Planning for Cloud Computing: Data Center Infrastructure Considerations


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This presentation from Emerson Network Power provides an overview of cloud computing, examines the drivers, issues & benefits of the cloud computing movement, and offers five cloud computing best practices that can help you to achieve Efficiency Without Compromise™.

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  • Innovative Liebert XD cooling solutions leverage key technologies in the Flex Capacity, High Density and Infrastructure Management areas. Designs take full advantage of bringing cooling close to the heat source to maximize efficiency. Rack and zone systems work smartly with room cooling using iCom controls. Flexible designs allow easy expansion as heat density needs grow. Reliable design and engineering ensures systems operate as desired, with no shortcuts and adverse water problems like some. With all this, Liebert XD products clearly deliver Efficiency Without Compromise.
  • The new Liebert CRV has Flex Capacity technologies with the digital scroll compressor and EC fan technology, and at 35kW in a single 600mm rack footprint it delivers a high density architecture either in a open environment or as a part of a SmartAisle. Network connectivity ensures key operating information is shared and acted upon for proper Infrastructure Management. The Liebert CRV reduces the system design and deployment time because it is a self contained system pre-engineered with typical options and is designed for both raised and non-raised floor environments as standard. Application and cooling capacity can assist with high density cooling zones. It also reduces operating costs with the Liebert iCom control and provides trouble-free operation = No Water Carryover and you can perform compressor maintenance without removing the unit from the row.Backed by the leader in data center precision cooling...the Liebert CRV delivers…Efficiency Without Compromise
  • The Liebert NXL is all about Eco Availability. It is engineered for very high reliability operation in both N+1 and 1+N configurations along with easy wiring installation and interface to other electrical components.Network connectivity in the Liebert NXL also allows key operating information to be shared and acted upon for proper management and control. It offers reduced operating costs with Intelligent Eco-mode, and it is supported by the unparalleled system design knowledge of our power team and the Liebert field service organization the Liebert NXL delivers…Efficiency Without Compromise.
  • Our Infrastructure Management solutions include comprehensive monitoring and control offerings ensure not only status of all critical systems but also capacity management and optimization of IT systems. Windows to pertinent data exists for the data center pro, general It, facilities and management. Cooling and power is watched and effected. Energy is optimized. Full alert and even remote monitoring and control capabilities ensures availability is delivered. Through monitoring and control solutions using Liebert and Aperture, Efficiency Without Compromise is delivered.
  • Planning for Cloud Computing: Data Center Infrastructure Considerations

    1. 1. 1<br />Planning for Cloud Computing: Data Center Infrastructure Considerations<br />
    2. 2. Contents<br />Cloud computing overview<br />Drivers, issues & benefits<br />Efficiency Without Compromise™<br />Five cloud computing best practices<br />Evaluating cloud vendors<br />2<br />
    3. 3. 3<br />Definition<br />Cloud computing is Internet- ("cloud-") based development and use of computer technology ("computing").In concept, it is a paradigm shift whereby details are abstracted from the users who no longer have need of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them.<br />Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet.<br />Source: Wikipedia, February 2010<br />
    4. 4. Growth of Cloud Computing<br />$16.2 billion today<br />Increase to $42 billion by 2012<br />By 2012 will be 25% of all new IT spend<br />15-25% adoption presently<br />25-45% adoption by 2012<br />4<br />Source: “IDC Finds Cloud Computing Poised to Capture IT Spending Growth Over Next Five Years.” Apache. October 21, 2008.<br />
    5. 5. 5<br />Business drivers & potential benefits<br />Business directive - C-level execs want to “press a button” to get more IT resources & services to meet dynamically changing needs<br />Cost reduction – conversion of fixed Capex to variable Opex<br />Usage-based billing - pay-per-use metered model; consumption & value-based model<br />Launch speed - fast deployment & time-to-market for apps & services<br />Agility - meet peak demands without over-provisioning; right-size resources, create capacity on demand<br />Ease of maintenance – resource efficiency; can free up IT staff to focus on things that drive business: customer-focused apps, web site service innovation, etc.<br />Energy efficiency - reduced environmental footprint<br />
    6. 6. Cloud computing concerns<br />6<br />Suitability for needs – defining appropriate workloads & applications<br />Security & privacy - physical defenses & safety of data & software; compliance<br />Availability & reliability - latency & performance issues; lack of reporting<br />Ownership / control - reduced access / visibility to data & processes<br />Interoperability – standards in flux, vendor lock-in, public / private hybrids<br />Vendor management – level of trust; contracting & relationships; chargeback & sharing<br />
    7. 7. The spectrum of public to private cloud services<br />7<br />Source: Gartner Group, December 2009<br />
