Data Center Pulse 2011 Summit

 

Welcome to the Third Annual DCP Collaboration Session

February 28, 2011


summitWhat are the latest issues, concerns, trends and requests from data center owners and operators? Data Center Pulse, a non-profit group of data center owners and operators with a membership spanning 68 countries, will be hosting their annual summit on February 28, 2011. The DCP summit is being held in conjunction with The Green Grid Technical Forum in Santa Clara, CA. It will take place the day prior to the Technical Forum. This 3rd annual working session will focus on creating real time output around top categories on the mind of Data Center users. The output of the summit will be an update to the DCP Top Ten list that will be presented and discussed at The Green Grid Technical Forum. Attendees will select from the list of topics below. The top 3-5 topics will then be focused breakout sessions with presentations that will be recorded and shared through the DCP YouTube Channel. The goal of this summit is to bring the end user community together to collaborate on the challenges they face and then share those findings with the industry. This summit is exclusively for DCP members. To see the requirements to qualify for membership, please see this link.

Please email membership@datacenterpulse.org to be approved and receive the registration password. Please note that the DCP summit is a free event, but you must be a DCP member to attend. Please also note that DCP members receive a 10% discount on the registration fee for The Green Grid Technical Forum - March 1-2. Please email membership@datacenterpulse.org for the discount code.

We look forward to collaborating with our members to continue to influence the industry. Our primary output from this session will be to update the DCP Top 10 and produce summit summary videos of the priority topics selected and led by the DCP attendees. The topics and descriptions are listed below.

 

Summit Categories

101-TOP 10
102-STACK FRAMEWORK
103-MODULAR DATA CENTER DESIGN
104-HIGH TEMP COMPUTING (AIR/LIQUID)
105-IT ASSET LIFECYCLE & LOGISTICS
106-OPERATIONS CHALLENGES - WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?
107-RACK DENSITY - THE OPPORTUNITY AND IMPACT
108-THE GREEN GRID DATA CENTER DESIGN GUIDE REVIEW
109-THE GREEN GRID CUE/WUE METRICS
110-THE GREEN GRID ADVISORY COUNCIL SITE SELECTION PAPER REVIEW

Agenda

12:00-1:00pm Arrival/Registration, Badging
1:00-1:30pm Introduction & Topic Selection
1:30-3:30pm Parallel Break Outs (Session 1)
3:30-4:30pm Parallel Break Outs (Session 2)
4:30-5:00pm Presentation Roll Up
5:00-6:00pm Leaders Presentations
Presented to group (15min/ea max), filmed for dcp youtube channel
6:00-7:00pm Informal Networking

Summit Category Descriptions


101-TOP 10
Leaders: Dean Nelson, Eddie Schutter
Output: The Updated Top 10 List

u In February, 2009 DCP released the first Top 10 List. It was updated again at the 7x24/DCP session in November, 2009. The third version was published at The Green Grid Technical Forum in February, 2010. It proved be a very useful tool to share the latest interests and challenges of Data Center End Users. Upon completion of the 2011 Summit, the DCP leadership will compile the latest version of the DCP Top 10 list based on the results from this summit. The tracks defined below are current priorities for our membership. Output from these tracks and other efforts will be rolled in to be presented at The Green Grid Technical Forum, March 2, 2010.

102-STACK FRAMEWORK
Leaders: Graeme Hay, Jeremy Rodriguez, Harqs Singh
Output: New Stack Revision

DCP published the stack framework as the primary output from their first summit in 2009. It was the framework that identified the layers, connections and dependencies of the data center. This session is focusing on the next step for the stack by looking at other industry stacks and technology trends in the data center and also applications of the stack (data center efficiency maturity models, capacity planning models) in managing between the layers as a data center manager.

103-MODULAR DATA CENTER DESIGN
Leaders: TBD
Output: Latest learnings, challenges and product needs for modular data centers strategies

Agility and cost control are critial issues in data centers. One size does not fit all in today's business climate. This track will be focused on the latest developments in modularity, multi-tier, free cooling and other important components of a flexible data design. We will take lessons learned from the DCP Modular RFP process and the Modular Readout held at Google Feb 22, 2011.

104-HIGH TEMP COMPUTING (AIR/LIQUID)
Leaders: TBD
Output: Top concerns, interestes, challenges, benefit and concerns of high temp computing.

Free cooling is now a must. Every data center should have or plan to have a way to use the outside air to cool their equipment and lower their environmental impact. But how hot? What medium? Air? Liquid? What temperature? What is reality? What should the data center operator plan for? How can you future proof your data center for future technologies and ultra efficiency?

105-IT ASSET LIFECYCLE & LOGISTICS
Leaders: TBD
Output: Indentify top pain points for optimizing and maturing the IT asset life cycle

As an industry, we focus quite a bit of effort on the right side of the PUE decimal. But what about the left side of the decimal? The 1 in that 1.3 PUE that represents IT equipment in the datacenter is the elephant in the room. The world of effectively managing the asset life cycle and logistics of IT assets is even more critical today. This track will be focusing on the challenges, pain points and opportunities with maturing the asset life cycle to keep costs under control and power predictions accurate?

106-OPERATIONS CHALLENGES - WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?
Leaders: TBD
Output: Generate the top concerns, challenges and/or requests from data center operators

The Data Center industry is usually focusing on new products and the future. But what does it take to keep data centers operational? The realities of data center selection criteria/scorecards, efficiency monitoring, reporting, data integrity, facilites maintenance, IT asset utilization, owned/colo portfolio management, muti-tier and others impact operations managers every day. This track is to develop the list of top 10 issues and possible solutions for what hampers an operations teams ability to keep their data centers up, cost effective and running smooth.

107-RACK DENSITY - THE OPPORTUNITY AND IMPACT
Leaders: TBD
Ouput: The challenges, risks, impacts and opportunities of increased rack density

Rack densities have been steadily increasing since 2000. It is one of the number one challenges in existing data centers. The classic debate of packing racks full and spreading out has been raging for years. But where are we today? Why is the density increasing? What is the right direction? What does the future hold? What technologies are available to address it?

108-THE GREEN GRID DATA CENTER DESIGN GUIDE REVIEW
Leaders: TBD
Output: Input/feedback to the GG on the Data Center Design Guide draft

The Green Grid has been developing the Data Center Design guide as a reference manual for Data Center owners and operators. But it is much more than a design guide. It is more like an operational considerations manual. What are the areas in the Data Center that all operators should be familiar with. This session will focus on reviewing and providing feedback on this important work.

109-THE GREEN GRID CUE/WUE METRICS
Leaders: Micheline Birkhead
Output: Input/Feedback to the GG on the new CUE/WUE metrics

The Green Grid published two new metrics in 2010, CUE/WUE. This track will focus on what they are and the practical application of them in the data center.

110-THE GREEN GRID ADVISORY COUNCIL SITE SELECTION PAPER REVIEW
Leaders: TBD
Output: Input/Feedback to the GG on the new site selection paper

The Green Grid End User Advisory Council authored a paper on the drivers for different companies/industries priorities in site selection. This track will review, discuss and provide feedback on the findings from this paper.