Understanding Data Centre Costs: Lessons from e-InfraNet and JISC activities

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Introduction to the IT Costing work that Jisc is undertaking

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Understanding Data Centre Costs: Lessons from e-InfraNet and JISC activities

  1. 1. Understanding  Data  Centre  Costs:    Lessons  from  e-­‐InfraNet  and  JISC  ac9vi9es  Martin Bennett and Peter JamesResponsible Energy Costs (RECSO)Costing IT Services (CITS)University of Liverpool, 17th June 2013
  2. 2. RECSO  •  set  up  under  JISC’s  Greening  ICT  programme  •  energy  consump7on  in  HE  labs  and  IT  is  significant  and  increasing,  with  nega7ve  effects:-­‐  –  environmental  impacts  espec.  carbon  emissions  –  costs    •  poten7ally  efficiency-­‐improving  ac7ons  which  managers  and  staff  could  take  exist,  but  are  not  always  actually  taken  •  one  possible  reason  –  financial  systems  fail  to  provide:-­‐  – adequate  informa(on    – incen(ves  
  3. 3. RECSO  •  Energy  and  related  costs  (cooling,  power  supply  etc)  are  a  significant  part  of  total  costs  but  are  oMen  ‘hidden’  from  decision  makers  •  There  are  opportuni7es  to  avoid  a  significant  of  these  costs  through  adop7on  of  good  prac7ce  measures  •  There  are  proven  mechanisms  to  drive  improvements  –  shared  savings  schemes,  TCO  including  energy  and  infrastructure  costs,  devolu7on  of  energy  budgets  –  but  not  widely  adopted    
  4. 4. Cos9ng  IT  Services  (CITS)  Phase  1  •  completed,  led  by  Janet  •  compara7ve  standardised  benchmarking  of  IT  service  costs  →  X-­‐Ray  tool    Phase  2  •  commencing  now,  led  by  Future  Present  •  in  depth  cost  analyses  to  support  decisions:-­‐  –  central  versus  devolved  services  –  in-­‐house  versus  out-­‐sourced  to  cloud  •  case  studies,  tools,  financial  literacy  learning  materials    •  understanding  the  cost  drivers  of  hidden  overhead  costs,  par7cularly    energy  &  energy-­‐related  infrastructure  
  5. 5. Amazon  Web  Services  
  6. 6. Cost  Distor9ons  

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