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Deerns Data Center Chameleon 20110913 V1.1

  1. 1. Deerns America Data Energy Audit Chameleon Data CenterDATA CENTERS BEST IN CLASS The Chameleon Data Center: Transforming To Meet Your Business Needs... By Carlos Garcia de la Noceda, PhD, MBA, Senior Advisor; Tanya M. Starr, PE, LEED AP, Senior Engineer; Wouter Kok, MSc, Strategic Advisor –Global Data Center Practice Real flexibility will be forced on the data center as the biggest challenge in the coming years – the result of both increasingly rapid change in and increasing uncertainty of the IT environment. The Chameleon Data Center has been designed and engineered to dynamically adapt when meeting the current and future requirements of the market – allowing maximum flexibility of data center use in terms of IT space, cooling, power and TIER level, while maintaining energy efficiency and sustainability. The Chameleon Data Center changes the way we do business and addresses current and future demands in the areas of space, reliability, flexibility and investment. Introduction The uncertain nature of the current business landscape requires companies to be flexible, adaptive and responsive to a fast-paced and ever-changing technological scenario, as well as to customer demands driven, in many cases, more by opportunity than well-thought-out strategic requirements. In the data center world, this calls for a highly innovative model that can address these needs, while conforming to ever-increasing business, social and regulatory demands for high energy efficiency. The solution is the Chameleon Data Center, an innovation breakthrough in flexibility, adaptability, responsiveness and energy efficiency. New Market Demands While energy efficiency has been the most significant driver in data center developments in recent years, a new driver that is as important, if not more so, has arrived: extreme flexibility. With IT developments moving ever faster and the effects of virtualization and the resilience of software impacting the data center, everything is changing with increasing speed. However, few, if any at all, know how this will eventually transform the data center environment. Therefore, these uncertainties result in a need for extreme flexibility in: White space – from containers to DC power supply, water-on-the-chip cooling to non-UPS power supply. Power requirements – ranging from a conservative 10 kVA average per rack to hotspots of 80 kVA per rack (and rising). Room environmental conditions – ranging from recommended ASHRAE thermal guidelines to desert conditions. TIER level - from TIER I to TIER IV. Given the very short market forecast or IT horizon common to the data center market, these uncertainties result in a new demand to be able to change on the spot – that is, to effect change once the data center is operational. This new driver must be coupled with a sound business case, while reflecting a responsible environmental conscience or corporate social responsibility. Re-published: September 12, 2011 Page 1 of 4
  2. 2. Deerns America Chameleon Data CenterTogether, these demands have generated a new objective. Any building feature can be adapted, but at whatcost and impact? We chose to rethink the design, starting with a foundation of guiding principles such asflexibility and operational efficiency, and constraints such as architecture and utility services. By rethinkingthe data center, we have reconciled the demand for extreme flexibility with that of extreme costeffectiveness.The Chameleon Data CenterTo meet these objectives, Deerns has created the Chameleon DC (see Figure 1), which changes on the spotto meet your business needs. It utilizes the GC-DC© technology, leading to astounding annual average PUEsof 1.15, and also incorporates a unique combination of centralized and decentralized systems. This uniqueconfiguration enables us to deliver IT power and cooling at different power densities, TIER levels and total ITpower capacities, all from the same systems – resulting in significantly reduced investment outlay. Theselection of the definitive set of requirements needs only be made upon IT fit-out (Figure 2).When combined with the GC-DC© technology, an extremely modular and scalable data center is obtained,with reduced initial investment outlay associated with the cooling systems.Complementing all of this with equipment selection based upon operational and technical requirements andapplying in-depth total-cost-of-ownership analysis will result in an extremely cost-effective data centerfacility. 