E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter

Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor | 4/30/2012 | 7 comments

Curtis Franklin Jr.
If you're here, you're obviously interested in enterprise efficiency. We can find efficiency in many different ways, but spiraling fuel costs have made energy efficiency a key issue for many CIOs.

That's why the next episode of E2 Radio will feature a discussion on how to Build a More Efficient Datacenter. Join us at 11:00 a.m. EDT (-4 GMT) on Tuesday, May 1 to hear an industry leader talk about what it takes to build a datacenter where energy efficiency isn't an afterthought.

Executive editor Curtis Franklin will be joined by Jeff Klaus, director of Intel Data Center Manager (DCM) Solutions, to talk about the critical factors in datacenter efficiency, the design elements and practices that make it possible to deal with the critical factors, and the technology tools that allow datacenter managers and executives to keep the efficient datacenter running as well as it possibly can.

Jeff Klaus of Intel

As director of Intel DCM, Jeff Klaus leads a global team that designs, builds, sells, and supports Intel DCM, the only software that provides real-time, server-level data on the power and thermal conditions across a wide range of datacenter servers and other equipment. Provided as an SDK, Intel DCM middleware is integrated into Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) consoles to increase datacenter power and thermal efficiency, helping facilities managers to better contain costs.

Since joining Intel in 2000, Jeff's accomplishments have been recognized by multiple division awards. With a broad background in software solutions for the channel, client, and SMB space, he has served as director of media programs within Intel's Digital Home Group, entertainment content marketing manager, business operations manager, and software marketing manager.

Jeff has presented at industry forums such as Gartner Data Center Summit, AFCOM's Data Center World, the Green IT Symposium, and the Green Gov conference. He has authored articles on datacenter power management. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Green IT Council.

Jeff earned his BS in finance at Boston College and his MBA in marketing at Boston University.

Efficiency is on everyone's mind. Give your mind the information it needs to do more than just talk about efficiency by tuning in to this week's episode of E2 Radio, Build a More Efficient Datacenter on Tuesday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (-4 GMT). Register here, and make plans to listen in to the conversation, and join the discussion on our live chat board. It's the most efficient way to get information on energy management!

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DBK   E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter   5/1/2012 11:20:13 AM
Re: Looking Forward to This - Hot VS Cooler?

Dave – Great point on the need to for companies to expand on their virtualization initiatives.   Virtualization is growing but my sense is that there is still some reluctance to embrace a technology that puts your data in a place that seems out of reach.  The reality is that this is the way of now and the future so CIO's will need to find a way to break down the barriers of resistance and embrace it.  Regarding the need for running hotter on the servers, that may be a true statement but heat is a killer on components and takes life of those components.  My opinion is that they need to find a way to help them run cooler, maybe more heat sinks or equivalent.  But that translates to a larger foot print which is what manufactures and data centers are trying to get away form.  In lies the rub?

David Wagner   E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter   4/30/2012 11:18:43 PM
Re: Looking Forward to This
@DBK- I certainly think that solar and heating from the waste heat are a part of the future data center. I also think servers that run fine at higher temps are a must. And i think most people still have room for more efficiency from virtualization.
Skr2011   E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter   4/30/2012 9:27:46 PM
Re: Looking Forward to This
Good to know. Can't wait to hear what he has to say.
DBK   E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter   4/30/2012 8:05:08 PM
Re: Looking Forward to This
Curtis - So I have this vision of the data center being a nice square building with solar panels on the roof.  And they can creat some of thier own energy from those panels.  Then during the winter they pull the heat for the data center to warm up the adjascent office spaces.  A modle for efficenty.
CurtisFranklin   E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter   4/30/2012 5:10:51 PM
Re: Looking Forward to This
@David, I'm really looking forward to this one. I've spent plenty of time in datacenters, and I'm very curious about where the "sweet spot" is for reaching greater efficiency. In our brief introductory conversation he seemed like a great personality -- I think the show will be quite informative and a lot of fun.
Sara Peters   E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter   4/30/2012 4:47:54 PM
new fundamentals
Yay! This will definitely be educational. Energy efficiency in the datacenter is not just a nice-to-have thing anymore, that's for sure. Looking forward to hearing more.
David Wagner   E2 Radio: Build a More Efficient Datacenter   4/30/2012 4:35:27 PM
Looking Forward to This
I had a chance to talk to Jeff. He seems really sharp. Anyone who sets foot in a datacenter (and let's face it that should be eveyrone on this site) can learn something from him. Should be a great discussion.

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