panel session taking your questions on any aspect of data centre outsourcing, hosting & colocation - Joining the panel will be experts from the morning's talks ready and able to provide independent advice.
Peter Judge, TechWeek; Matthew Hawkins, CNet Training; Simon Campbell-Whyte, Data Centre Alliance; Michalis Grigoratos, HP
Energy efficiency is one of the biggest issues facing a data center industry which is still in its infancy. If you are an enterprise or a medium size businesses, how should you go about eliminating costly waste from your data center - or would it save energy and effort to outsource it to the cloud?
This panel looks at ways to tackle energy management, IT architecture, and the all important people issue.
Gady Rosenfeld and Rosemary McGlashon EU Product Manager 3M Communication Markets Division
More enterprise businesses are capitalizing on the benefits of moving their data centre functions to private and hybrid cloud hosting facilities that provide cost effective scaling of physical infrastructure. Whereas numerous solutions to automate and remotely manage data centre power and cooling functions exist, fibre connectivity is still manually managed today. Automated Fibre Management (AFM) is a new technology designed specifically to automate, switch and manage fibre infrastructure. This webinar will discuss how AFM technology allows a data centre owner to remotely provision, troubleshoot and manage his fibre infrastructure, thus eliminating cost of downtime, reducing operational costs and removing barriers to cost effective scaling of data centre infrastructure.
3M has developed, introduced and commercialized an unprecedented sustainable halocarbon clean extinguishing agent whereby researchers have struck a balance of not only being effective in fire extinguishing but also demonstrating superior environmental properties in combination with a low toxicity and reduced space and weight requirements. It should also possess sufficient chemical/thermal stability during handling and in end use.. This halocarbon belongs to the fluoroketone class. The chemical formula of CF3CF2C(O)C(CF3)2 is identified in the new ISO 14520 standard by the ASHRAE nomenclature FK-5-1-12.
Commercially known as 3MTM Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid and manufactured by 3M Company, this novel clean extinguishing agent has been shown to combine the performance and environmental attributes sought by industries that demand the high level of performance previously provided by halon until its phase-out. Compared to inert gas and water mist, systems using Novec 1230 fluid are much compacter and as such require much less space (and weight concerns).
What is unprecedented is this fluoromaterial's environmental properties that are on the order of naturally occurring compounds. Novec 1230 fluid has a surprisingly short atmospheric lifetime and yet has exhibited the stability necessary for use as a clean extinguishing agent.
Novec 1230 fluid was introduced in 2002 as a halon replacement alternative to HFCs and now has a history of use globally for the protection of special hazards / high value assets, especially in occupied spaces resulting in greenhouse gas emission reduction in industries where environmental objectives stress the use of sustainable technologies.
The data-centre landscape has changed dramatically in recent years as virtualisation technology has matured and the hypervisor has become the platform of choice for deploying IT services. This first phase has generally involved less critical applications alongside test and development environments. Initial cost savings though have often been negated by the hidden costs of technology transformation – new licensing regimes, re-skilling costs amongst others. As organisations move to the next phase and start to virtualise more business critical applications, they are looking to address key issues such as improved management, optimisation, resilience and performance whilst at the same time reducing the operational costs involved. This short webinar will highlight some of these key issues and discuss some of the options available today to solve some of the challenges you face in building out your next generation data-centre or server room.
Buyers are are often confused by the billing methods used by data centre service providers of bandwidth, Dirk-Achim Tellbach of wusys GmbH de-mystifies measurements of traffic volume, data transfer, data transfer rate, GB ,Mbps, Mb, MBit, averages and 95% percentiles so you can know what is what, and how it is measured, how can it be compared and, most importantly, empowered to make informed choices.
A review of the experience gained in applying evaporative cooling in 100 data centres and server rooms. With reference to the latest ASHRAE standards, the energy and operating performance of EcoCooling CREC systems will be explained. Both retrofit and new installation examples will be shown where a PUE of 1.1 is now possible using simple engineering techniques.
Dirk-Achim Tellbach (AKA: DA) Data Centre Solutions Director, Wusys GmbH
A talk considering the Pro's and Con's of deploying security caging in data centres - the talk examinies if the practice is still relevant in these days of the sophistcated cyber criminal, high energy costs, higher power densities and the need for maximum energy efficiency.
Hosted by Professor Harvey Thompson, University of Leeds
Your chance to put your questions on any aspect of data centre design, construction and operation, live, to a panel of experts. The panel this month is Dr Robert Tozer, Dr Ian Bitterlin and Dr Shaun Smith.
The limitations of legacy air cooling schemes are by now well known. Even the latest free-air cooling technologies have limitations relating to primarily to power density and energy efficiency. While emerging technologies such as direct water cooling can dramatically increase efficiency, density and the thermodynamic availability of waste heat, these approaches add complexity, cost and risk that the commodity datacom industry may be unwilling to bear. Recently published work has suggested the utility of a new cooling strategy termed open bath immersion cooling for datacom equipment. In this simple concept, servers are immersed side-by-side in bath of nonflammable dielectric liquid that boils off the heat generating devices. The vapor so generated condenses on a coil cooled by facility water and passively falls back to the bath. The process takes place within modular semi-openÂ baths, so-called because they are closed when access is not needed but operate at atmospheric. Power densities as high as 4kW/liter have been demonstrated with densely packed modules that simulate CPU packages. This presentation will include an overview of research to date including a comparison to existing pumped water systems and an introduction to a system-scale project currently in the proposal stage that would demonstrate the commercial viability of the technology.
Phil Tuma is an Advanced Application Development Specialist in 3Ms Electronic Markets Materials Division in St. Paul, Minnesota USA. He is currently working to demonstrate the utility of passive 2-phase immersion for cooling power electronics and datacom hardware.
Dirk-Achim Tellbach (aka: DA), Director Data Centre Solutions, Wusys GmbH
It's good to have pressure to drive energy efficiencies, the simplicity of PUE is often used for this, but the danger is that organisations can believe the job is done, when it can sometimes be actually far worse. This talk examines the Pro's and Con's of PUE, so that organisations can be sure they are focussing on energy efficiency in the right way.
It is becoming ever more important to prevent dust and particules from entering data centres because thermal efficiency can be reduced dramaticallly due to build up on heat sinks, fans and air filters. For years, critical areas in pharmaceutical, health and precision engineering sectors have deployed polymeric material to walkways floors and entrances. This technology has now been deployed to the data centre industry successfully resulting in improved effectiveness and reduced costs.
The Data Centre Alliance is a not-for-profit professional Association comprising of Industry leaders and experts from across the data centre sector. The DCA is committed to capturing the best expertise and experience from across the industry for developing standards and guidelines for data centre design, construction and operation.
In addition, the DCA is also dedicated to developing programmes of research and innovation to ensure the future health, growth and sustainability of the industry. Membership is open to all operators of data centres and server rooms, however large or small, and organisations that supply the industry with products and services.