datacenterdeconstructed

April 10, 2013

INSIDE CISCO IT

Sniffing Out a Data Center’s 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 […]

April 3, 2013

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Data Center Metrics to Mull Over

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 […]

January 9, 2013

INSIDE CISCO IT

Cisco’s Other Production Data Center

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.

December 12, 2012

INSIDE CISCO IT

2012 Year In Review

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 […]

November 21, 2012

INSIDE CISCO IT

Here Comes the Sun

When I was a kid, one of my neighbors had a solar radiometer.  It’s a glass bulb about the size of a baseball, with diamond-shaped panels connected to a spindle.   The panels, black on one side and silver on the other, would turn on the spindle when exposed to light. I enjoyed experimenting with the […]