Case Studies in Highly-Energy Efficient Datacenters

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New tools, designs and services have emerged to help datacenter operators improve the energy efficiency of IT and facilties. This report examines the use of these technologies and techniques in real deployments.

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Case Studies in Highly-Energy Efficient Datacenters

  1. 1. Analyzing the Business of Enterprise IT InnovationCASE STUDIES IN HIGHLYENERGY-EFFICIENT DATACENTERSSustainable Technologies and Techniques Deployed in Facilities, 2009-2011New tools, designs and services have emerged to help datacenter operatorsimprove the energy efficiency of IT and facilities. This report examines the use ofthese technologies and techniques in real deployments. DCT DATACENTER TECHNOLOGIES 4 FINDINGS 5 IMPLICATIONS 1 BOTTOM LINE• The financial crisis has reduced • Greater attention on datacenter • There are a number of standout demand for new datacenter capex and opex will drive interest examples of datacenter owners capacity, but research points to in energy-efficient technologies, and operators using the latest strong growth ahead driven by and also in consolidating excess or technologies and strategies to factors such as public and private inefficient capacity. Consolidation improve facility energy efficiency. cloud buildouts. PAGE 5 will also be made possible by But on the whole, real-life increased cloud use. PAGE 5• Cloud computing, especially when deployments still lag supplier allied with virtualization, has • While cost savings will remain the innovations. Factors such as fuel benefits in terms of flexibility and primary driver for energy-efficiency price increases, carbon taxes and the amount of IT work carried out projects, legislation and pressure other environmental regulations per server. However, there can be from environmental groups will have will need to accelerate in order hidden deployment costs that must an increased impact. PAGE 6 to drive substantial adoption of be factored into any cloud project. • Large datacenter operators such the efficiency technology and PAGE 16 as cloud service providers will help techniques.• Free-air cooling is one of the most drive take-up of energy-efficient accessible and commonly deployed technologies and practices. But they energy-efficiency techniques. Even will also increasingly be scrutinized limited use of outside air in place for their energy choices. PAGE 7 of mechanical chillers can bring • Limited adoption of energy-efficient significant energy savings. datacenter technology means there PAGE 19 is still plenty of opportunity for • Even small datacenters at suppliers of DCIM software, power companies not primarily focused management software, and efficient on IT can make big gains in power and cooling gear. PAGE 9 energy efficiency. These gains can • The divide between IT and facilities come from relatively simple and will increasingly blur as datacenter inexpensive measures. PAGE 35 operators realize the importance of a unified approach to management to achieve efficiency. PAGE 11 OCTOBER 2011 THE 451 GROUP: DATACENTER TECHNOLOGIES © 2011 THE 451 GROUP, LLC, TIER1 RESEARCH, LLC, AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  2. 2. REPORT SNAPSHOTTITLE Case Studies in Highly Energy-Efficient DatacentersANALYST Andrew Donoghue, Analyst, DCT and Eco-Efficient ITRELEASE DATE October 2011LENGTH 45 pagesABOUT THIS REPORTNew tools, designs and services have emerged to help datacenter operators improvethe energy efficiency of IT and facilities. There are a number of standout examplesof datacenters using the latest technologies and strategies to improve facility energyefficiency. But on the whole, real-life deployments still lag supplier innovations. Factorssuch as fuel price increases, carbon taxes and other environmental regulations will needto accelerate in order to drive substantial adoption of these efficiency technology andtechniques.This report examines a cross-section of sustainable datacenter projects, which are broadlyrepresentative of the range of eco-efficient technologies and strategies being employedby datacenter owners and operators today. Some of these are becoming accepted practice;others may be too niche to be applicable to the datacenter ‘mainstream.’ However, takenas a whole, the projects analyzed in this report illustrate how the datacenter industry isrepositioning itself to consider the issues of energy use and sustainability on par withuptime and availability.THE 451 GROUP: DATACENTER TECHNOLOGIES© 2011 THE 451 GROUP, LLC, TIER1 RESEARCH, LLC, AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTSSECTION 1: EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW 1 1.1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1.2 KEY FINDINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1.3 METHODOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3SECTION 2: THE ENERGY-EFFICIENT DATACENTER 5 2.1 DATACENTER DEMAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.2 ICONIC DATACENTER PROJECTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.3 THE DATACENTER AND ENERGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.4 ENVIRONMENTAL SCRUTINY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.5 IMPROVEMENTS IN DATACENTER ENERGY EFFICIENCY . . . . . . . . 7 2.6 MEASURING EFFICIENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2.7 NEXT STEPS IN DATACENTER SUSTAINABILITY . . . . . . . . . . . 