Data Center Power Strategies

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Power Strategies for Data Center Efficiency – Identifying Cost Reduction Opportunities

In a survey conducted by the Uptime Institute, enterprise data center managers responded that 42% of them expected to run out of power capacity within 12-24 months and another 23% claimed that they would run out of power capacity in 24-60 months. Greater attention to energy efficiency and consumption is critical.

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Data Center Power Strategies

  1. 1. 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Power Strategies for Data Center Efficiency – Identifying Cost Reduction Opportunities October 15, 2008 ________________________________
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Importance of Power Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Power Flow </li></ul><ul><li>Points to Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>How to Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Power Management Alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  3. 3. Energy Cost Projection 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: Aperture, Greener Pastures for Your Data Center
  4. 4. Energy Consumers <ul><li>Infrastructure Consumes More Power Than The IT Equipment </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: The Green Grid, Guidelines for Energy-Efficient Datacenters
  5. 5. Energy Consumers 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: Burton Group, Improving Data Center Energy Efficiency: A Holistic Approach
  6. 6. Related Costs 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: APC
  7. 7. Energy Benchmark <ul><li>Established Green Grid Benchmark </li></ul><ul><li>Enables Comparison </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: The Green Grid
  8. 8. Planned Energy Consumption <ul><li>Do You Know Your Planned Watts/Sq. Ft.? </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: Ziff-Davis, Data Center Power and Heat Management: Ready Or Not?
  9. 9. Planning Context <ul><li>SLA Support </li></ul><ul><li>ITIL Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>TCO Precision </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  10. 10. Downtime Costs 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  11. 11. Data Center Power Flow 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  12. 12. Cumulative Loss 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: Energy Logic
  13. 13. E 3 Estimator <ul><li>Estimation of Data Center Energy Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Benchmark Basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Research Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Availability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet Now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>42U Website Soon </li></ul></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  14. 14. Measuring Energy Use 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: The Green Grid M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M M Utility Meter Facility Meters IT Meters M
  15. 15. Power Consumption Monitoring 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Rack In Cabinet Power Monitoring CRAC Fan Speed PDU Current, Voltage & Power Panel Power CRAH Fan Power
  16. 16. Detailed Load Analysis <ul><li>Measurement Techniques </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart PDUs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated PDU Panel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actual UPS Load </li></ul></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  17. 17. Cost/Risk-Mitigation Comparison 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  18. 18. Basic Power 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Advantages Disadvantages Standardization on a single manufacturer's products, footprint, MTBF expectations, etc. No additional tools to manage power related issues either locally or remotely Minimal investment in providing reliable power distribution within the equipment rack Retrofitting existing environments can be more expensive than perceived benefits Certain options do include branch-circuit protection to isolate power issues and maintain as much operational equipment as possible Relatively inexpensive power infrastructure improvement for any size datacenter
  19. 19. Metered Power 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Advantages Disadvantages Provide visual indicator of amperage draw per circuit within the physical data center environment While visual indicators are valuable at locations with local IT personnel, these cues don’t provide information to remote resources and IT personnel Eliminate circuit overload by accurately measuring consumption and allowing IT professionals to maintain optimal 80% power loads Since there is no ongoing logging availability, trading cannot be utilized for resource planning when adding or changing equipment configurations
  20. 20. Monitored Power 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Advantages Disadvantages Provide true real-time power status for monitoring purposes and addressing issues as they occur Information provided can be of significant value, but does not provide the ability to mitigate problems and reduce MTTR from off-site locations Information can be sent to single or multiple off-site locations for interpretation and selection of appropriate response planning Important alert information still necessitates involving other support aspects, including non-skilled personnel, third party technicians, or costly truck rolls As information is being exported from the individual hardware devices, real-time and historical information can be catalogued and stored, and analyzed for troubleshooting and resources planning purposes
  21. 21. Switched Power 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Advantages Disadvantages Provide out-level control for attached IT resources and ability to hard-boot systems that have failed in the field Security; once the hardware provide the ability to manage device level power, security processed must be implemented and monitored to ensure procedures cannot be circumvented Most solutions allow association of multiple power supply devices between multiple circuits to provide consistent power cycling when the need arises Investments can be more significant that traditional PDU’s – it is important to generate a true ROI for the purchases versus 3 rd party technical support, potential issues with non-skilled personnel, truck roll expenses, etc. Load-shedding technology can monitor power issues and reduce power consumption as factors arise, such as UPS battery activation temperate thresholds exceed pre-defined limits, etc. Power-up sequencing ensures that if a critical power failure occurs, all of the outlets of a specific PDU are not all turned on at once, causing a detrimental power in-rush Graceful shutdown agents can be implemented to perform clean OS shutdown when the need to remove power arises
  22. 22. High Amperage PDUs <ul><li>Increased Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Supports High Density </li></ul><ul><li>Outlet Level Control </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  23. 23. High Efficiency UPS <ul><li>Modular </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planned Expansion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficient Capacity Alignment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hybrid Design </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  24. 24. Remote Power <ul><li>Proactive Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Access to Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Predetermined Alerting </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate Response to Alerts </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  25. 25. Remote Power ROI <ul><li>72% of Technician Calls are Resolved with a Re-Boot </li></ul><ul><li>Average Service Call Cost is $500 </li></ul><ul><li>Downtime Reduced from 1.5 Hours to Minutes </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  26. 26. Summary <ul><li>Power Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative Power Cascade </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies </li></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide
  27. 27. Efficiency Checklist <ul><li>Reduce Your Electric Bills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20-50% for No/Low-Cost Design and Operations Changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>90% for a Systematic Approach </li></ul></ul>42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide Source: The Green Grid, Guidelines for Energy-Efficient Datacenters
  28. 28. Q&A 42U Confidential ©2008 42U All rights reserved Slide For More Information Contact Your 42U Data Center Efficiency Consultant: 1-800-638-2638 or www.42U.com For a Copy of Today’s Presentation Email: [email_address] Please Type Your Questions In The Chat Window Thank You

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