Gartner Data Center Conference- Day 2 Recap

December 8, 2010 Nlyte Software

Day 2 offered us some excitement in the world of data center infrastructure management (DCIM).  We started off the day listening in to eBay talk about how they have improved their infrastructure to be more efficient.  Mazen Rawashdeh, VP Technology Operations at eBay, said, “The most efficient data center is one you don’t have to build.”  You don’t have to spend millions of dollars when you have the ability to work with the space you have and simply optimize the existing infrastructure.  

This Keynote was followed by cloud expert and comedian Dave Berry.  He kept the audience on their toes and rolling in laughter from “the eBay guy stole my slides” and his comparison of the cloud to cream cheese.  Yes, cream cheese.  “The point behind the cloud is to keep the user’s cream cheese as far as possible from their data.”  To top it off, the infamous whale story.  This may be one of those moments where you had to be there. 

Then, the seriousness began.  The day’s sessions were packed with statistics and full of insightful statements.  Here are a few I jotted down:

Extreme Data Centers – Dave Cappuccio

  • Greatest facility problem with their primary data center is insufficient power
  • Did you know that you could support 2,017 servers, 18,300 images and 19 petabytes of storage in 2,600ft of IT space?  Extreme but possible.
  • An efficient design can reduce data center size estimates by 60% or more.
  • An efficient data center will use between 30% and 60% less energy.
  • PUE, DCiE are de facto standards – use them.
  • The values of DCIM and newer solutions have more advanced analytics for intelligent capacity planning and that they also have auto discovery capabilities.
  • Its not about what you use – but how you use it…..

Data Center & IT Optimization – John Enck & Raymond Paquet

  • Poll of audience: 38% of respondents would like to have between 30 and 40% of their IT budget dedicated to ‘running their business’ yet most today dedicate 60 to 70%
  • Know your costs before you try to improve them
  • Know what you have and how it’s being utilized.  

Best Practices for the Design and Implementation of Critical Data Center Facility Systems – John Phelps

  • In which budget does the cost for the data center power reside?
    -62% in facilities, 16% said facilities budget but will probably move to the IT budget
  • Do you measure PUE/DCiE for your data center?
    – 49% of respondents do not measure it at all today

 That concluded day 2 for us at Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas.

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