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Data Center Planning & Infrastructure Management' by David Tremont'


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ManageEngine DCIM Meetup @Dallas / Houston
'Data Center Planning & Infrastructure Management'
by David Tremont'

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  • Other fire systems include ADS FM-200, Dry chemical, Co2 extinguishing systems


  • 1. Data Center Planning & Infrastructure Management What are the challenges? Presented by David Tremont, Director, Network Services Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • 2. An OLD story about the data center of the future This data center runs 24/7 with only a man and a dog. The man's job is to feed the dog. The dog's job is to make sure the man does not touch the servers.
  • 3. Top Priorities • Facility Location, Services, Protection • Network Redundant Paths • Heat Density Data Center cooling strategy • Availability Uptime for critical systems • Energy efficiency Reduce energy usage • Power Density Volume power density with space constraints Visibility • Monitoring
  • 4. Facilities Location – determining the location can be a challenge relating to disasters, terror threats, accessibility, Metro infrastructure (power grids) Services – Generator services, UPS capability, ATS. Protection – Security, Fire suppression/protection (ECS FM-200 systems, “Clean Agent” extinguishing systems, sprinkler systems, etc). Federal, State, County, City Building codes/regulations for electrical, fire systems, fire alarms, security, etc. Emirates Tower Offices
  • 5. This isn’t the Data Center you’re looking for…
  • 6. Map provided by
  • 7. Defining Basic Network Metrics for Data Center  Can I monitor my Network, Server Farm, WAN, DIA, PRI/SIP connections for uptime, SLA, Jitter, utilization and latency?  Are backup services for network available via redundant paths, alternate routes without degradation that will affect access to critical systems?  Do I have metrics to determine points of failure, electrical usage, environmental issues, application usage and performance?  What type of granularity do I need for reporting to Senior Management?  Do I have the ability to monitor these services for SLA via my own application or do I have to utilize multiple tool sets or rely on the vendor? (single pane of glass)
  • 8. HEAT DENSITY There are 5 categories of gross space within a technology space or data center that require specific use planning relative to heat density: Electrically active IT hardware product footprints. These consist of computers and telecommunications equipment including communications frames, servers, rack-mounted equipment, DASD and tape systems. Service clearances for the above equipment Site Infrastructure support equipment This includes facility equipment installed on the raised floor or within the technology space supplying cooling or power to the IT equipment. Cooling systems include chilled-water air handlers or computer room air-conditioning units, critical power equipment covers, in-room UPS, etc. Electrically inactive areas Main isles, cross aisles and incidental storage Monitoring specific zones within the data center environment
  • 9. Availability Generators, UPS, Batteries, A/B power, Circuit sizing Need to know when power events happen!
  • 10. Energy Efficiency Virtualization Consolidation of under utilized servers Hot aisle/Cold aisle Layout Containment/Enclosures
  • 11. Why is power density important? It is important to understand your power density requirements so you know what amount of flexibility you have in each cabinet you buy. Example: Let's imagine you are using 10U blade servers in your environment, and each one uses about 4 kW of power. A cabinet is typically 40U - 45U; but if only 4 kW is supported per cabinet you will be using the max amount of power while only occupying 1/4 of the space in the cabinet. If you have 4 of these blade servers, would you rather put them in 1 cabinet or 4? Since the costs for this space is basically designed on a per cabinet basis, you can see that if you extrapolate this example out over a large environment, you will see huge inefficiencies in a low density environment.
  • 12. Monitoring • Power • Consumption • Systems • Assets • Capacity • Failed Systems • Virtual • Change
  • 13. It is all about ….. Monitoring Planning Images from Opmanager
  • 14. Dilbert visits the Data Center
  • 15. Questions???