Have you ever had an unexpected loss of utilities? We think of power, but what about water? Did that impact your data center operations? How can HP help figure out which systems need to stay up, and which systems can be shut down if you have an unexpected emergency situation?
So, you've built your data center, put in redundant power feeds, and loaded it with systems and storage? What could possibly go wrong from a power and cooling perspective? I've spoken with customers and some of our internal HP engineers, and they've regularly seen a common problem that prevents redundant power set ups from providing system level protection - a big problem, especially for mission critical systems. HP has something that could help you diagnose and prevent this problem in your data center.
I had a chance to spend some time with a customer yesterday talking about how HP runs its internal IT operations, industry best practices, trends and more.
One of the interesting comments from the customer was that they were running all there servers at high performance or maximum power levels all the time, even though he knew that average utilization was 40% or less even with virtualization. He also said that he was worried about the risk of reducing processor power and potentially impacting server performance, something that was echoed by studies that I mentioned in a blog post late last year.
One of his requests was a practical way to start implementing power management in a non-intrusive, quick and easy way. He hadn't seen anything that provided that level of detail. Since he primarily had HP BladeSystem for his compute infrastructure, we figured that it made sense to implement HP Power Regulator dynamic power mode on his blades via the iLO 3 cards.
One of the areas I find interesting is greener data centers, and that often translates into energy efficiency - both on the power and the cooling sides. HP's Converged Infrastructure strategy includes Data Center Smart Grid which provides a framework of energy management tools for HP products. Of course, just because HP provides the tools, it doesn't mean that they are used. From that perspective, late last week, I read a couple of interesting papers.
The first, from CDW, is the 2010 Energy Efficient IT Report [Download]. They have done this study in the past few years as well, so there is some comparative data. Not surprisingly, they found that 74%of organizations (up 5% from 2009) had or were developing an energy efficiency program. The reason for this is as expected:
- 56% of the surveyed organizations reduced costs
- an additional 20% or surveyed organizations reduced usage although costs increased.