Data Center Decisions

Data Center Decisions Session Downloads: Power and Cooling Track (Chicago 2006)

More systems, more applications, more data -- this all means that more power and cooling is necessary to keep a data center running. This track looks at how data center designs can maximize air flow, A/C considerations (CRAC units, PDUs, etc.), new techniques in cooling and the looming issue blade servers bring to cooling.

On the power side, data centers are experiencing giant leaps in the amount of power needed to run a center. With the growth, there is an impending danger. Analysts estimate 80% of companies will have a serious power loss event in the next five years. Speakers will run through how to minimize disruptions, rules of thumb for wattage per square foot, generator issues and how to be prepared in case of power outages.

Downloads included in this track:(click title to download slides)

Power & Cooling Keynote: Challenging IT for the IT Challenges Ahead
Speaker: Bob McFarlane, Principal, Shen Milson & Wilke, Inc.
Description:Increased performance is demanding even greater expenditures for the power and cooling to support it. Having built capability and reliability to unprecedented levels, IT is in danger of being virtually forgotten until disaster strikes. It will take constant effort to keep users from becoming complacent, oblivious to the enormous effort IT has invested in building and maintaining a high service level. In this keynote address from Data Center Decisions 2006, Bob McFarlane discusses how continued success will necessitate maintaining visibility with top management to garner the funding and support required to keep up with what's ahead, and challenges the audience to be proactive in avoiding its pitfalls.

Practical Cooling in the Data Center
Speaker: Don Beaty, DLB Associates Consulting Engineers
Description: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been in existence since 1894, has over 50,000 members and is the undisputed major source of unbiased cooling information. This includes publishing a number of model codes, standards and guidelines. This presentation focuses on the practical application of ASHRAE standards to address this wide range of cooling applications and challenges in a vendor neutral manner.

Measuring Energy Consumption and Performance of Data Centers and Servers
Speakers: Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University
Description: Never before have server purchasers been armed with actual server energy efficiency benchmarks. In this session, Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D. describes the status of a protocol developed in an industry consensus process for attaching energy measurements to existing performance metrics for servers. This protocol allows server manufacturers to generate standard "power curves" for each server that can be compared on a consistent basis, thus allowing server purchasers (for the first time) to specify server energy performance in their purchasing decisions.

Next Generation Density Cooling Approaches
Speaker: Robert E. McFarlane, Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc.
Description: As heat densities continue to rise, manufacturers are responding with new solutions. Some are unconventional and may appear rather strange. Some require expensive new infrastructure. All require a new way of thinking. This session explores the newest cooling approaches, as well as some that have been around for awhile. Robert explains how they function, what's needed to make them work, and their constraints or limitations. He also provides some guidelines to help you determine where each approach is most applicable, how to evaluate options and how to get the most out of whatever you choose.

Power and Cooling Are Not Sold Short in Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Speaker: Bob Petrowski, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Description: When the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) relies on data centers to record and settle a billion-and-a-half dollars in trades every day it better being up and running continuously and have a good power and cooling plan of attack. But, that's not easy when you are in charge of the world's largest and most diverse financial exchange.

In this session, Bob shares how his team designed the power and cooling aspects of his data center space. He gives you the logic behind his decisions to carve up the space in logical units and examines why certain cooling and power choices were made. Bob also covers the challenges he incurred while consolidating systems, where he sees the future of his systems going and some of the successes achieved at the CME.

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This was first published in October 2006

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