consolidation

Learn datacenter consolidation best practices

Posted in consolidation, education, webinar on March 8th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

from Gartner analysts, Mike Chuba and John R. Phelps, at March 15 webinar.  …

…   “advances in technology have made second- and third-wave consolidation projects now viable. “   …

via Gartner: Data Center Best Practices.

NYC Data Center Consolidation Reduces Redundancy and Improves Energy Efficiency

Posted in cio-perspective, city-new-york, consolidation, data-center-consolidation, information-technology, infrastructure, services, technologies on March 3rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Mayor Bloomberg and New York City CIO plan to consolidate their data centers to drive operational and energy efficiency while boosting service. …

… “The City’s current IT infrastructure is highly-fragmented, with more than 50 unique data centers now serving nearly four dozen City entities – many of which are located in prime commercial real estate space. The vast majority of these facilities, and the technologies within them, are obsolete, and having dozens of City entities employ the varied capital and skill sets necessary to maintain individual data centers is an inefficient use of resources.

In his State of the City speech, Mayor Bloomberg pledged to achieve cost savings by reducing redundancies within City agencies, including information technology resources. An initial step toward that goal, and consistent with a key recommendation in the 30-Day Report, is the Citywide IT Infrastructure Services program (CITIServ). ” …

Via Mayor Bloomberg: OVERHAUL OF DATA INFRASTRUCTURE AT MORE THAN 40 CITY AGENCIES

Federal Data Center Consolidation Plan to Reduce Footprint and Energy Consumption

Posted in consolidation, education, energy-consumption, federal-it, footprint on March 3rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Federal data center energy consumption can be addressed through consolidation plan so that unconstrained growth is managed more efficiently and effectively. …

… “INITIAL DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION PLAN: Agencies will develop an initial data center consolidation plan by June 30, 2010. This plan will identify potential areas for consolidation, areas where optimization through server virtualization or cloud computing alternatives may be used, and a high-level roadmap for transitioning to the consolidated end-state architecture. 3. FINAL ASSET INVENTORY BASELINE: Agencies will collect the final asset inventory baseline containing more detailed information by July 30, 2010. This will serve as the foundation for developing the final data center consolidation plans.” …

Via Office of Management and Budget: Data Center Consolidation (PDF)

IBM Green Innovations DataCenter Connecticut

Posted in consolidation, cooling-system, datacenter, green-innovations, green-it-strategy, ibm, redundancy, state-connecticut, tour on September 20th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

This site in Southbury, Connecticut is a data center retrofit success story. …

IBM Green Innovation Data Center: “IBM transformed a 2,000 square foot legacy data center into an environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art facility—without service interruption. The data center offers twice the processing power in one quarter the space and reduces the environmental footprint. “

The data center uses hundreds of networked sensors to understand the real-time performance of the space in order to optimize energy, power, and cooling. Cooling can be adjusted dynamically to the thermal profile of the data center environment.

The cooling system design has incorporated redundancy. …

IBM Green Innovation Data Center Consolidation Project (PDF): “In the event of a failure of one of the major cooling systems, the ceiling and floor damper systems help ensure that the cooling system support both zones’ heat loads until repairs can be made. “

Mindset Change to Centralized Green Data Center Processes

Posted in change-management, consolidation, data-centers, microsoft, server-consolidation, software-development, sustainability, virtualization on September 13th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft challenges existing software development processes by shifting the physical servers to remote data centers to lower costs and improve sustainability. Process change requires a mindset change for developers. …

… “Microsoft is touting the facility as its first environmentally sustainable data center. Energy is saved by consolidating processes to as few servers as possible. ” …

Via Seattle Post Intelligencer: Change corporate culture

Tangible Benefits of Data Center Consolidation Projects

Posted in benefits, consolidation, data-center-consolidation, energy-reduction, hp-hewlett-packard on June 5th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP achieves financial and sustainability benefits from its data center consolidations. A significant amount of equipment was refurbished and sold. …

… “We have now consolidated our existing data centers to just six in three locations. By doing so we have achieved a 60% reduction in annual energy use through thermal mapping, virtualisation, technology refresh. ” …

Via CXOToday: HP Data Center Program

VMware Virtualization Impact on Green IT

Posted in co2-emissions, consolidation, data-center-consolidation, load, power-off, power-savings, power-utilization, reduce-power-consumption, savings, server-virtualization, utilization, virtualization, vmware on April 30th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

VMware touts the impact of server virtualization on green IT. …

… “VMware virtual infrastructure helps enterprises and governments reduce their energy costs and consumption by as much as 80 percent. Most desktops and servers today are in use only eight to 15 percent of the time they are turned on, yet they consume 60 to 90 percent of the normal workload power even when idle. VMware vSphere has advanced resource and memory management features that will enable consolidation ratios of 15:1 or more and dynamically power off unneeded servers, which increase hardware utilization to as much as 85 percent.

