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Get started on the road to energy resource management. Learn how to improve power consumuption and gain visibility into the utilizaton of IT equipment with Viridity's EnergyCenter software.

Get started on the road to energy resource management. Learn how to improve power consumuption and gain visibility into the utilizaton of IT equipment with Viridity's EnergyCenter software.

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  • Hello, my name is Mike Rowan. I’m the Chief Technology Officer at Viridity Software and I’ll be taking you through today’s webinar “The Road to Energy Resource Management Software.”Data centers are huge consumers of power. According to Nemertes Research, “half of organizations with mid-sized data centers (5,000 – 50,000 square feet) will have insufficient power in 2011. Yet, only 45% of organizations actually measure their power usage.” They do not know how muchpower they are using and where it is being used. Ask a manager how much power is being consumed in the data center, you’ll quickly find out that most of them have no visibility into the problem. They do not have the basic information about equipment utilization or power consumption to deal with this challenge.
  • Viridity Software is the leader in Energy Resource Management.Our software connects equipment utilization and business value to power consumption in the data center.Customers are finding time to value in hours, not months.And, because we are a software solution, there is no additional hardware or agents required.
  • As we head out on the road to energy resource management, it’s important to look at the milestones along the way.The first step is to baseline the environment. Next, you begin to eliminate all non-productive assets. It’s in achieving these first two milestones, our customers find immediate value from Viridity EnergyCenter.After you’ve begun to be more efficient, you can begin to utilize the information from Viridity EnergyCenter to plan tech refreshes so that you’re purchasing the most efficient equipment and that you are placing it most efficiently within the rack and the aisles of your data center.Lastly, to achieve optimal operating efficiency, you want to build models that will improve your power and cooling and will measure your data center efficiency over time. This helps to tie IT objectives to the objectives of the business.
  • Hello, my name is Mike Rowan. I’m the Chief Technology Officer at Viridity Software and I’ll be taking you through today’s webinar “The Road to Energy Resource Management Software.”Data centers are huge consumers of power. According to Nemertes Research, “half of organizations with mid-sized data centers (5,000 – 50,000 square feet) will have insufficient power in 2011. Yet, only 45% of organizations actually measure their power usage.” They do not know how muchpower they are using and where it is being used. Ask a manager how much power is being consumed in the data center, you’ll quickly find out that most of them have no visibility into the problem. They do not have the basic information about equipment utilization or power consumption to deal with this challenge.
  • It’s hard to manage a data center when you don’t know where everything is located. View data center inventory of assets including servers, power distribution units (PDU's), branch circuit monitors (BCM), and more. Then filter system types by data center, rack row, or IP address range. This provides intelligent on-going asset and facility management.
  • Viridity EnergyCenter dynamically monitors data center power status on the power draw of your assets and the utilization and power consumption for the networked equipment in the data center. Snapshots look at data at a specific point in time so you wouldn’t be able to see when servers have spikes in workload unless you capture data at a particular moment.
  • Track equipment in the data center and identify what is consuming the most energy. Now, you can identify the best performing servers and placed where they’ll run most efficiently in the data center. You many also do a tech refresh to newer, more efficient servers to replace the least efficient ones.
  • Hello, my name is Mike Rowan. I’m the Chief Technology Officer at Viridity Software and I’ll be taking you through today’s webinar “The Road to Energy Resource Management Software.”Data centers are huge consumers of power. According to Nemertes Research, “half of organizations with mid-sized data centers (5,000 – 50,000 square feet) will have insufficient power in 2011. Yet, only 45% of organizations actually measure their power usage.” They do not know how muchpower they are using and where it is being used. Ask a manager how much power is being consumed in the data center, you’ll quickly find out that most of them have no visibility into the problem. They do not have the basic information about equipment utilization or power consumption to deal with this challenge.
  • Identify underused, orphaned, or inefficient servers and highlights the server candidates for removal, consolidation, or virtualization to drive out underutilized capacity throughout the data center. With Viridity EnergyCenter, you can filter down to the component level of an individual server to see how effectively each one is performing and how efficiently it is being used.
