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Data Center Energy Case Study

September 24, 2010 - 0 Comments

IP Energy Cisco White PaperIn the spirit of follow where the data leads you; how thoughtful are we in how we plan for and manage the data center?  As an IT industry we spend a lot of time debating what a data center is and how much of an impact it may have on productivity, competitive advantage, security, business continuity and as of late ecologic impact.  This is perhaps why the most senior, challenge-loving type A’s focus their careers on data centers. 

Whatever your definition, a data center represents the physical manifestation of our digital behaviors across a range of activities.  Data centers also support the most mission critical of all our “day job” applications; web services, email, payroll and so on.  So why is it that our “IT” industry is not aggressively applying more collaborative ingenuity to real world challenges?  A complex question of course but what we are happy to share today is an example of what we’ve been able to do over the last year.

Built on a foundation of Cisco Energy Management Technologies and Services we were able to save $1M USD in one year across 11 labs…or data centers depending on your definition.  While this is only a pilot, it serves as a proof of concept for things to come…

The case study and white paper now available…

Download the Cisco Energy Management Services case study here.

Many of you may have heard of Cisco’s release of EnergyWise in January 2009.  While this was more heavily publicized in the EU, we’ve seen a massive spike in interest since then from US-HQ’d clients looking for real solutions that span multiple obstacles/challenges. There were several “pillars” of our approach to IP-enabled energy management that we believe will have broad reaching implications:

  • No Technology Religion:  Our role as the Network provides inherent benefits of scale, particularly when it comes to IP-enabled Energy Management
  • Open: Supporting an open posture on technologies that traverse our networks, keeping it open empowers everyone
  • Backward Compatible: It’s all well and good to sell a greener product but does that product scale across your own backyard
  • Replicable: Layers of network abstraction and management are inherently conducive to correlating energy use across geographies, users, VM’s and applications
  • Easy: Both Facilities and IT operations need to access common, reliable data to make the best decisions and this data should be integrated into existing SOP’s
  • Cloud-ready:  Virtual Machine motion changes the game and links between energy supply and application availability have never been more important

I’m summarizing these points for readability but hoping our customers and clients can begin to lend their voices to our efforts to provide Energy as a Service.  Data center energy management is an area we recommend be assessed only after benchmarking is completed.  Providing you have benchmarks in place and you are on your way to the brass ring, 1.2’something PUE…are you ready to start managing energy through the OS of IT assets by correlating energy supply with performance demand?

Thanks for tuning in and sorry for the hiatus…I’ve been busy on the book.

Please give our development team some feedback on attributes you would like to see in an network-based, IP driven energy management solution.

The book that dives deeper into this case study will be available on Amazon on October 5, 2010.  It is currently available through Wiley Press as of yesterday.  Please note, there is not an eBook option available until the Amazon release date.

IP Energy Book

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