It's been a tough year and as you know the current economic situation has challenged us IT folks to simply do more with less. Yet we know it's important to maintain investments in key new technologies that can enable innovation to help us keep our competitive edge. As we undwerake IT planning for 2010, we need to continue to invest in the critical building blocks of a technology infrastructure that can allow our company to a) lower network costs, b) improve facility efficiency and c) enable us to easily scale-out or up our environment to support business growth.
I'm taking the guesswork out of shopping for me this holiday season and have enclosed my 2009 HP holiday wish list:
- Power tools – HP ProLiant BL2x220c G6 & HP ProLiant DL785 G6: The HP ProLiant BL2x220c G6 server is an extremely power efficient double dense blade server that delivers the power of 2 blade servers in the space of 1, optimising the use of data centre rack space. And the 8-socket HP ProLiant DL785 server delivers exceptional processing power, flexibility and scalability to help optimise performance for their database, consolidation and virtualisation environments.
- The ultimate IT toolbox – The HP POD is an insta-data centre, with the 40' version delivering the equivalent of over 4,000 square feet of traditional data centre space-in-a-box. And it provides support for not only HP gear, but any vendor’s gear that fits in a 19" rack making it a perfect fit for our mixed IT environment. HP PODs can cut up-front capitol expenses by up to 15% and ongoing operational expenses by up to 30% compared to a typical traditional data center build-out.
- A high-tech Filofax – The HP StorageWorks X9000 is a scalable file virtualization solution that delivers simplified management of extreme data sets, lowering costs and enabling more rapid response to business needs. The X9000 would ensure IT can keep pace with the exponential data growth we’re seeing in the enterprise.
- The Matrix, Re-defined – The “special effects” behind the HP BladeSystem Matrix is its convergence of server, storage and networking resources that automate service delivery for the data centre.
A wire-once network fabric – HP ProCurve 2520 Switch Series helps converge the data centre environment and enables all resource to be shareable and expandable to meet new and changing application demands.
Thanks for all your support this year & Happy Holidays!
For the next round of blog posts, we will be looking at topics
such as energy efficiency and some considerations on reasons to consider new
servers in a down economy. This post from Chris Peters addresses the energy
Author : Chris Peters.
Of course changing a light bulb is easier. But did you know that
the power savings benefits of changing a single server are about equal
to changing three light bulbs and the economics of replacing either is
Server (peak power)
Server (idle power)
Star estimatesthat replacing a light bulb with a single
compact fluorescent can save $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in 6
Intel estimatesare that replacing 9 racks of older
servers with just one rack of new servers can save up to $765,000 over four
years and pay for itself in as few as 8 months.
While many of us no longer question changing older incandescent
light bulbs with more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs because
of economic and eco-friendly reasons, many businesses retain older servers in
their environment because they still work. About 3 months ago when talking to
IDC, they shared an estimate that they expect there to be about 32 million
servers supporting businesses around the world in 2009 and about 40% of them
are more than 4 years old (making them single core processor technology). That
is a lot of old single-core technology.
These single core servers take up a lot of space, resources and
power/cooling infrastructure. Newer
servers consume less power (about 150W on average based on test results with
industry standard benchmark SPECpower found at www.spec.org), deliver
more performance (up to 9x), come with a new warranty, and support technologies
to enable consolidation that can reduce OS, application and other costs that
vary per server. The combination of
these savings balanced with the costs and effort to replace them, migrate
applications and validate the new environment can deliver a rapid payback and
dramatic savings. You can estimate the
savings yourself using this server refresh savings estimator.
And since power per server is lower, you don't need to replace the
rack infrastructure (unless you want to) ... similar to how you don't need a new
light fixture for compact fluorescent light bulbs.
While it will take more work to change your server (than a light
bulb), the additional work is sure worth the effort as many customers have
learned (www.intel.com/references). Learn more about
server technology in the new Server Learning Center located here.
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb? ... a