1E Introduces “Useful Work”-based Data Center Governance, at Data Center Dynamics Converged, 2012 Washington DC

Data center performance metrics have struggled to accurately represent business value of IT assets invested in the enterprise data center.  Data center metrics are either constrained to raw power usage data, or make vague approximations about business-relevant performance through assumptive percentages or abstract proxies. At Data Center Dynamics in Washington, DC this week, 1E’s Data…

Data Center Efficiency Metrics: CADE

Data center efficiency metrics have matured over the past few years.  These metrics arose with the recognition of the data center as a primary industrial consumer of energy.  The data center was once thought of as a controlled environment for data processing equipment.  From an energy consumption point of view, it is a factory.

In the United States alone, in 2010 data center energy consumption represented somewhere between 1.5% and 2% of all energy consumed in the country.  That is expected to double in just two years’ time.  In other regions of the world, data center energy consumption is a major driver of carbon emission control legislation.  In other regions still, it is recognized that efficiencies need to be improved in a sense of proper stewardship of natural resources.

Dimensions of Security in the Data Center

Last month I was asked to do a presentation about data center security for a Data Center Dynamics conference in Atlanta.  In my presentation, I offered an explanation of how the traditional CIA fundamental security model projected onto functional dimensions of data center operations and the role of the data center to the Business.  It also gave me an opportunity to rant about some of my data center pet peeves, such as cardboard and packing material on the computer room floor, and man-traps that are more like marching band traps.  Much of this though was brought to focus onto what I think is a dangerously narrow view of data center availability and the actual impact on a Business’ risk governance plan.

CIA- The Fundamental Dimensions of IS Security

Let me begin with CIA.  For those readers who are not IS security professionals, “CIA” is not the Central Intelligence Agency.  Rather, CIA is the fundamental academic model of the full scope of IS security; Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability.

Data Center Tier Levels- New Poll

We are conducting a poll to gauge Business’ perception of data center tier ratings, here in late 2011.

Why are we doing this?  Well, we are seeing that perceptions about shopping for data centers with tier level as a requirement are changing.  We are seeing that, now that the community has had time to think about it, Business’ concept of data center tiers is evolving.  Without giving away the farm, we invite you to look at our poll in the sidebar of this blog and kindly register your opinion.

Neglected Cost Components in Data Center Planning

The process for drafting indicative pricing for data center IT installations typically follows a predicable path.  First, the configuration of IT kit is examined for expected power dissipation.  With the power estimates in hand, cooling and physical space estimates can be drafted.  With power, cooling, and space estimates, one can propose rack configurations for candidate cabinet power density levels on the computer room floor.  At the end we have what we need to get vendor quotes for the IT equipment and the impact on the data center (or quotes from collocation providers).

Cost Contribution of Cabling

One component that often goes unchecked, even during deeper rounds of data center cost estimation is the cost of cabling.  Cabling costs can be (usually are) rather significant, especially with the escalating price of copper.  While through the 90’s, data center planners considered the cost of copper as data centers require vast amounts in support of “below white space” and “above white space” infrastructure, since 2005 the price of copper has been a dynamic variable that added a new complicating factor to data center implementation budget planning accuracy.

Data Centers in India

We are conducting a market survey of data centers in India.  This is driven by an increase in interest we are seeing from customers seeking colocation and hosting services in the country of India. If you share an interest in the results of our research, or if you are a commercial colocation or data center…