By now you’re likely familiar with PUE, or Power Usage Effectiveness, an industry standard measurement for the energy efficiency of a data center. Despite some claims that PUE is easily manipulated or not enough to judge full environmental impact, many data centers (including Green House Data) are using PUE to measure efficiency.
The Green Grid, a consortium of technology companies who aim to improve data center efficiency, has collaborated with industry groups around the world to develop several new metrics to measure carbon emissions and energy use in the data center, including GEC, ERF, CUE, and DCeP. What are these new measurements, and how does Green House Data stack up?
There are myriad ways to bill colocation customers, making a comparison between multiple bids an occasionally daunting process. The industry does seem to be shifting towards an accepted standard billing model based on metered electricity use, but older billing methods based on footprint and telecom connections are still in play.
This can make it difficult to compare bids based on different models. What are the distinctions in colocation pricing models and what is the fairest method for customers and providers alike?
Datacenter Dynamics reports that the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) will remove “tiers” from its data center benchmarking system. We've previously explained the differences between TIA and the Uptime Institute data center tier benchmarks here on the blog—they mainly differ in the requirement of raised floors. The article also explains that the Uptime Institute and TIA will work together to establish a unified front for data center ratings.
As part of our commitment to transparency and support, Green House Data is sharing some statistics from the Network Operations Center. The NOC is home to our support team, the first responders to customer issues. The 2014 Support Report discovered several key statistics including a 12.8 minute average response time.
Even as we build a new efficient data center, we’re always looking for ways to improve the PUE of our existing facilities. As fans of efficient infrastructure in general (after all, efficient equipment is well-installed, maintained, and operates at a lower cost), we encourage our data center peers to strive for efficiency as well.
Gartner posted a Top 10 Techniques to Improve Data Center Cooling Efficiency back in April 2012. We’ll take a look at the three methods they found easy to perform while still delivering dramatic results.
Green House Data has grown fast since starting in 2007. Take a look at our new infographic to see statistics about our company including square feet of data center white space, total Gigawatts of energy saved, average response time, and more.
The software defined data center (SDDC) is a natural evolution of virtualization, extending it beyond virtual machines on a server to virtual networks, virtual storage, and new automated management tools with similar benefits to traditional virtualization. The term was first coined by VMware CTO Steve Herrod in 2012.
In an SDCC, all physical infrastructure is treated as one resource that can be divided as needed, rather than split up by individual servers, switches, routers, hard drive, storage bays, and so on. Software and services are installed on an abstracted layer on top of data center hardware to manage virtual networks, virtualized servers, and virtual storage.
Security. When it comes down to it, security is the main reason many executives are wary of cloud hosting. It’s a good reason, too. It takes a bit of faith to put critical business data into external infrastructure. Managed cloud security services offer peace of mind as dedicated NOC staff keeps watch 24 hours a day for incoming threats, both taking precautions and responding to attacks as soon as they are detected. The three stages of managed security services are:
The reach of the Internet is growing at an astonishing rate; however, there are still thousands of businesses located in rural areas with less than stellar Internet connections. In most cases they are given only two options to get a faster, more reliable connection – wait or relocate.
Neither sounds very appealing so companies with the resources available have been working together to provide a third option – Internet peering exchanges.
The Network Operations Center, or NOC, is the beating heart of the data center. The room is hung with TV screens and stuffed with computers, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So what are the NOC technicians up to during all that time? Quite a bit, actually. Let's take a look at a night in the life of a NOC tech.