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Copyright © 2011 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Planning a TechRefresh with the Right Information<br />...
The Leader in Data Center Infrastructure Management Software<br />Energy Center connects equipment utilization and busines...
Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />3<br />Drivers of a Tech Refresh<br /><ul><li>Machine A...
Increase Resiliency:Servers with many operating hours are at more of a risk for failure.
Reduce Cost: Reducing power consumption, cooling costs.</li></li></ul><li>Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rig...
Know the Utilization<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />5<br /><ul><li>Machine age is...
Understand the average and peak utilization ranges of servers and racks.
Are your most expensive servers the most business useful?</li></li></ul><li>Get Rid of Orphaned Equipment<br />30% of Serv...
Follow Through on the Retirement Plan<br />Experiencing resistance from IT personnel? Leaving servers powered on “Just in ...
Know the Power Curves<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />8<br /><ul><li>The fluctuati...
DetermineAvailable Space<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />10<br /><ul><li>Floor spa...
Many data centers leave the servers they are retiring running for 4-6 weeks. Do you have available power to do so?
Running out of street power usually means expansion, and millions of dollars.</li></li></ul><li>Consider the Cooling Infra...
Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Consider the Options:Virtualization – Clouds.<br />
Consolidation and Virtualization<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />14<br /><ul><li>A...
The cost analysis on a project that includes a consolidation plan of 25 or 50% might be enough to sway reluctant business ...
Public Clouds: Implementing public clouds as part of a tech-refresh project can provide insights about the cost differenti...
Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />EnergyCenter<br />“The only Data Center Energy Manageme...
Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Q & A<br />
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Planning a Tech Refresh with the Right Information

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When does it make sense to upgrade to more efficient servers? Most data centers operate on a 3 to 5 year tech refresh cycle. Is this really the best way to decide when to refresh old equipment? By continuously monitoring the cost to run older equipment, you can determine when you have hit the break-even point with your existing servers. Join Viridity co-founder and CTO, Mike Rowan, as he reviews best practices for technology refresh.

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Planning a Tech Refresh with the Right Information

  1. 1. Copyright © 2011 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Planning a TechRefresh with the Right Information<br />Mike Tresh, Director of Product Management, Viridity Software<br />
  2. 2. The Leader in Data Center Infrastructure Management Software<br />Energy Center connects equipment utilization and business value to power consumption<br />Time-to-value in hours, not months<br />Deploys in minutes, not weeks<br />No additional hardware required<br />No server agents required <br />Copyright © 2011 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />2<br />
  3. 3. Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />3<br />Drivers of a Tech Refresh<br /><ul><li>Machine Age:Many data center managers schedule a technology-refresh project based on machine age, 3-5 years.
  4. 4. Increase Resiliency:Servers with many operating hours are at more of a risk for failure.
  5. 5. Reduce Cost: Reducing power consumption, cooling costs.</li></li></ul><li>Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Where to start:Utilization – Orphans – Retirement – Power Curves.<br />
  6. 6. Know the Utilization<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />5<br /><ul><li>Machine age is only part of the picture, monitoring utilization is indispensible.
  7. 7. Understand the average and peak utilization ranges of servers and racks.
  8. 8. Are your most expensive servers the most business useful?</li></li></ul><li>Get Rid of Orphaned Equipment<br />30% of Servers on the data center floor may not be performing useful work for the business.<br />Consider a technology refresh as an opportunity to purge machines from the floor that are no longer running applications.<br />Orphaned hardware is generally older and has no energy-saving mode.<br />New equipment can cut the power demand by as much as 25- 33% when idle.<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />6<br />
  9. 9. Follow Through on the Retirement Plan<br />Experiencing resistance from IT personnel? Leaving servers powered on “Just in case?”<br />If the IT group needs nudging, make any relevant management objectives (MBO) dependant on equipment retired.<br />Take baby steps. A multi-staged retirement plan may be in order. Keep the equipment online but inaccessible. With no complaints, power off.<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />7<br />
  10. 10. Know the Power Curves<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />8<br /><ul><li>The fluctuation of power consumption under different utilization rates is often flat with older equipment.</li></li></ul><li>Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Consider Constraints:Space – Power – Cooling.<br />
  11. 11. DetermineAvailable Space<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />10<br /><ul><li>Floor space can be a critical factor that get’s less attention than it needs. </li></li></ul><li>Determine Available Power<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />11<br /><ul><li>Industry analysts predict that most data centers will run out of power within the next few years.
  12. 12. Many data centers leave the servers they are retiring running for 4-6 weeks. Do you have available power to do so?
  13. 13. Running out of street power usually means expansion, and millions of dollars.</li></li></ul><li>Consider the Cooling Infrastructure<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />12<br />Cooling is the largest power consumer in the data center.<br />Insufficient cooling may justify a tech-refresh initiative. Newer systems generate less heat.<br />The larger your tech refresh project, the more you will need to revisit your cooling designs. Installing new equipment creates new and different hot spots.<br />
  14. 14. Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Consider the Options:Virtualization – Clouds.<br />
  15. 15. Consolidation and Virtualization<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />14<br /><ul><li>Applications stored in a virtual container more manageable, accessible, easier to move and migrate, and better for backup and monitoring.
  16. 16. The cost analysis on a project that includes a consolidation plan of 25 or 50% might be enough to sway reluctant business units.</li></li></ul><li>Take Advantage of Clouds<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />15<br /><ul><li>Private Clouds:Cloud computing improves the operating costs and the resiliency of the data center. Once implemented, a private cloud can become a base-level comparison model for future deployments.
  17. 17. Public Clouds: Implementing public clouds as part of a tech-refresh project can provide insights about the cost differentials between in-house applications and out-sourced options.</li></li></ul><li>Cost Justify the Project<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />16<br />A tech-refresh project can impact the budget at so many levels. Leverage them all. Make sure the cost analysis includes the following points:<br />Improvements in resiliency<br />Equipment-support costs<br />Utility & protected-power savings<br />Cooling-capacity savings<br />Floor-space capacity<br />
  18. 18. Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />EnergyCenter<br />“The only Data Center Energy Management solution that provides detailed understanding of power consumption within hours of beginning deployment”<br />-- Andy Lawrence – The 451 Group<br />17<br />
  19. 19. Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />Q & A<br />
  20. 20. Register for a Live DemoDiscover the full power of the EnergyCenter EnergyCenter Free TrialRun EnergyCenter in your data center!Download EnergyCheck Free energy health-check in your data center!<br />Copyright © 2010 Viridity Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved <br />19<br />VIRIDITY.COM<br />

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