Posts Tagged ‘Data Center’

Building a Foundation for Modern Networking

Stephen Stack

Stephen Stack

Enterprise Architect, Dell IT
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Some in IT might wince when I say this, having a modern IT network isn’t about the new and the shiny. It’s about the foundational.

Before an IT organization can pursue Software Defined Networking, Converged Infrastructure (CI), Digital Transformation, Platform as a Service (PaaS), or any other emerging technology, it needs a network in which its people, technology and processes support the foundational elements of its existing technology and services.

Three and a half years ago, my Global Networking Services team at Dell took on the challenge of modernizing and transforming Dell’s networking infrastructure to improve reliability, simplify, lower costs which set the stage to adopt new IT innovations. While it was an effort that had been attempted many times before, we succeeded in delivering a more stable and flexible network that is now poised to support Digital Transformation as the company integrates Dell’s and EMC’s networks.

Some of the factors that helped us get there may surprise you.

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Turning Up the Heat in Data Center Cooling

David Scheffler

David Scheffler

Director, Data Center Services

How do you cool today’s modern data centers, running increasingly high density and high performance equipment built to manage exploding amounts of enterprise data?  This presents a substantial cooling challenge for data center managers. Fortunately, we at Dell IT have found a way to take the heat off of such cooling demands.

After many months of careful experimentation, we recently determined that using a cold aisle containment approach in our Durham, N.C, data center, we can safely maintain our equipment at 78 degrees F.  This is six degrees warmer than the original design threshold of 72 degrees F. The increase means we can now leverage free-air cooling—air circulated from outside rather than mechanically cooled air—in our data center 80 percent of the time instead of 60 percent. (Think of it as opening a window in your house rather than running the air conditioner.) This will cut our cooling costs by 25 percent.

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Building the Modern Data Center on a Foundation of Trust

Matt McCormack

Matt McCormack

Chief Security Officer at EMC
Matt McCormack

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If your organization is struggling with how to keep your enterprise data secure in the cloud, you aren’t alone. The fact is, the modern data center poses some fairly new security challenges and there is no rule book on how to meet them. Even in security, we are learning as we go.

Matt McCormack, Chief Security Officer at EMC, explores this learning process in a blog on EMC’s Reflections site, which features reports from the road by EMC executives. Read his full blog at http://reflectionsblog.emc.com/building-modern-data-center-foundation-trust/.

EMC IT Helps Drive Sustainability

David Scheffler

David Scheffler

Director, Data Center Services

EMC IT is innovating and developing new IT solutions that not only meet our internal customers’ growing data and IT demands but also help us drive improved space utilization and energy efficiencies in our modern data centers.

For example, in our regional data center in Cork, Ireland we used “hot aisle containment” technology to decrease machine energy consumption by 24 percent. In our Hopkinton Data Center, we increased space efficiency and reduced power consumption to extend the facility’s life by five years.  And leveraging IT’s own business analytics tools, we were able to apply predictive and deeper analytics into application and device power usage—to drive further efficiencies.

Read more about our Efficient Data Centers and how they further EMC’s commitment to sustainability in EMC’s 2015 Sustainability Report.

Also, check out our video for a closer look at EMC Cloud Data Center in Durham, N.C.

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