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1Challenges in optimizing data center utilization Data CentersChallenges in optimizing data center utilization
2About Héctor Principal, Diaz Consulting Héctor R. Díaz Board of Directors, Data Center InstitutePresident, AFCOM Denver ChapterM:At Oracle managed over 1M SF of DC space, 80 MW power: Over 1,000 “labs”, 10 Enterprise DCs,
3Market demand for data centers According to Microsoft, global construction will increase from about $50 billion today to about $78 billion by 2020
4Data centers are expensive to build A 10MW 35,000 ft2 commercial data center will cost about $110M to build.That is about $3,100 / ft2Compare that to $100 - $150 / ft2 for a custom home in Denver
5Data centers are expensive to operate The monthly electric power bill for a 10MW data center is about $551k ($6.6M/yr.)Network charges are very high as well.Data center infrastructure is the fastest growing cost of deploying ITOperating at 85% capacity@9¢/kW energy costPUE of 1.2
6Optimization Challenges Cost accountingSpace & power utilizationCapacity planningEnergy managementOutsourcing
7Cost AccountingYou probably don’t know how much it is costing you!
8Cost accounting strategies Boil everything down to MRC in Tier levelKnow this number for every data center you own and for every colocation vendor you use.Easier to compute for dedicated data centers.More difficult but possible to compute for shared use buildings.
9Cost accounting issues $/KW is not constant over timeSeasonal variations for cooling loadsMore expensive for an empty data center
10Typical cost of compute For a large Enterprise (economies of scale apply) Tier III$235 - $300 / kW MRCFor small / medium Enterprise (no economies of scale) Tier II$300 - $400 /kW MRC; much higher for Tier III which is unlikely
11Space & Power Utilization You don’t know how much you are using!
12Space & power utilization strategies Measure and publish utilization over time (both space and power)Know your metrics: (avg. kW/rack, avg ft2/rack)Set-up a space & power governance programMust pre-authorize HW intake to data centerMust follow-through with decommissioning equipmentNo orphaned servers!
13Typical space & power utilization ft2 of floor space/rack equivalent unitTypical data centers consume kW/RackSome higher density designs 8kW/Rack up to kW/RackDon’t use watts/ft2
14Capacity PlanningYou probably don’t know how much you are going to need!
15Capacity planning strategies Detailed quarterly forecast (new and decommissioned HW)Project 2-3 yearsPublish a dashboardAdd feedback loop (actual vs. forecast)Enforce decommissioning! (avoid orphan HW)
17Capacity planning benefits Improved quality of forecast over timeReduced CAPEX if you can delay build out of new data centerBetter decision support
18Energy Management You are probably spending too much! You probably don’t know your PUE (Power Utilization Efficiency)You are probably running too cold!
19Energy management strategies Measure and track your PUEUse ASHRAE’s new recommended operating temperatures.See Green Greed paper on ROI of cooling sys improvements
20Energy Management ROIGenerally speaking, for every 1.8°F that you raise the temperature in your data center, you save 2-4% of your total energy bill.
21Green Grid Recommendations Install OEM variable speed drives (VSDs) in all computer room air handlers (CRAHs). Upgrade older CRAH units with newer more efficient models.Improve rack airflow management by adding baffles and blanking panels, which improve isolation of hot and cold air aisles.Reposition the CRAH temperature/humidity sensors from the inlets of the CRAHs to the front of the IT equipment racks.Adjust the temperature set-points of the CRAH sensors and the chiller units.
22OutsourcingYou are probably not benefiting from outsourcing!
23Outsourcing strategies Consider colocationYou cannot build and operate anything smaller than a 2MW data center for less than what you would pay for colocation. (For the same Tier & service levels)Consider other outsourcing options2MW is ~ 500 racks at 4kW/rack or 333 racks at 6kW. Say 400 5kW racksAt 25 ft2/rack that is 10,000 ft2 of “white space”!
24The outsourcing spectrum BYODCColocationManaged HostingIaaSPaaSSaaSApplicationI’m talking about colocation!MiddlewareOperating SystemVirtual InfrastructureIT Physical InfrastructurePhysical HardwareData Center Environment
25Cost of Colocation Location $/kW MRC Boston $300 - 400 Chicago $Dallas$NY/NJ$No VA$No CA$So CA$