Every server retired from a datacenter saves an estimated four tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to taking 1.5 cars off the road or planting 55 trees. Similar opportunities for savings are available for desktop PCs, which can be consolidated on servers in the datacenter using VMware View. VMware vSphere 4 is expected to be generally available during the second quarter of 2009. ” …

Via VMware: Go Green

Start Hardware Cleanup to Green IT

Posted in computer-equipment, consolidation, energy-efficiency, green-computing, green-it-solutions, hardware, idle, idling, infrastructure, optimization, optimize, power-consumption, utilization on March 23rd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Being green means running IT operations at their optimum level of energy efficiency at all times, which is a challenge to respond to dynamically. Start where the inefficiency is the greatest — focus on under-utilized servers and infrastructure. …

… “The starting point in becoming greener, according to Logan, is cleaning up an inefficient array of hardware. That process involves consolidating equipment so power-consuming computers and servers are not ineptly idling when they are not needed. ” …

Via TechNewsWorld: Green IT Operations

IT Efficiency with EMC VMWare

Posted in consolidation, efficiency, emc, information-technology, virtualization, vmware on February 22nd, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Server Consolidation Reduces Carbon Footprint

Posted in consolidation, country-new-zealand, data-center-consolidation, financial-industry, heat-load, ibm, open-source, platform, red-hat, server-consolidation on February 8th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Red Hat saves energy through server consolidation
Another example of open source making an impact on CO2 emissions. …

… “With the combination of Red Hat and IBM solutions, BNZ has achieved significant cost savings and made major steps to green its IT systems. In just three months, BNZ was able to consolidate its servers and reduce its front-end systems datacenter footprint by 30 percent. It has recorded a 33 percent reduction in heat output and a 39 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions for its front-end systems. The solutions has also helped BNZ to carve out costs, as the bank expects approximately 20 percent return on investment (ROI) over the life of the platform. ” …

Via IBM: Bank of New Zealand Reduces Carbon Footprint

Sun Microsystems Data Center Space Compression

Posted in achievement, consolidation, data-center, facility-design, server-consolidation, space, state-colorado, storage-systems, storage-technology, sun-microsystems on January 27th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sun Micro designs green data center in Bloomfield, Colorado
Sun Microsystems completes a new consolidated datacenter in Broomfield, Colorado, where a green design and energy efficient systems combine to achieve over $1million in savings and reduce the company’s U.S. carbon footprint by 6 percent. …

… “At the Broomfield facility, Sun was able to compress space 88 percent by deploying the Sun Fire T2000 Server with CoolThreads technology, the Sun Fire X4600 M2 Server, and Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Server as well as Sun Open Storage. For instance, 63 servers plus 30 direct-attached storage devices were consolidated on just two Sun Fire X4600 servers. ” …

Via Sun Microsystems: Datacenter, Broomfield, Colorado.

Data Center Virtualization

Posted in consolidation, data-center-consolidation, decrease-energy, disaster-recovery, green-data-center, green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, high-availability, implementation, initiatives, it-services, pilots, server-virtualization, services, space, strategies on December 18th, 2008 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sungard will support their clients green IT initiatives in the data center
Sungard positions IT services to enable the implementation of server virtualization in the green data center. …

… “Today, many organizations are investigating virtualization with an eye towards advancing data center consolidation strategies to decrease IT costs. These initiatives can also reduce power and cooling outlays, and cut data center space requirements, supporting green IT initiatives.

Companies should implement initial systems in a test and development – not production – environment and then scale systems from there. Another priority needs to be testing fail-over to a secondary site to ensure disaster recovery is working flawlessly to safeguard information availability. ” …

Via SunGard Availability Services: Data Center