Data Center Management

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Best practices for achieving an efficient data center

With today’s pressures on lowering our carbon footprint and cost constraints within organizations, IT departments are increasingly in the front line to formulate and enact an IT strategy that greatly improves energy efficiency and the overall performance of data centers.

This channel will cover the strategic issues on ‘going green’ as well as practical tips and techniques for busy IT professionals to manage their data centers. Channel discussion topics will include:
- Data center efficiency, monitoring and infrastructure management;
- Data center design, facilities management and convergence;
- Cooling technologies and thermal management
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  • Catch up with Dimension Data's Andy Lancaster at Cloud Expo Europe 2014 in this on-demand video.

    Discover what he's excited for this year in cloud computing, whether he'd use the Cloud if he was starting out today and more!
  • As your data center undergoes a transformation caused by exponential network growth, virtualization, SDN, and the growing need for more tools to monitor, secure, and analyze the network, you may find yourself missing a critical layer: visibility.

    Jim Frey, Vice President of Research & Network Management at Enterprise Management Associates, and Dave Reoch, Sr. Director of Data Center Solutions at Gigamon, will discuss the 3 essentials to maintain visibility during this transformation. Learn about:

    - Key changes and challenges with data center transformation
    - How these changes impact your visibility
    - What you can do today to stay ahead of the curve
  • In this 45-minute webinar, Patrick Flynn will make the case that the data center is the best and only place we can hope to meet the massive sustainability challenges confronting today’s enterprises and governments. Patrick will describe how data analysis holds the key to energy efficiency, business continuity and a new, better paradigm in performance measurement that will transform infrastructure and IT alike.

    Patrick Flynn holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. His work includes identifying, prioritizing and implementing a wide array of projects within IO’s operations and product platform. He is a Professional Engineer (HVAC) and LEED Accredited Professional.
  • The metric, Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), has been successful in improving energy efficiency of data centers, but it is not perfect. One challenge is that PUE does not account for the power distribution and cooling losses inside IT equipment. This is particularly problematic in the HPC (high performance computing) space where system suppliers are moving cooling and power subsystems into or out of the cluster.

    This presentation describes two new metrics: ITUE (IT-power usage effectiveness), similar to PUE but “inside” the IT and TUE (total-power usage effectiveness), which combines the two for a total efficiency picture addressing the shortcomings inherent in the PUE metric.
  • Data Center Efficiency is part of the new reality for the Mission Critical world. This has been driven by the corporate mantra to reduce operating costs in an era driven by financial constraint and increased focus on cost-effectiveness and efficiency or sometimes the added social pressure to be more sustainable.

    Data Center Infrastructure Management “DCIM” is seen as critical to optimizing long term operational and energy efficiency. However, the first step is facing the challenges of installing proper monitoring of the electrical, mechanical systems, as well as the environmental parameters, in an operating data center.

    This presentation will explore the latest measurement technologies and methodologies (and their limitations) that can be considered for retrofit and new installations, as well as practical tips for installing the instrumentation and sensors that can be utilized for analyzing and improving a data center’s energy efficiency.
  • Join us for a discussion between Claus Moldt, former Global CIO at SalesForce.com, and David Roth, CEO of AppFirst. Learn best practices from two of the world’s leading organizations on how they’ve achieved web-scale IT.

    During this webinar, we’ll explore:
    - How the right breadth and granularity of metrics is required to successfully achieve and manage web-scale, and transform IT to a Service
    - Best practices established at companies like SalesForce.com and eBay
    - Strategies for sizing environments when migrating to virtual or cloud services
    - The benefits of an IT as a Service model
  • Key performance indicators (KPI) enable organizations to manage their factories, distribution centers, supply chain and other aspects of your business operations in a cost effective manner. This means having metrics that matter covering not only utilization of assets, material consumption and production output. In addition, this means having insight into defects, re-work, lost time due to delays or lost opportunity. IT Data Centers are Information Factories that also need to be monitored for different purposes as well as from various facets and context to have timely insight for effective decision-making. Monitoring ranges from physical facilities or the habitats for technology to the technology and tools that live there (servers, storage, networking, hardware, software) to deliver information services. This webinar looks at how to avoid flying blind gaining situational awareness and timely data center insight monitoring a key enabler for data center infrastructure management (DCIM). Topics that we will discuss include metrics that matter, service level objectives (SLOs), DCIM, PMDB, performance, availability (reliability, accessibility, and durability), capacity, energy and economics (PACEE), cloud, virtualization, sustainability among others.

    Key themes:
    •Everything is not the same in the data center or information factory
    •Metrics that matter from physical to virtual, cloud and where to get them
    •Facilities, energy and power, server, storage, networking and software
    •Do you know what your costs to deliver a given level of service are?
    •Sustainability for productivity and economics without the Green-washing
  • IT Departments are pressured into using cloud services, but they face challenges in delivering these services, should they move into new build cloud, legacy cloud or internal cloud via a retrofit of their existing facilities?

    Join John Booth and guests Bob Crooks of BCS Green IT Special Interest Group, Richard Barrington of ICEOTOPE, Vic Smith of Colt and Gary Thornton of AET4IT for a discussion of the benefits and pitfalls of all 3 and takes a quick peek into the data centre of the 2025.
  • ICT Enterprise architecture is the backbone of corporate IT systems, the question is are they or can they be sustainable?

    Join the MD of Carbon 3IT and Vice chair of the BCS Green IT SG John Booth and his guests Alex Bardell of Deloitte, Richard Lanyon Hogg of IBM, Bob Crookes from DEFRA and Chair of the BCS Green IT SG and IT4s Consultant Gary Thornton as they answer the core questions for sustainable enterprise architecture:
    - What is sustainable enterprise architecture?
    - Will it require additional skills or money to achieve?
    - Will enterprise architecture be superseded by cloud technologies?
  • Are you finding yourself a victim of your own success?  The prevailing thinking is colo or retail gives you everything you need for a “small phenomenal fee” and Wholesale gives you the basics at an affordable price. In the past, most companies had to wait till they were a lot bigger before being able to invest in enough infrastructure to move to Wholesale from Retail in order to take advantage of the better pricing and greater efficiency. These days, many traditional wholesale providers offer trimmed down versions of retail services (A.K.A. Wholo) in order to help you bridge the gap sooner and take advantage of wholesale pricing models. 

    The webinar will cover what to look for from Wholo providers and what you can provide yourself in order to make it work.

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