    8. 8. Types of Cloud Computing<br />EXTERNAL / PUBLIC – Pay-per-use hosting of virtual servers at an external, or public, cloud service providers<br />INTERNAL / PRIVATE – Operating an internal, or private, cloud, where your IT department offers virtual servers as a service.<br />HYBRID – Integrating the on-premise infrastructure with applications and information deployed to a service provider, either temporarily (“bursting”) or permanently.<br />8<br />Source: Layered Tech and Forrester, 2009<br />Illustration: Circle ID Intranet Infrastructure<br />
    9. 9. Cloud computing service offerings<br />SaaS - Software-as-a-service products provide a complete, turnkey application—including complex programs such as those for CRM or enterprise-resource management—via the Internet.<br />PaaS - Platform-as-a-service products offer a full or partial development environment that users can access and utilize online, even in collaboration with others.<br />IaaS - Infrastructure-as-a-service products deliver a full computer infrastructure via the Internet.<br />DaaS - Desktop-as-a-service which utilize virtualization of desktop systems serving thin clients.<br />9<br />Source: Cloud Computing Journal, July 2009<br />Photo: IBM’s cloud computing center<br />
    10. 10. What are enterprises doing in the cloud now?<br />Prototyping / proof-of-concept – “trying it on” - setting up private clouds & investigating how to leverage public clouds to support cloud bursting<br />Web content & applications – commodity (i.e., web analytics)<br />E-mail & collaboration – for large user bases<br />Software as a Service (SaaS) – peripheral processing, whilekeeping core functions (i.e., ERP) in the data center<br />Test & development – rapid provisioning, unpredictable workloads<br />High-performance computing – huge economies of scale for very large data queries & massively parallel workloads<br />10<br />Illustration: Alliance Global Services<br />
    11. 11. 11<br />Planning for cloud computing: best practices<br />
    12. 12. Cloud computing must employ Efficiency Without Compromise™<br />Organizations today are challenged to meet constant changes in business priorities and user demand in the most efficient and effective way possible. <br />Cloud computing can help deliver the flexibility organizations need, with a positive impact on data center management.<br />Efficiency Without Compromise calls for companies to optimize data center infrastructure to reduce cost and deliver high availability in 4 key areas of opportunity.<br />12<br />
    13. 13. 13<br />High Density Cooling<br />Power<br />Architecture<br />Intelligent Aisle Containment<br />Management<br />Tools &<br />Technologies<br />Integration<br />& Operation<br />Services<br />Expert<br />Advice<br />Variable Air Flow<br />Intelligent<br />Control<br />Variable Capacity<br />Uninterruptible Power<br />Critical Services<br />Economization<br />Efficiency Without Compromise TM<br />
    14. 14. Cloud Computing: best practice #1Optimize existing facilities<br /><ul><li>Create a robust end-to-end, fault-tolerant architecture to fully and securely integrate enterprise apps with the public cloud infrastructure & services
    15. 15. Employ low first-cost, flexible infrastructure systems
    16. 16. Save on space, power, cooling, and energy using a highly redundant and resilient infrastructure platform, with no single points of failure
    17. 17. Consolidate networking infrastructure into fewer devices to save space, power, cooling, and management overhead
    18. 18. Example action: Apply adaptive cooling
    19. 19. Variable capacity & airflow
    20. 20. Intelligent controls</li></ul>14<br />
    21. 21. Cloud Computing: best practice #2Increase data center density<br /><ul><li>Increase the capacity & efficiency of existing facilities, where high densities of 10 kW/rack are commonplace
    22. 22. Right-size spaces to delay new construction & defer footprint expansion
    23. 23. Data center shell supports large capacity
    24. 24. Carve facility into zones with smaller, denser buildouts to reduce Capex
    25. 25. Adopt a pod-based approach to construction & expansion
    26. 26. Example action: Employ virtualized high density environments
    27. 27. Intelligent aisle containment
    28. 28. Robust power architecture</li></ul>15<br />
    29. 29. Liebert XD Cooling<br />Reduced System Design and Deployment Time<br />Scalable architecture allows fast and easy enablement of dense computing<br />Applications for most any room layout, raised and non-raised floors<br />Open and closed architectures<br />Reduced Operating Cost<br />Close to the source cooling delivers 30-50% energy savings<br />Reduced Downtime<br />Extends IT systems life and reduces device failures <br />Removes dangerous heat, reducing failures and increasing system availability. <br />16<br />
    30. 30. Cloud Computing: best practice #3Increase efficiency at reduced loads<br />Deploy infrastructure systems that can flex with changing operating conditions<br />Accommodate high peaks of demand<br />Ensure efficiency remains high during periods of low demand<br />Example actions:<br />Employ cooling with variable speed drives to reduce energy consumption by 50% at 80% speed<br />Use EC fans to reduce energy consumption by up to 30% at full speed and 65% at 80% speed.<br />17<br />
    31. 31. Example solution: Liebert CRV Cooling<br />Reduced System Design and Deployment Time<br />Self-contained precision cooling for rows<br />No ductwork, plenums or floor-stands<br />Temperature & humidity control<br />Raised or non-raised floors<br />Field adjustable airflow: re-adjust baffles as cooling needs change<br />Reduced Operating Cost<br />Integrated Liebert iCOM control utilizes multiple temperature sensors to maximize operating efficiency<br />Digital scroll compressor modulates cooling capacity and reduces power at partial loads<br />EC fan technology and directional baffles regulates air flow and reduces fan input power<br />Trouble free operation & maintenance with easy servicing<br />18<br />