9SECTION 3: CASE STUDIES 11 Figure 1: Overview of Energy-Efficiency Case Studies . . . . . . . . .12 Figure 2: Efficient Datacenter Technologies Deployed Across Facilities . . . .13 3.1 ENERGY-EFFICIENT IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Figure 3: Adoption of Eco-Efficient Datacenter Technologies – IT . . . . .14 Energy-Efficient IT Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 3.1.1 US House of Representatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 3.1.2 AOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Figure 4: Changes in AOL’s IT and Datacenter Design Priorities . . . . . .17 3.2 ENERGY-EFFICIENT FACILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Figure 5: Adoption of Eco-Efficient Datacenter Technologies – Facilities . . .19 Energy-Efficient Facilities Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 3.2.1 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Figure 6: Progression of Cooling Efficiency . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 3.2.2 Facebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 3.3 ENERGY-EFFICIENT DESIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 3.3.1 Modular Datacenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Energy-Efficient Design Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 CASE STUDIES IN HIGHLY ENERGY-EFFICIENT DATACENTERS © 2011 THE 451 GROUP, LLC, TIER1 RESEARCH, LLC, AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  4. 4. 3.3.2 Capgemini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 3.3.3 HP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Figure 7: PUE Breakdown: HP Wynyard Facility vs. a Typical ‘Good Practice’ Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 3.4 INNOVATIVE EFFICIENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Innovative Efficiency Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 3.4.1 Helsingin Energia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 3.4.2 Tieto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 3.5 SMALL-SCALE DATACENTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Small-Scale Datacenter Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 3.5.1 CEMEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Figure 8: CEMEX Energy-Efficiency Projects . . . . . . . . . . . .37 3.5.2 University of Hertfordshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Figure 9: University of Hertfordshire Datacenter Project Results . . . . . .40 Figure 10: Projected CO2 Reductions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40SECTION 4: SUPPLIERS, CONSULTANTS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS 41 4.1 SUPPLIERS FEATURED IN CASE STUDIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Figure 11: Suppliers Featured in Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . .41 4.2 OTHER SUPPLIERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 4.2.1 Third-Party Datacenter and Cloud Providers. . . . . . . . . . .42 4.2.2 IT and Facility Equipment Providers . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 4.2.3 Efficiency Technology Providers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 4.2.4 Containerized Datacenter Providers. . . . . . . . . . . . . .44REFERENCES: ENDNOTES 45INDEX OF COMPANIES 46THE 451 GROUP: DATACENTER TECHNOLOGIES© 2011 THE 451 GROUP, LLC, TIER1 RESEARCH, LLC, AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  5. 5. ABOUT THE 451 GROUPThe 451 Group is a technology analyst company. We publish marketanalysis focused on innovation in enterprise IT, and support our clientsthrough a range of syndicated research and advisory services. Clientsof the company — at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-userorganizations — rely on 451 insights to do business better.ABOUT TIER1 RESEARCHTier1 Research covers consumer, enterprise and carrier IT services,particularly hosting, colocation, content delivery, Internet services,software-as-a-service and enterprise services. Tier1’s focus is on themovement of services to the Internet — what they are, how they aredelivered and where they are going.© 2011 The 451 Group, Tier1 Research and/or its Affiliates. All Rights Reserved. Reproduc-tion and distribution of this publication, in whole or in part, in any form without prior writtenpermission is forbidden. The terms of use regarding distribution, both internally and externally,shall be governed by the terms laid out in your Service Agreement with The 451 Group, Tier1Research and/or its Affiliates. The information contained herein has been obtained from sourcesbelieved to be reliable. The 451 Group and Tier1 Research disclaim all warranties as to the accu-racy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although The 451 Group and Tier1 Researchmay discuss legal issues related to the information technology business, The 451 Group andTier1 Research do not provide legal advice or services and their research should not be construedor used as such. The 451 Group and Tier1 Research shall have no liability for errors, omissionsor inadequacies in the information contained herein or for interpretations thereof. The readerassumes sole responsibility for the selection of these materials to achieve its intended results. Theopinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice. Analyzing the Business Better perspective from the top in independent tech research of Enterprise IT Innovation CASE STUDIES IN HIGHLY ENERGY-EFFICIENT DATACENTERS © 2011 THE 451 GROUP, LLC, TIER1 RESEARCH, LLC, AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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