1 Figure 1. Chameleon Data Center LayoutRe-published: September 12, 2011 Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. Deerns America Chameleon Data Center Developments Effect on the Data Center Flexibility Requirement Flexibility in White Space New IT Hardware (AC or DC, non-UPS) Miniaturization Increasing Power Density Flexibility in Power Densities Resilience Possible on Virtualization Flexibility in TIER Levels Software Level Increasing Speed of Change Decreasing Horizon of Scalable and Modular Data in Business and IT Market Forecast Centers (incl. Containers) Increasing Usage and Increasing Demand for Data Functionality of IT Centers Financial Crisis Push on Outsourcing Lack of Capital for Data Center Development Figure 2. Developments in IT lead to extreme flexibility requirements Conclusion The challenge with flexibility is to avoid additional costs. The Chameleon Data Center design achieves just that through an infrastructure that is: Flexible and easy to adapt: o AC or DC, non-UPS or UPS power o Conventional or container white space o Range of power densities o Range of TIER levels High value proposition: o Minimal initial investment outlay o Phased investment to match cash flow o Minimal operational costs through a PUE of 1.15 The Chameleon Data Center hence meets the new market demand for a facility that allows IT users to decide how they want to use the white space, until the moment they start to fit out their IT equipment. This allows data center operators to develop a facility for end users that cannot specify their demands 12 or 6 months up front. References Deerns Uptime Institute Conference 2009 white paper entitled: Three Steps to Perfectly Green. GC-DC© is a registered name for the Deerns Green Cooling for Data Centers free cooling solution design, which is Patent pending. ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. PUE, or Power Usage Effectiveness, is a metric generally attributed to The Green Grid. TIER classification refers to the data center infrastructure requirements published by the Uptime Institute and described within TIA-942: Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers.Re-published: September 12, 2011 Page 3 of 4
  4. 4. Deerns America Chameleon Data CenterAbout the AuthorsMr. Garcia de la Noceda is an IT and telecommunications sector professional with over 20 years of experience inmanaging complex systems, services and solutions for government and enterprise customers in Europe and the US.He has personally managed the design and execution of several large data centers, as well as managing operationsfor a large US-based data center operator in Europe. His experience has been gained with international industryleaders such as Computer Sciences Corporation, BBN, Amdocs, Lucent, Terremark and The ClimateProject. Mr. Garcia de la Noceda holds a Doctorate degree, and an MBA focused on Information Systems.Ms. Starr has over 15 years of experience in the electrical design and technical project management of hightechnology and mission-critical facilities. She combines this experience with a passion for sustainable design andcredentials, including LEED AP and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, to help clients realize their projects with asustainable approach.After studying Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University in Delft and obtaining a postgraduate degree inManagement Consultancy, Wouter Kok started his career at Deerns Consulting Engineers in 2003. He has beeninvolved in projects for universities, blue chip companies, the Netherlands Ministry of Defense and colocationfacilities. One of the milestones in his career has been developing the GC-DC concept (Green Cooling for DataCenters; patent pending). Mr. Kok successfully combines a high-level technical background with a sharp mind toimprove, innovate and realize datacenter infrastructures. His postgraduate degree leverages on the development ofthe data center practice within Deerns.About DeernsDeerns America is a Denver-based building systems engineering consulting company whose parent company hasover 80 years of engineering experience focusing on critical facilities such as data centers. Deerns’ approach isparticularly focused on energy efficiency, reliability, modularity, and scalability. Deerns is headquartered in theNetherlands, employs over 500 engineers worldwide, and has a turnover of more than$65M.Expert Data Center Design – Deerns’ data center design work totals more than 2,300,000 sq. ft. of white spaceworldwide with IT power of more than 670 MW. From computer rooms to high availability, high security mega datacenters, Deerns has teamed with banks and financial groups, enterprise customers, telecom companies, andgovernments to design Tier I through IV data centers spanning new facilities, conversions of existing facilities, andupgrades. Deerns is currently working on highly efficient, scalable, and reliable data centers in the United Kingdom,Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, and the UnitedStates.Expert Energy Efficiency for Data Centers – Deerns is the designer of the patented Green Cooling for DataCenters (GC-DC©) Free Cooling Heat Exchange Cell and is a co-developer of the Kyoto Cooling concept. Thecompany’s experienced team of international experts is well-versed in energy efficiency and Power UtilizationEfficiency (PUE) coefficient maximization techniques. Deerns is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, hasLEED accredited professionals on staff, communicates closely with the UptimeInstitute, and has a firm understanding of new EPA Energy Star program requirements. The Gartner Grouprecently evaluated Deerns’ flexible and modular Chameleon Data Center Design and declared the design "Best inClass... with no significant opportunities to improve in efficiency or reliability."Re-published: September 12, 2011 Page 4 of 4