Posts Tagged ‘Zen Kishimoto’

Bigger keeps getting BIGGER

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Well, it has been months since I have written a blog entry, so I am dusting off the old blog writing cap–which, by the way, I do in the traditional blog-writing style of off-the-cuff, unedited, just writing from the thoughts on my nose.

Now, just because I haven’t written a blog in some time means that: a) I have don’t have something to say or b) that I have nothing to say. As I have more than enough to say–whether stories, thoughts or ideas. I haven’t written a blog in a while because, well, I have been too busy.

In the later part of 2010, I worked on several large data center projects: a 50 MW (all quoted in IT load), a 100 MW containerized solution, and another 150 MW data center. Plus many other smaller ones and interesting work. And I thought data centers wouldn’t get much bigger. Than this year I also did some consulting on a 325 MW data center project, to be replicated several times over in many places. These numbers are rounded numbers to protect the actual clients and their projects, but close enough to the actual sizes. As you all know, I never share client information that is not already approved for public consumption or already out in the public. I honor all client NDAs.

And, I and others presented The Reno Technology Park at the Critical Facilities Roundtable meeting hosted by XL Construction on March 25th. We talked about some of the interesting challenges with site selections today. You can read more at Zen’s blog here.

Also, since then, The Reno Technology Park is moving forward with the design of it’s first tenant, a unique and large data center project. Exciting stuff!

So, while I preach having multiple data centers in diverse geographies for most uptime and limits to problems (i.e. tornadoes and other nasty weather in Southeastern US the last few days). Nonetheless, there are economies of scale, as their always are. So it seems that data centers are still getting larger. So this is a quick point, with many more interesting stories and ideas to come as I get back on the blogging bike and write again. Talk to you soon, as I have much to say. KC

SVLG Data Center Efficiency Summit

Monday, August 9th, 2010

For two years now I have been co-chairing the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Data Center Efficiency Program and Summit. This program showcases data center efficiency innovations via end-user case studies and end-user presentations at the summit. This will be the third year of the summit and we have an excellent agenda planned with many new innovations, new ideas, and comparisons about how to reduce energy use in your data center. The Summit will be an all-day event on October 14th at Brocade Systems in San Jose, CA (we move the summit to a different end-user each year; past summit hosts were Sun Microsystems and NetApp). You can learn more about what Brocade is doing to make their campus and data centers efficient here.

The main difference of this program and summit is that all presenters talk about their data centers, actual end-users of data centers. No presenter pays to speak via a sponsorship; this event has actual end-users presenting actual data, often validated by a third-party.

This program us put on mostly by a committee of volunteers, including my co-chairs: Ray Pfeifer, Tim Crawford and Brian Brogen. Many thanks to them for helping to pull this program and case studies together. Also many thanks to Kelly Aaron, Ralph Renne and Mukesh Khattar for helping with marketing, agenda and event planning. Zen Kishimoto, Joyce Dickerson and John Noh also helped with their valuable input. Dale Sartor and Bill Tschudi of LBNL helped immensely with leadership and ideas, and Paul Roggensack of the CEC with funding of the program. And most importantly, thanks to Bob Hines and Anne Smart with the SVLG for helping to plan the Summit.

You can view the program of the summit here. If you would like to submit a case study for this year or next year’s program, contact me or send an email to Case studies must be from data center end-users.

If you would like to sponsor the upcoming Summit , contact Bob Hines at the SVLG via the info on the event website. You can register for the Summit here or via the Summit website. The event has sold out the last two years and I expect a sell-out crowd again, so register early. I look forward to seeing you at the SVLG Data Center Efficiency Summit October 14th.