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HP Enterprise Services Wynyard Data Center wins Uptime Institute Data Center Award

I was in New York City this week to attend the Uptime Institute Symposium 2010 to see the latest in technology and services for data centers, and also to accept the Green Enterprise IT Data Center award on behalf of the HP Enterprise Services team and construction partners for the new free air cooled data center at Wynyard in the UK. Wynyard is over 300,000 square feet and has four of a potential of eight data halls completed. By using cool outside air as the primary chiller, it achieves a tested power usage efficiency (PUE) of 1.2, making it the highest efficiency, large scale business data center to date. PUE is the ratio of the total power consumed by the data center compared to the total power going to the IT equipment, so for every 1.2 watts coming into Wynyard, 1 watt runs the IT equipment, the remainder runs the building. Most older data centers have PUEs between 2.2 and 1.8. Some of the features in Wynyard are:

  • High volume, low RPM fans to cool the data halls

  • Enclosed cold aisles

  • Rainwater capture to meet humidification system, toilets and landscaping needs

  • High reflectance roofing

  • Intelligent lighting

A tour of the Wynyard data center is available on HP videos. Many of the design elements for Wynyard have been incorporated in existing and new construction data centers for HP and its clients. Congratulations to the Wynyard team!

3Com Acquisition and the Data Center of the Future

The recent acquisition of 3Com by HP illustrates the level of integration necessary to built and deliver the Data Center of the Future, or Next-Generation Data Center (NGDC). Basically a Data Center needs to be though of as being comprised of an inter-related combination of server, storage and networking infrastructure delivering ITC services to users.

With its acquisition of 3Com, HP is positioning itself to deliver a converged infrastructure that tears down the walls that  have existed over the last couple of decades. Where IT organisations typically viewed each piece of the solution, CPUs, storage, network, etc., individually. Effectively creating unique solutions for each user need. With the increasing trend towards consolidation of IT infrastructure and the shift towards viewing IT as a set of consumable resources rather than something that needs to be uniquely specified for every requirement the role and structure of the data center must also change.

While the server and storage parts of the infrastructure are now far down the road to being commodities, so far less has been done to integrate the network portion of the data center infrastructure into this model. Many current network architectures increasingly resemble an accumulation of patches and workarounds for systems, interfaces, geographies and protocols that were originally intended for use with point-to-point connectivity rather than the complex web on interconnectivity that modern businesses are increasing demanding.

Resolving this integration challeng is critical to addressing the unique needs of the Data Center of the Future which must deliver high-performance computing, networking, and data storage to multiple users from a shared resource pool. Public cloud models are pushing this trend further towards lower-cost "global scale" models designed to provide aggregated reliability  and support "scaling out instead of scaling up" as the model for capacity growth. As well as creating a way for these facilities to evolve to meet the need for greater capacity; while mitigating environmental impact. And this has be achieved at a lower unit cost while delivering a services eco-system that is fault-tolerant, flexible, scalable, easy to maintain, cost-effective, and meets the environmental legislative requirements for data centers.

I believe that HP's acquisition of 3Com can play a significant part in accelerating the move to converged infrastructure and the data center of the future that will meet not only today's challenges but allow them to meet future challenges as well.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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