Last week, Mike Laverick came to the Silicon Valley to present at the VM UserGroup show. During his stay, he decided to take a peek at some of the interesting start-ups around the valley and put his findings into a series of videos for his Vendorwag in the Valley segment. First stop, nlyte Software. 

Take a look below at his video blogs. In the first video, Craig Ledo, Senior Director of Product Marketing lays the framework of who nlyte Software is as a company, then, in the second video, Craig goes into high-level detail about the nlyte DCIM suite.  The last video of the day includes Claudia Hanson walking you though a demo of the nlyte Suite getting deep in to the technical details.

Happy Watching!

The Elevator Pitch…

The Product Lowdown…

The Techknowledge Demo…

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By Rob Neave

Why European Data Centers Need a Code of Conduct
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), Western European data center electricity consumption will rise to 104 TeraWatt Hours (TWh) per year by 2020, nearly double the level consumed in 2007, when the figure was approximately 56 TWh1. Such growth has been necessary to support widespread adoption of online services, but it clearly flies in the face of EU targets to reduce carbon emissions. Therefore, it is no surprise that formal initiatives have been introduced to curtail the industry’s demand for power.

While much of this growth in power consumption has been necessary to support increasing Internet use, inefficiencies within data centers have unnecessarily inflated this demand. This stems from the fact that many facilities rely on outdated design practices where only a fraction of the grid power consumed actually reaches the information technology (ITS) systems. Compounding this, many of these IT systems run at low utilization rates and include purpose-designed duplication and redundancy to ensure high availability with some in-house data centers utilizing just 5 to 10 percent of their computing capacity2. Although high levels of redundancy may guarantee performance, cut risk and underpin reliability, they also bring additional power and cooling costs.

Furthermore, in Europe, where demand often outstrips supply and organizations are particularly mindful of having enough capacity to support future business growth, data centers have traditionally been designed with large tolerances. These allow for operational or capacity changes, as well as future expansion. Such tolerances, along with the associated design flaws, exacerbate power consumption inefficiencies.

In the past, overprovisioning has seldom caused concerns for organizations. This is the result of energy costs being relatively small in comparison to the IT budget and because environmental responsibility has not fallen under the remit of the IT department. However, in the last few years, increasing emphasis on corporate social responsibility means that there is a real desire to “green” the data center. Rising energy costs also mean that it is now financially imperative to make operations as efficient as possible. According to IDC, approximately 40 percent of today’s data center costs are powerrelated; however, by 2015, this figure will exceed 50 percent3.

Reprinted with permission from BICSI News Magazine September/October 2011.  To view the article in its entirety, please visit: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/bicsi/news_20110910/#/48
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CITO Research

Energy savings is just one of the benefits of better data center management — but it is the hot topic that can trigger C-level executives’ interest in data center operations. Learn about the broad business implications of data center infrastructure management in this paper by CITO Research. Read more.

 

 

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Green IT has been on a steady growth trajectory in recent years, and it is finally coming to crunch time – if you’re not in with Green, you’re out.  Facing an increasing raft of government legislation such as the CRC initiative, whereby organizations must now measure their power outage and keep to set targets, businesses are being targeted financially to adhere to the government’s set of green objectives. 

If this isn’t damaging enough, the real test is soon to come when firms are placed into public league tables according to their green credentials, which aim to ‘name and shame’ the worst offenders.  The potential loss of reputation associated with this, not to mention the loss of sales and hefty fines in such an economically vulnerable climate could destroy organizations if they are not prepared.  Continue reading »

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Recap from the Gartner Data Center Conference

On December 17, 2010, in Announcements, by Administrator

Now that we have returned from the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, I wanted to refresh your memory on one of the key topics discussed throughout the conference.  Many key analysts emphasized that the time is now to begin implementing a solution to manage your data center’s power, cooling and space. 

In the keynote address by Dave Cappuccio, Crucial Trends You Need to Watch, his number 3 trend was “energy efficiency and monitoring.”  He noted that data centers are now consuming 40 to 100 times more energy than the offices they support.  In a greening society, this statistic is unacceptable.  Today, 68% of data center managers still don’t measure PUE, 25% never measure power usage at all and those that do, measure it infrequently.  Only 3% of data center managers have implemented any type of energy management software thus far. 

With the arrival of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions, data center managers can now find ways to optimize their performance.  Cappuccio continued saying that, by 2012, monitoring and reporting on energy consumption will be required.  In a later session focusing on DCIM, Gartner analyst, Jay Pultz explains, “by monitoring and measuring energy consumption, DCIM informs the data center manager of where and how power is being utilized enabling the manager to evaluate options to improve and control its use.”  DCIM goes beyond the macro model by providing greater insight on energy consumption within the data center. The data center manager can use to solution to pinpoint problem areas by intelligent capacity planning and modeling the future effects from projected moves, adds and changes — either for retrofitting existing data centers or in building new ones.

Pultz expects that data center facilities projects will once again top their polls in terms of funding levels.  The easiest way to get started with DCIM is to earmark some of those funds. Pultz continues believing that most will find that this investment is self-funding; that is, the efficiencies gained in the project by adopting DCIM more than pay for DCIM! 

As a final note on energy management and DCIM, Gartner believes that “DCIM will become the next must have for data center managers.”

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