  • Identify underused, orphaned, or inefficient servers and highlights the server candidates for removal, consolidation, or virtualization to drive out underutilized capacity throughout the data center. With Viridity EnergyCenter, you can filter down to the component level of an individual server to see how effectively each one is performing and how efficiently it is being used.
  • Identify underused, orphaned, or inefficient servers and highlights the server candidates for removal, consolidation, or virtualization to drive out underutilized capacity throughout the data center. With Viridity EnergyCenter, you can filter down to the component level of an individual server to see how effectively each one is performing and how efficiently it is being used.
  • Hello, my name is Mike Rowan. I’m the Chief Technology Officer at Viridity Software and I’ll be taking you through today’s webinar “The Road to Energy Resource Management Software.”Data centers are huge consumers of power. According to Nemertes Research, “half of organizations with mid-sized data centers (5,000 – 50,000 square feet) will have insufficient power in 2011. Yet, only 45% of organizations actually measure their power usage.” They do not know how muchpower they are using and where it is being used. Ask a manager how much power is being consumed in the data center, you’ll quickly find out that most of them have no visibility into the problem. They do not have the basic information about equipment utilization or power consumption to deal with this challenge.
  • Key Points:Data centers do not have utilization & consumption data today. As a result, excess capacity is frequently built into the data center.The opposite is also true…little to NO excess capacity resulting in a potential cascading “Brown-out” situation (Wikidedia in March)Bottom line….without this basic data, you are either running high risk or high waste in your data center. With Viridity, you identify this “Available (or stranded) Capacity” allowing you to add years to your existing data center.
  • Key Points:Georgia Tech study showed big impact on costs based on placement within the rack.Utilization data is required to optimally placeOngoing operational dependency – achieve and maintain optimal placementMany data centers are being managed by spreadsheets and Visio drawings. These manually updated systems have a hard time keeping up with rack server equipment changes. With Viridity EnergyCenter, you have an easy-to-use, graphical view of your data center complete with utilization and automatic updates to server rack inventories. This helps optimize server capacity and avoid over-provisioning and underutilization of installed server rack systems. It also provides placement assistance for consolidations and new equipment.
  • The barriers to getting information can be organizational: silos of ownership between facilities and data center management.IT managers are responsible for supporting the business with technology. They are responsible for servers, storage, and virtualization in the data center. They need to keep the aisles cool and the data backed up. Facilities managers are responsible for overall site. They manage lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and most often, the electric bill. It’s their goal to drive down power consumption, reduce overall floor space, and keep the building operational.Energy efficiency initiatives require close alignment and participation of both departments. With Viridity EnergyCenter, everyone gets actionable information to do their jobs better together.
  • Hello, my name is Mike Rowan. I’m the Chief Technology Officer at Viridity Software and I’ll be taking you through today’s webinar “The Road to Energy Resource Management Software.”Data centers are huge consumers of power. According to Nemertes Research, “half of organizations with mid-sized data centers (5,000 – 50,000 square feet) will have insufficient power in 2011. Yet, only 45% of organizations actually measure their power usage.” They do not know how muchpower they are using and where it is being used. Ask a manager how much power is being consumed in the data center, you’ll quickly find out that most of them have no visibility into the problem. They do not have the basic information about equipment utilization or power consumption to deal with this challenge.
  • Viridity EnergyCenter deploys in minutes, not weeks. Within hours, you can discover data center power draw, events triggering jobs, average server utilization, and the number of underutilized servers across the data center. You get actionable information that improves energy efficiency and space utilization right away.When you consider that each watt of IT energy requires at least as much energy in infrastructure support, it’s easy to see a huge potential for savings and energy reduction without risking operations.
  • [NOTE: After the demo, switch to this slide . Leave this slide up during the Q&A portion.]We look forward to speaking with you about any challenges you may be having with energy in your data center and how we might help. I would also urge you to go to viridity.com and use our free underutilized server ROI calculator to gauge how much you could save annually in energy costs by shutting down servers which are not contributing to your business.

