Saturday morning wasn’t complete for me as a kid if it didn’t include a bowl of pre-sweetened cereal and time watching cartoons. Challenge of the Super Friends was my favorite, thanks to its unforgettable opening sequence and the chance to see Superman, Batman and other heroes overcome the latest scheme by the Legion of Doom to take over the world.
One of the Legion’s intriguing villains was Bizarro – the imperfect duplicate of Superman with the blocky white face and backwards S on his chest. Although the writers didn’t give poor Bizarro much personality beyond bad grammar – “Me have plan destroy Super Friends!” – my friends and I enjoyed debating how his backwards, bad-means-good perspective would express itself in everyday activities. Read More »
Tags: Bizarro, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, Data Center infrastructure efficiency, datacenterdeconstructed, DCIE, metrics, power usage effectiveness, PUE
Power Usage Effectiveness or PUE, is the most commonly used metric in Data Centers today. Data Center industry organizations tout it, major companies brag about their scores, and energy efficiency certifications use it in their ratings.
Despite how thoroughly it has been embraced, though, it’s not without flaws. In my opinion, they mostly stem from the fact that PUE is more complicated than it looks. Although calculating the metric is a relatively straightforward exercise, the resulting score doesn’t tell you anything about the factors that influenced it. Hence why it’s a bad idea to compare PUE among Data Centers.
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Tags: Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, Green, metrics, power usage effectiveness, PUE, show your work
How well is your Data Center performing?
How do you know?
I went shopping for a car last year and was pleased to see several models equipped with real-time displays of their miles per gallon performance. That’s a great feature, in my opinion, because it offers drivers up-to-the-moment insight into how efficiently their cars are operating.
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Tags: availability, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, metrics, mpg
If sibling rivalry exists among Data Centers, our Richardson, Texas facility must be jealous. Unveiled in 2007 as Cisco’s next-generation Data Center and subsequently toured by thousands of visitors, the site hasn’t received much attention since its younger brother came online in 2011. Read More »
Tags: cabling, chimney cabinets, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, energy efficiency, metro virtual data center, mvdc, tier 3
Two things I greatly enjoy about working in and around Data Centers are that so many different technologies converge within them and that those technologies are constantly evolving. There’s always something new to explore.
It’s no surprise then that Data Center Deconstructed ping-ponged among several topics in 2012, from choosing a site to relocating servers to incorporating alternative energy, and more. I even tried my hand at blogging in real-time, posting live from the annual Technology Convergence Conference.
Here’s are the Data Center Deconstructed topics that received the most attention this year. Check out any you’ve missed: Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, energy efficiency, hardware relocation, site selection, structured cabling