Crafting a Roadmap for Hybrid IT
With 15% of enterprises adopting a hybrid IT strategy, you need to set a plan
to integrate hybrid cloud throughout your infrastructure.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Steven Dreher, Director of Solutions
Architecture at Green House Data, will discuss how to plan for shifting
resource requirements, overcome challenges, and implement hybrid IT alongside
your existing data center assets. Highlights include anticipating workload,
cost and resource calculations, integrating services on both sides of the
firewall, self-service, monitoring, and workload prioritization.
Steven Dreher is the Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data,
with over 15 years of IT experience. He previously served as the CTO of the
Wyoming Supreme Court.
@ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, June 7-9 2016
at New... (more)
Clean and Green: IoT's Impact on Smart Buildings
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and
hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is
energy efficiency, and IoT's direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment
when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered
piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems
integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down'
approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Building actually
breathes - immediately flagging overheating in a closet or over cooling in
unoccupied hotel rooms.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dan Levine, co-Founder and CEO of CytexOne,
will explain how IoT can underpin sustainable solutions for energy efficient
building environments and, in the years to come, how it will beco... (more)
IoT: Creating the Next Generation of Communities
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio,
will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more
sustainable, intelligent communities.
One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that - with the help
of Siemens - will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide
residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security.
Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures
will run efficiently and sustainably.
Chris Klein is the CEO of Rachio, the smart sprinkler controller that uses
cloud-based software to reduce water consumption and create a more
sophisticated landscape. He has experience leading a number of product
development initiatives. Products include commercial construction buildings,
Facebook has been quietly working on building an energy-efficient data center
at the lowest possible cost for a year or two and Thursday it open sourced
the infrastructure it created under what it calls the Open Compute Project,
figuring that many eyes might improve on it.
"We are not the only ones who need the kind of hardware that we are building
out," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.
The company wasn't getting what it needed from the OEMs so it designed the
thing from the ground up and wound up building its own stripped-down Intel
and AMD servers, power supplies, server racks and battery backup systems.
Its approach meant it had total control over every part of the system from
the software on up and that meant it could use a 480-volt electrical
distribution system to reduce energy loss; remove anything in the servers
that didn't contribute to efficiency; reuse h... (more)
According to a recent market study by Datamonitor, the current global
economic recession may also prove to be a significant driver for Green
Computing. Their market assessment raises lots of questions -- including, is
it better for the world, and overall business profitability, if executives
cut-back on their IT investments?
"The global economic recession has spurred a paradigm shift in the way
organizations evaluate, budget for and deploy green IT," says Rhonda
Ascierto, senior analyst at Datamonitor. "The downturn has also resulted in
green IT trends for datacenters, client devices and asset lifecycle
management, as well as re-shaped return on investment (ROI) models."
Datamonitor believes green IT that's intended to eliminate the need for
capital expenditure -- such as datacenter virtualization, facility design and
asset lifecycle management -- has become very impo... (more)
New Zealand electricity distribution network operator, Orion, has reportedly
began a smart grid implementation with a solution from GE Energy. The
project, claimed to be the first in the country, will deploy GE’s ENMAC
Distribution Management System, which will help Orion monitor the
distribution grid and give operators an accurate, real-time picture of power
flow, trouble spots and potential workarounds for outages.
The project is expected to be finished by mid-2010, and support Orion’s
network covering 8,000 kilometres and 190,000 homes.
“Finding proven ways to improve reliability for our customers was a driving
force behind our decision to kick off this system deployment,” said Orion
CEO Roger Sutton. “When severe storms hit, we’ll have the information and
capabilities to prevent outages and focus crews to quickly restore power to
more people. This is a huge inve... (more)
Green IT and virtual data centers are no fad nor are they limited to large
Paying attention to how resources are used to deliver information services in
a flexible, adaptable, energy efficient, environmentally, and economically
friendly manner to boost efficiency and productivity are here to stay.
Read more here in the article I did for the folks over at Enterprise Systems
To say that “green” is a popular trend is an understatement. Green
messaging in general and in the information technology (IT) industry in
particular tends to center around carbon footprint and emissions reduction or
cost savings. The industry is seeing a shift from the initial green hype
cycle of a few years ago to the more recent trough of disillusionment
typically found with a post-technology or trend-hype hangover, to the current
re-emergence and growin... (more)
Latest IBM News, Views & Articles on Ulitzer
IBM recently announced the Power7 as the latest generation of processors that
the company uses in some of its mid range and high end compute servers
including the iSeries and pSeries.
What is the Power7 processor?
The Power7 is the latest generation of IBM processors (chips) that are used
as the CPUs in IBM mid range and high end open systems (pSeries) for Unix
(AIX) and Linux as well as for the iSeries (aka AS400 successor). Building on
previous Power series processors, the Power7 increases the performance per
core (CPU) along with the number of cores per socket (chip) footprint. For
example, each Power7 chip that plugs into a socket on a processor card in a
server can have up to 8 cores or CPUs. Note that sometimes cores are also
known as micro CPUs as well as virtual CPUs not to be confused with their
presented via Hype... (more)
That's some serious savings, even in a state where just about everything
seems to cost just a bit more.
A recent study has found that moving common software applications used by 86
million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough energy annually to power
Los Angeles for a year.
The six-month study was led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(Berkeley Lab) and conducted with Northwestern University.
The report looks at three common business applications - email, customer
relationship management software, or CRM, and bundled productivity software
(spreadsheets, file sharing, word processing). Moving these software
applications from local computer systems to centralized cloud services could
cut IT energy consumption by up to 87 percent - about 23 billion
kilowatt-hours. This is roughly the amount of electricity used each year by
all the homes, businesses and i... (more)
The data center industry, especially cloud providers, has recently been in
the spotlight for massive power consumption. For example, if the industry
were a country, it would be in the Top 15 users of energy, somewhere between
Spain and Italy. The 30+ Gigawatts pushed through data centers across the
globe has a far-reaching impact, including on the enterprise bottom line.
Electricity isn't cheap and, to top it off, analyst firm IDC estimated
un-utilized server capacity as equal to $140 billion, more than 20 million
servers and 80 million tons of CO2 per year.
Yet, using virtualization technology in a public or private cloud scenario to
run many instances of operating systems simultaneously on the same piece of
hardware can lead to up to 80% efficiency. Pair this with Infrastructure as a
Service or cloud computing models where virtualization is the norm, and the
There have been a flurry of "green cloud" announcements recently, and that
got us thinking about the relationship between green IT and saving money.
Green is also the color of money, after all, and companies are discovering
that reducing data center costs leads to substantial green benefits. The
cloud takes cost reduction and green even further.
In the first announcement, IBM continues to innovate in cloud and in green,
and it has patented technology for distributing compute workloads for cloud
computing in a way that reduces power consumption. I'd liken it to a load
balancer, but instead of trying to reduce response times, they're trying to
reduce power utilization overall. Now, it's really interesting because this
is not just a green initiative but it is also a cost-savings opportunity for
cloud service providers.
Power consumption is a major cost driver for cloud... (more)