Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
I want to share the recent event calendar of summer training courses for SecureSkills hosted by Fishnet Security. The first upcoming event in Kansas City is the National F5 Networks Course from May 17-21, 2010.
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
By: Greg Elliott
Hi, I’m Greg Elliott with 1102 GRAND, Kansas City’s carrier hotel and collocation facility. Thanks for taking the time to join me for another podcast concerning what we’re seeing out there in the collocation industry. Today, I’m going to focus on why networking events are important to 1102 GRAND to facilitate the growth of the IT and the telecom community in the area. 1102 GRAND is a major hub for voice and data traffic in the midwest and we see a lot of deals come through the doors and we offer to help in any way we can. Whether it’s a potential customer who needs cabinet or cage space, or just needs a recommendation on who they should go to for their solution to their problem. We always try and help.
For years, we have sponsored networking events to help bring people together. We have our annual golf tournament, our Boulevard Brewery event, along with other informal events throughout the year. We find that when you bring individuals together in a relaxed atmosphere people share ideas, and in turn, deals happen. So we feel it’s our place in the community to be a hub for the commerce, as well as a hub for the internet. I invite you to come take a look at what we’re building at 1102 GRAND.
Click here to register for the April 1st networking event at Boulevard Brewery
By: Darren Bonawitz
Here are some ways to go green.
1. Start with a energy audit to determine current carbon footprint and serve as a baseline for
2. Install blanking panels to prevent air mixing between hot and cold aisles
3. Maintain proper under floor static pressure
4. Ensure the area under raised floors are as free from debris/congestion as possible
5. Replace older computer room air conditioners (CRACs) with newer and more energy efficient models
6. Implement hot aisle/cold aisle concepts including containment strategies
7. Utilize virtualization to reduce server footprint
8. Utilize low power servers when applicable
9. Convert from three-way to two-way valve CRAC Units
10. Invest in a robust environmental monitoring and control system
11. Measure temperature at the front of the cabinets and make temperature control decisions on that data
12. Replace older networking gear with more energy efficient models
13. Utilize “free cooling” if the geographical environment makes it possible
14. Evaluate replacing metal-halide fluorescent fixtures with T5HO lighting
15. Determine reasonable goals and a realistic plan and get going on a set date rather than always waiting
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Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
A few days ago, I was featured in an article written by Sixto Ortiz Jr. on processor.com focusing on energy savings in the data center. Thank you so much for the feature. The following is an excerpt where I’m featured. To read the entire article, click “read more” at the bottom of this post.
Energy Savings In The Data Center
Power and cooling in the data center go hand in hand. Servers need power to function but also need plenty of cooling so power dissipated as excess heat does not interfere with server functionality. So, energy savings can easily be captured by performing tasks that optimize power management and cooling.
Darren Bonawitz, principal owner of a Kansas City data center called 1102 GRAND (www.1102grand.com), says administrators should install blanking panels to prevent air mixing between hot and cold aisles, maintain proper under-floor static pressure, remove debris and congestion from the area under raised floors, replace older computer room air conditioners with newer and more energy-efficient models, and utilize low-power servers. (read more)
By: Darren Bonawitz
Here’s an article regarding Extreme Networks’ announcement at the Gartner Data Center Conference which promotes a fairly major paradigm shift. Essentially, Extreme Networks is proposing to eliminate server level virtual switching, which is just the opposite of Cisco’s proposed path. On one hand, I see where Extreme is coming from or at least where they are trying to go.
Virtual switches on servers are more complex from a management standpoint, and hardware switching is more reliable. The problem I see is that Extreme is not only going to collide with Cisco and their massive market share on this. Instead, this will also put them at odds from a strategy standpoint with the likes of HP, Juniper and Force10. Extreme is going to face an up-hill “us against the rest” battle, and that is tough to wage when you only have 1.5% market share, seriously declining revenues and major reorganization changes including the CEO stepping down a month or so ago. IT leaders have to have faith in the company before they can have faith in the technology – no matter how (potentially) innovative.
At the same time, it is tough to gain market share by following the herd, and I applaud them for the cutting edge attempt and taking such a brand defining stand. May the best solution win.
By Darren Bonawitz
It’s not always easy to admit when you don’t know something or that you need help, but as this article from the WHIR shows, setting ego aside can pay huge dividends. Data center managers either need to acquire knowledge or seek those who possess it regarding greening their IT operations. The cost of not doing so is simply too high. A reputable and qualified consultant can yield savings that offset the costs of obtaining their expertise. Keep in mind, the return on the investment increases month after month as savings are continually realized. At 1102 GRAND, I’ll admit we don’t utilize a lot of consultants because Todd, our director of operations, enjoys staying on top of trends and testing new products or solutions. He says learning and researching best practices and reading up on new or emerging technologies is half of the fun of his job. If that sounds like you, then maybe a consultant is not necessary. I guess my point is, the key is having a strategy and successfully implementing it consistently.
For example, just a few weeks ago Todd was able to apply a combination of things he learned at a conference, networking with other data center professionals and researching topics online to improve the under floor static pressure in raised floor data centers. It took him a couple of days to dial everything in (and some time to research, of course), but his answer was being able to shut off CRAC units that were no longer necessary with the current heat load in multiple collocation areas at our building. The result: savings of an estimated $20,000 per year, plus a reduction in our current carbon footprint. As I mentioned in a previous post, don’t look for million dollar savings. Find smaller savings that will result in incremental increases in both efficiency and cost savings.
In addition to seeking knowledge (on your own or through trusted advisors), and watching for new technologies that fit your data center environment, don’t forget to look for incentives. This is one I’ll admit nearly passed us by until I was researching something totally unrelated on our electric utility company’s website. I’m still looking into the opportunities and seeing how they’ll fit our current and future plans, but I think there are some definite opportunities. Stay tuned for more on that in a future post. As always, if you have experiences to share about utility company incentives, please let me know.
Bluestone Helps MA Data Center Earn Energy Efficiency Rebate
(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Engineering service firm Bluestone Energy Services (www.bluestoneenergy.com) recently helped a biotech firm to receive incentives from the local utility for achieving energy efficiency measures in its Boston area-based data center, according to a report by DatacenterDynamics.
Article from the Environmental Leader here outlines how the Symantec Corp, an infrastructure software provider, will save $2.1 million dollars by their green IT efforts in a little over 3 years. Its a good read and case study on how green IT efforts can impact a specific company, and adds credibility to our continuing efforts. We brought up the benefits of greening IT up in a previous post – To Green The Data Center, IT Has To Feel Some Pain, and hope this article from a leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news helps prove our point that going green is a must!
Also, another article from the Environmental Leader finds that, according to a recent survey from Symantec, nearly all senior-level IT executives are at least discussing a green information technology (IT) strategy, while 45 percent have already implemented green IT initiatives. This is big news for the future of Green IT! Here’s the full story.