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  • 1. Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved
    The Road ToData Center Efficiency
  • 2. Energy Center connects equipment utilization and business value to power consumption
    Time-to-value in hours, not months
    Deploys in minutes, not weeks
    No additional hardware required
    No server agents required
    Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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    The Leader in EnergyResource Management
  • 3. Energy Resource Management (ERM)
    Eliminate Non-Productive IT Assets
    Improve
    Data Center
    Efficiency
    Optimize
    Operating
    Efficiency
    Baseline
    Environment
    Non-Productive IT Assets
    Retire Ghosts
    Leverage Underutilized servers
    IT Asset Inventory
    Dynamically
    Measure Utilization
    Know Top Power
    Consumers
    Find Stranded Capacity
    Optimal Placement
    Tech Refresh
    Automated Measurement & Monitoring
    Predictive Analysis
    Make IT a Competitive Advantage
    Source: Forrester “Five Data Center Efficiency Moves To Make Today”
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    BaselineEnvironment
  • 5. IT Asset Inventory
    Quit managing thedata center withspreadsheets
    Auto-discover ITassets down to thesubcomponent level
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  • 6. Dynamically Measure Utilization
    Trend powerusage and utilization over time
    Eliminate snapshots that gather point in time data
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    EnergyCenter: Power Utilization Profile
  • 7. Know Top Power Consumers
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    Identify equipment in the data center using the most power
    Map power consumption to utilization
    EnergyCenter: Top Power Consumers
  • 8. Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved
    EliminateNonproductive Assets
  • 9. Retire Ghosts From Data Center
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    Remove servers thatare not contributingto the business
    Identify thecandidates fordecommissioning or virtual consolidation
  • 10. Consolidate Nonproducers
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    Consolidateapplications andstacks of gear
    Enable additionalapplicationdeployment in existing data center
    EnergyCenter: Underutilized Server Identification
  • 11. Leverage Underutilized Servers
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    Remove, consolidate or virtualize applications
    Achieve peakperformance withthe equipment in theexisting data center
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    Improve Data CenterEfficiency
  • 13. Find Stranded Capacity
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    Add years to the life of existing data center
    Facilities is heating and cooling for
    1,000 kW
    Available Capacity
    Could add 1000 Additional Servers
    kW
    Max Draw
    480 kW
    Min Draw
    250 kW
    Utilization
  • 14. Optimal Placement of Equipment
    $17,450*
    $12,750*
    Savings of
    $1.8k - $7.7k
    Per Rack / Per year
    AVERAGE PUE
    AVERAGE PUE
    EnergyCenter
    VIIRIDITY
    5.7kW
    5.7kW
    Source: Georgia Tech Study
    *Note: Total annual power cost per rack
  • 15. Tech Refresh
    Upgrade power consuming equipment to new, energy efficient models
    Investment made is returned through the reduction of power and cooling expenses
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    “We estimate, in fact, that the conversion to the energy-efficient Intel Core micro-architecture saved up to 26 terawatt-hours of electricity between 2006 and 2009, compared to the technology it replaced.”
    -- Intel Annual Report, 2009
  • 16. Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved
    Achieve Optimal OperatingEfficiency
  • 17. Automated Measurement & Reports
    Information isgathered dynamicallyand reports aregenerated for analysisof:
    Server utilization
    Top power consumers
    Underutilized servers
    Power distributionunits
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  • 18. Predictive Analysis
    Identify trends overtime using historicalcharts
    Actionableinformation helps todrive down costs,manage risk, andextend the life ofexisting facilities
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  • 19. Make IT a Competitive Advantage
    Demonstrate how ITsaves money, energyand resources andhow that goes straightto the bottom line
    Lead corporatesustainability efforts
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  • 20. Learn More at Viridity.com
    Download Viridity white papers
    Register for a Viridity webinar
    Try our NEW ROI calculator!
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