally. Blades can offer more processing power in the same rack space, simplify cabling and power consumption. A blade system can offer up to 85% reduction in cabling as compared to a the same number of conventional 1U (one rack unit) servers.
Here are some statistics that demonstrate the main reasons that organizations move to a blade-based system.
- Physical Space Savings: 31%
- Reduced TCO (Total Cost of Ownership): 20%
- Dynamic Resource Allocation: 12%
- Improved Reliability: 11%
- Reduced Management Costs: 9%
- Power Consumption Savings: 5%
While there are a number of pros to convince you to move to a blade system, there are cons as well. Blade servers can tie you down to the blade vendor and restrict the architecture to the design of the underlying hardware. Blade systems can cost more than equivalent traditional servers. However, if you have an aging system of cables, fans and the good old rack-based servers, the time has come to consider blades for your data center and whether blades might provide real value. For further inputs and expert advice, consult the data center experts at Lifeline Data Centers.
“We’re moving our headquarters and we need to do something about replacing our data center with a more reliable facility. We’ve discussed building a new data center at the new headquarters location. But the CFO won’t approve two generators. How do I guarantee high data center uptime?” A recent visitor to our data center spoke these words to me as she toured Lifeline Data Centers’ Eastgate campus.
This IT Director had done her homework. She knew that in order to achieve extremely high uptime (28 minutes of downtime per year or less) she needed a facility that had true N+N data center redundancy. She knew that N+N meant having two of everything important: two utility feeds from the power company, two generators, two UPS systems with battery backup and two data center cooling systems and two telecommunications paths. But her CFO was unwilling to spend the capital to build an in-house Tier IV data center facility.
Yet the nature of her company demands that data center downtime be kept to a absolute minimum, because the company’s clients expect the mission critical applications to be available day and night. To her company, downtime means lost credibility, lost revenue, lost productivity, and the risk of lost clients.
So she visited our data center to see if Lifeline’s facilities might solve her problem. Her requirements were similar to many companies:
- 99.995% uptime to meet her requirement of 28 minutes of downtime per year or less
- A simple data center pricing model that is both predictable and fair
- Low cost access to the three telecom providers they use today multiple
- Flexibility to grow and change as the company needs change
Her IT staff is sophisticated and capable, so IT services were not important to her. Her requirement was for a Midwest data center facility, not an IT service provider.
The IT Director’s needs are similar to many companies; facilities play a key role in reducing data center downtime and improving systems reliability. She knew that he quality of the data center is the most important factor maximum data center uptime, second only to avoiding human errors in the data center.
How important is uptime in your data center? Do you lose productivity if your systems are down? Or do you lose clients? Her CFO was pleasantly surprised that Lifeline’s pricing model eliminates data center capital costs and replaces them with operating expenses. And when the CFO is happy, the IT Director is happy too.
Want to learn more about improving uptime while reducing capital costs? Call the experts in Midwest data center facilities.
The ultimate goal of DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) is to utilize physical assets in the most optimum way to smoothen out operational inefficiencies in a data center facility. DCIM can be considered as the notifier of the following concepts within a heavy infrastructure facility such as a data center.
DCIM helps streamline energy consumption in the most optimum way by making the necessary changes to operational parameters. This guarantees efficient performance when the facility needs it the most, while offering savings in terms of power consumption when the need is minimal.
Bring Costs Under Control
With proper energy monitoring and consumption, related costs for cooling and supporting infrastructure also go down, thereby bringing down the maintenance costs forf the company. Furthermore, frequent visits to the facility and maintenance can be avoided to a great extent if the facility is maintained by using DCIM principles.
With an effective DCIM strategy in place, you can minimize downtime-related issues, as a backup plan will always be ready with your engineers should an unprecedented contingency occur. Service restoration can be accomplished as fast as possible.
Compatibility with Technology Upgrades
When things are done in an organized manner, it is always easy to accommodate new changes. This fact applies to data center facilities as well. DCIM always has an eye for the long term needs of the business, thus making it possible for you to integrate future infrastructure upgrades to the existing system without any disruption of service.
Risk Management and Recovery
When you have a solid DCIM strategy at work, risk management becomes less of a headache to your facility manager. Your engineers and technicians at the facility will already have access to resources, tools and information as to how to restore the facility in the best possible way.
So when you choose a data center service, make sure it follows strict adherence to a standard DCIM strategy. At Lifeline Data Centers, we can assure you with the best return on investment for your data center operations as we can manage your resources in the best possible way, providing maximum service reliability and accuracy. Visit our website to know more.
“Going green” is the latest buzz word in today’s competitive data center market place. A green data center results in cost and energy savings, leading to as much as double the ROI for companies those who care and want to incorporate social entrepreneurship into their business functions. Here are the top 3 ways to create a green data center:
1. The prime design principle of a green data center is to use innovative cooling technologies, since almost half of the data center’s energy is utilized for cooling and air conditioning alone. By taking advantage of newer technologies such as outside air cooling and indirect evaporative cooling, data center cooling costs can be reduced by almost 70 to 90 percent, and carbon emission can be reduced by almost 2000 tons per year.
A wonderful example has been set by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The NSIDC provides scientific research data across the globe, and successfully implemented its Green Data Center Project in 2011. This project resulted in a total energy savings of 70 percent along with a significant decrease in the cost of cooling infrastructure maintenance.
2. Another option is to move to a cloud based data center. Using a CSP (Cloud Service Provider), the possibilities of using different energy efficient sources, such as renewable energy, are greater. A recent study indicated that the energy consumption and carbon emissions for a 100 person company can be reduced by almost 90 percent by using applications deployed in a cloud based system.
3. Introduce power measurement and monitoring for the data center equipment. For example, there are some UPSs that have intelligent power monitoring built in. Research indicates that most UPSs can have an energy efficiency ranging from 80 to 95 percent. Upgrading from an old UPS gives 80 percent efficiency to a newer one, which can create 95 percent efficiency and can result in tremendous energy gains at a reasonable cost.
Looking to reduce costs and go green at the same time? Whether you are looking for a high tech landlord, or want to augment your IT team with additional expertise, Lifeline Data Center offers flexible and cost-effective data center services. Contact us today for a quick tour of our facilities or take a virtual tour of our Eastgate facility now.
Controlling data center costs presents ongoing challenges for facility managers. One of the biggest expenses incurred is power consumption. The need for improving energy efficiency in data center facilities has become a top priority.
One of the smartest steps you can adopt as a data center facility manager to reduce power consumption is to conduct an effective energy audit periodically. An energy audit is nothing but a review of your building’s main power consumption aspects such as IT load, cooling infrastructure, materialistic power losses, and operational power consumption.
The main aim of conducting an energy audit is to quantify Power Usage Effectiveness or PUE. Doing so will give you a clear idea as to where you can reduce wastage, and what steps you need to take to do so. Ideally, energy audits are used to:
· Identify the amount of electricity consumed by specific operational parameters such as IT equipment, HVAC components and UPS systems.
· Categorize equipment or components based on their power consumption figures.
· Help facility managers take clear cut decisions on which components to optimize so as to reduce consumption levels.
The results are quite amazing with firms such as DRT, a digital realty major, reporting savings in the range of $6 to $10 million a year from 2 of its key data centers.
Energy audits are a key element in improving your facility’s power efficiency. Of course, an easier way would be to use a partner for your data center colocation services! Let the partner manage non-core business issues such as efficiency, power consumption and other associated risks.
If you are thinking about an affiliation with such a partner for your business, then drop by at Lifeline Data Centers, where our engineers offer unparalleled storage and facility options coupled with the highest level of efficiency. Visit our website to know more.
Neither big or small organizations can afford downtime in their data center operations. The losses due to downtime has jumped to almost $138,000 on an hourly basis in 2012, which is 3 times more than the loss calculated in the initial days of data center usages way back in 2004, when the figures were just around $42,000 an hour.
Taking the downtime factor out of your operational formula is impossible because, even if you have the necessary resources, Mother Nature can still be an issue that you will have to deal with. The recent examples of Hurricane Sandy and the devastating Japanese Earthquake are testimonials to this fact.
Therefore, as far as businesses are concerned, ensuring business continuity is vital and this calls for radical steps. But you should not confuse a business continuity plan with a disaster recovery plan since these are two different concepts that ensure data protection.
Disaster recovery is just a piece of the bigger business continuity plan. The aim of disaster recovery is to ensure that your data is restored after an unexpected disaster in your data center facility.
On the other hand, business continuity combines all efforts and managerial principles that are involved in making sure that key business functions like IT, resource management, and finance are not impacted in the event of a disaster. Without a business continuity plan, it would be very difficult for organizations to get things back to normal. As IBM pointed out in 2011, nearly 43 percent of companies experiencing a big data loss never reopen their business because disaster recovery alone cannot undo the damage that has been done.
So foresight and planning for inevitable threats and determining the impact of disasters on your facilities are quite important to ensure continuity. In other words, your data center operations need to have a business continuity plan if they are to survive significant downtime threats.
Entrusting your facility operations to a reliable data center service provider like Lifeline Data Centers can certainly help you considerably reduce downtime concerns in your operations. Take a quick look at our services and our client testimonials.