On March 5, 2012 DCP members from as far away as Japan and Taiwan converged on the Doubletree hotel in San Jose, CA for an all day collaboration session with end user peers - The DCP 2012 Summit was held in conjunction with the Green Grid Technical Forum. Almost 50 of my industry peers from companies like Yahoo!, Microsoft, LBNL, Stanford University, Salesforce, @ Tokyo, Delta, Equinix and others, focused on discussing what's hot - i.e. the current "pulse" in DCP. With over 2200 members in 66 countries, there is definitely a lively "pulse".
The summit registration process yielded three priority topics
This year we changed the format. Instead of choosing 6 or 7 topics and breaking out into parallel groups, we selected a smaller number and held them in series so all members could be involved in the rich discussion and debate. The format worked out well. We had over 3 hours of discussion on Project Mercury, 2 1/2 hours on the Service Efficiency Metric and a wrap up hour on the Top 10 which I presented on behalf of DCP at the Green Grid Technical Forum closing session on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 (Watch for an upcoming blog and video on that next week). Below are three videos summarizing the event and the two primary topics.
As Mark and I discussed last January in Episode 33: Three Years Later, we are getting back to basics. These collaboration sessions are one of the key reasons that end users participate in Data Center Pulse. The networking, discussion, debate and innovation that comes from them is aligned with the Data Center Pulse charter to influence the Data Center industry through end users.
In December of 2011 we hosted an exclusive Data Center Pulse collaboration session one day before we held the opening of the eBay Data Center, Project Mercury. The goal of this collaboration session was to bring 50 of our Data Center peers together to deep dive into the project, the lessons learned and discuss/debate the relevance of these concepts being applied to their data centers. We also did something new in this session - we allowed 5 vendors to participate. Wait, before you cry foul and question why we would go against our charter, I need to lay out some context. We invited the design and construction teams (EDI Ltd, AHA Consulting Engineers, Winterstreet Architects & DPR) to participate in the closed door session with members. These were the engineers that did the actual work, not sales, marketing, etc. They had very relevant insight and learnings into the challenges and lesson learned. That session went very well with lots of people discussing and debating the implementation and practicality to application in their environment. Once we finished that session, we had parallel deep dives with the Dell and HP technologists who were directly responsible for the Container, Server and Storage designs and implementations in Project Mercury. It was engineers talking to engineers.
This collaboration session turned out be one of the most productive we've had to date. Below is a video with footage from the event, a quick tour of the Project Mercury Data Center and Interviews with some of the attendees.
Welcome to the Third Annual DCP Collaboration Session
February 28, 2011
What 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
This has been an extremely interesting process for us with an unexpected result. EDI, a small company that we had never even heard of before, was able to meet all of the challenging requirements we had proposed to the industry through the Modular RFP process in a cost effective, simple design. In addition, a very compelling ultra dense product named "eHive" emerged from Skanska, one of the RFP finalists. It has not been released publicly yet (stay tuned for follow up). While Skanska was not selected for the RFP, their modular product was innovative enough to warrant further consideration in this data center deployment. All in all, the open RFP process did exactly what we had hoped. It enabled design engineers the opportunity to shed the traditional barriers, consider the difficult challenges and start with a clean slate. The outcome was new and compelling solutions as well as new innovative products driven by the free cooling, density and flexibility requirements.
I love meeting people that has much passion and drive for technology as I do. Wade Vinson, a Power & Cooling Strategist at HP, is one of those guys. He is better known as the POD father (and yes he gets a lot of guff for that name!). He ranks pretty high on my geekism scale due to his utter exuberance for his lego-set data center. I recently visited the HP site in Houston Texas to look at the latest HP POD. Wade was nice enough to let film a tour with him for our latest Data Center Pulse "On-The-Road" episode.