    32. 32. Cloud Computing: best practice #4Assure high availability<br />Ensure cost reduction using cloud does not impact availability levels<br />Decrease downtime costs through high-availability configurations<br />Example actions:<br />Deploy redundant, high availability on-line UPS protection while providing efficiencies > 93% at part load.<br />Employ performance monitoring<br />Manage electrical distribution end-to-end, from the service entrance, thru the UPS, to the row, rack & server levels<br />Use preventative maintenance<br />Setup procedures for preventative maintenance without IT services shutdown.<br />Use intelligent UPSes for up to 97% full load efficiency using an always-on inverter, to ensure high availability and seamlessly assume the load in the event of a power disturbance<br />Battery monitoring and periodic maintenance maximizes performance, life and availability<br />19<br />
    33. 33. Example solution:Liebert NXL UPS<br />Reduced System Design and Deployment Time<br />Engineered for friendly generator and utility interface<br />Available in N+1 and 1+N configurations<br />Easy cable access for faster wiring installation<br />Reduced Operating Cost<br />Intelligent Eco-mode provides up to 97% efficiency<br />Front access only (saves space, easy to maintain)<br />Reduced Downtime<br />Integrated battery monitoring options<br />Redundant components – fans, power supplies and communications cards<br />Superior dynamic performance and input fault current capability <br />20<br />
    34. 34. Cloud Computing: best practice #5Get a handle on costs & capacity<br />Gain visibility into costs to balance internal vs. external computing resources<br />Assess cost of compromised SLAs in determining the ROI of power and cooling systems<br />Example actions:<br />Employ infrastructure management technologies<br />Develop accurate pricing models for internal clouds<br />Measure power & cooling system capacity, utilization & efficiency<br />Monitor IT assets, interdependencies & application integration<br />21<br />
    35. 35. Example solutions: Liebert Sitescan / Liebert Nform / Liebert Vista<br />Improve Design, Planning and Management <br />Optimize asset and capacity management <br />Critical infrastructure monitoring and predictive analysis <br />Open or closed architecture<br />Reduced Operating Cost<br />Measure and track energy usage <br />Forecast future needs <br />Reduced Downtime<br />React to problems before they happen<br />Establish routines to maintain availability<br />Keep systems operating efficiently <br />22<br />
    36. 36. 23<br />Evaluating cloud services<br />
    37. 37. Evaluating cloud providers / services<br />Enterprises are looking at outsourcing non-core competencies to a service provider<br />Examine your decision criteria to determine which actions to take<br />Do you expect to be heavily dependent on cloud or have limited use? <br />Will you be providing cloud services interally? <br />Evaluate the risk factors for operating an on-premises data center and the level of internal performance levels, with the level of vendor risk. <br />Compare the data center’s ability against the 3rd party provider’s capabilities for high availability, business continuity, disaster recovery, power consumption, and managing the technical and physical infrastructure.<br />24<br />
    38. 38. Evaluation criteria<br />Obtain rock-solid guaranteed SLAs:<br />Uptime reliability and availability<br />Intake & migration<br />Problem escalation<br />Termination rights<br />Failure compensation<br />Validate the investment in technologies required to achieve and ensure high availability; understand persistence & state limitations.<br />Quantify the cost of ownership including hardware costs, implementation, license costs, and time to value.<br />Verify your cloud vendor provides real-time monitoring; management and system performance, to ensure power and cooling continuity. Assess the vendor’s exception reporting maturity and alerting/notification processes.<br />Evaluate partnership ecosystems to gauge the state of technical and business alliances.<br />Gain evidence of a growing installed base of commercial clients. <br />25<br />
    39. 39. 26<br />Summary<br />Planning for and using the best of cloud computing brings the potential for long-term operating cost and business efficiency benefits.<br />Network infrastructure / architecture for the most business-critical apps & data is more vital than ever; companies need to mitigate the risk of experimenting with cloud computing.<br />It may be a business inhibitor to move a large portion of your computing into the cloud; security and managing risk into the cloud are still weighty concerns.<br />A combined approach employing both internal and external cloud approaches affords flexible capacity & maximum availability, and ensures any new capital expenditures are spent toward creating innovation, continuity, and driving competitive advantage.<br />Emerson’s data center solutions help optimize the efficiency and elasticity of network infrastructure, bringing the reliability & availability required by applications and equipment, to deliver cloud-style optimization and agility. <br />Emerson solutions help those planning to add simplified cloud computing infrastructures to their data centers by optimizing the on-demand physical infrastructure, enabling a dynamic data center that delivers Efficiency Without Compromise.<br />
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