Key areas to consider when evaluating a Data Centre


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In this presentation by InTechnology Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager, looks at the key areas that businesses should take into consideration when evaluating data centres for their hosting solutions.

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  • We use to direct the flow of air to were its required, reducing wastage and the creation of “hot spots” through the mixing of cold and hot air, proving an even temperature throughout the clients cabinets and equipment within the cabinets We cool by increasing the volume of air being pushed through the equipment by maintaining a positive pressure within the cold aisles as opposed to force chilling to artificially reduce the temperature of the provided air; this is both more efficient and more reliable. Our Interactive PDU distribution boards provide feed level monitoring of consumption and use, we can alert a client on threshold breaches and provide detailed analysis on the effect of equipment being installed or services going live, this puts cause and effect directly into the control of clients. You can directly correlate you IT consumption against its carbon impact, enabling you to offset carbon against specific services by using the data from our Measurement systems, this with our leading PUE figure ensures that your services are the most carbon efficient possible
  • It’s so easy for data centres to push equipment life beyond its replacement cycle, capital expenditure accruement sacrificed to booster end of year results, N+ equipment run at N statues due to inadequate maintenance schedules Equipment no longer fully supported by the equipment vendors, support contracts cut back just when required most at end of life. Compliance testing required that will disrupt your operation or significantly impact on the resilience of the data centre provision, Constant service degradation notifications, questions over confidence, Data centres that avoid direct comparisons with their peers, all signs that the facility is being pushed beyond its designed limits or material life cycle Indirect support through third party agents, No access to the DC maintenance records through restrictive NDA,s and no visibility over what goes on in your area Incomplete records or fudged data, risk issues when obtaining continuity insurance Poor record on reliability SLA’s that allow excessive downtime, claims that cannot be substantiated with fact
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  • Key areas to consider when evaluating a Data Centre

    2. 2. WEBCAST AGENDA• Introducing InTechnology• The Importance of Geographic Location• Security• Performance• Reliability• Scalability• Cloud Credentials• Supplier Background• Summary & Q & A Session
    3. 3. INTRODUCING INTECHNOLOGY• Serving the UK IT market for over 26 years• Unique position in the managed IT services market place• Full range of managed IT services delivered to over800 UK businessesYour Webcast PresenterName: Paul HonePosition at InTechnology: Data Centre ManagerTime at InTechnology: 2 Years
    4. 4. LOCATIONThe importance of geographical locationDiversity• Geographical• NetworkLondon vs. Outside of London• Benefits of Thames Valley /‘Silicon Valley’• No flood plain• Security / access• Olympics• National events / demo
    5. 5. How to protect your environment both physically and logically?Security safeguards• Physical access• Security guards• CCTV• Network security• Environmental securityBackupsAvailability / UptimeBusiness Continuity and Disaster RecoverySECURITY
    6. 6. PERFORMANCEWhy should a next generation data centre be designed forpower availability?•Power availability vs. footprint•Power sourcing increasingly difficult•Maximising available power•Carbon reduction requirements•Power cost increase• General market changes• Decommission of nuclear power stations
    7. 7. How to enhance service performance through managing thepower and fuel consumed by using a cooling design and beingmore energy efficient?•Cold aisle containment•Free air cooling systems•Measurement and billing•Carbon usePERFORMANCE
    8. 8. RELIABILITYWhy ageing data centres can put yourbusiness at risk?•End of life issues•Maintenance and support•Testing and verification•Reliability Issues
    9. 9. What impact on sustainability and reliability can an end-to-enddesign, delivery and support bring to your company?•Costs predictability•100% service availability•One service provider to manage = easier fault escalation & resolution•Easier to calculate reduced emission• From PUE 2.0+ to 1.3• Reduction in IT equipment• Hands & Eyes support = Reduction in site visitsRELIABILITY
    10. 10. SCALABILITYHow important is the hybrid model of physical data centrespace and cloud computing infrastructure to ensure easy andaffordable scalability?•Difficult to predict future requirements•Some apps can be virtualised, others can’t•Meet peak demands•Address short term requirements•Pay for what you need not what’s available•Customer choice vs. dictated by the supplier
    11. 11. What aspects of the environment need to be scalable: power,space, performance, network, support etc?•Overcome the rigid constraints of in-house deployments•Respond quickly to business requirements•Quickly deploy new applications•Access to additional hosting space & power•Scale network bandwidth•Increase computing power, storage class &volumes•Access 24/7 supportSCALABILITY
    12. 12. CLOUD CREDENTIALSService Detail Who WhySelf Provisioning Portal InTechnology Access to serviceCreating new virtual machine, Selectingmemory and CPUCustomer Flex to meet specific server & apprequirementsSelecting storage type & volume Customer Deliver IOPS, i.e. disk speedOS & App licenses Customer / ITO Use customer’s own or our SPLA licensesScalable infrastructure InTechnology So customers can provision new servers& storage instantlyFlexible infrastructure InTechnology So customers can change performanceinstantlyResilience & security InTechnology To remove single PoFCentralised & internet facing InTechnology To provide easy user accessAccess to nationwide network InTechnology One SLA for all DC servicesEnd to end support InTechnology To reduce risk and cost
    13. 13. SUPPLIER BACKGROUND• Wholesale vs. service provider• Track record• Where are the services delivered from?• Who owns and manages the data centre?• Can you visit the data centre?• Accreditation / certifications• What support services are available?• Who provides and manages thecustomer network?• What auxiliary services can yousubscribe to?
    14. 14. SUMMARYTrack recordSecurity• Physical & LogicalPerformance• Power availability• Power & cooling optimisationReliability• Data centre evolution• Green credentialsScalabilityCloud credentials
    15. 15. ANY QUESTIONS?THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIMEEmail: contact@intechnology.comTelephone: 0800 983 2522Website: www.intechnology.comTwitter: Studies: