On 19 March 2010, IBM will release Tivoli Storage Manager v6.2. Read more about it at the Tivoli Storage team blog. How does this relate to Pulse you might ask? You can learn more about what's going on with Tivoli storage solutions by checking out out the storage roadmap at Pulse 2010 (also on the Tivoli storage blog).
So let's talk about storage and green...that's why you are reading this, right? When we think about "green", we usually think about energy and eco-efficiency. But what we don't often think about is the fact that there are may ways to get to those green benefits outside of energy monitoring and management. Enter storage (we'll talk about a few other areas in future posts). How can you improve storage utilization for an energy efficient storage environment? You can reduce power consumption by reducing the amount of disk capacity required to keep data assets tuned and available to the business. More specifically:
Improve storage utilization via storage virtualization and thin provisioning
Back up storage incrementally requiring less CPU utilization and therefore less energy
Reduce storage consumption / free-up storage space on existing storage devices by:
De-duplication of existing data
Compressing unused, inactive, orphan and temporary data
Automating the movement of data to more power efficient storage
What are the green benefits? I like to use the phrase "green comes with it". That is, by doing some of the above things to optimize your storage environment, you can realize a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly data center on the whole. Such benefits might include:
Storage space is utilized more efficiently reducing the overall storage "footprint";
Smaller storage footprint requires less hardware and resources, which in turn:
Reduces energy usage
Reduces carbon emissions and environmental impact
Reduces floorspace required for existing hardware, reducing the need for additional floorspace in the future (cost savings)
Seems pretty high-level as they say, but it stands to reason. What do you think?
It's Monday and Pulse 2010 is open and people from all over the country and world are still filing in to the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for Pulse 2010! Pulse 2010 is the premier service management event and this year's theme is "Optimizing the World's Infrastructure". If you are here, we're glad you are, and you will definitely want to check out the breakout sessions that are planned throughout the week around energy and efficiency. And tonight, you can stop by one of two peds focused on energy and efficiency, namely the Energy Management ped (#51), and the Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization ped (#26). Both peds will be staffed tonight from 5PM - 9PM, and we hope you will stop by to learn more about our energy management solutions.
Here's a quick primer on the solutions we'll be showcasing throughout the conference:
IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management is our core energy management solution. Simply stated, it allows you to monitor and manage energy, and helps you gain insight into energy and thermal information for IT equipment, data center infrastructure and facilities equipment and enable the optimization of the monitored environment from a centralized point of control. Be sure to stop by ped 51 for a closer look.
IBM Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization further supports energy and environmental optimization of data center assets with visual mapping. It integrates energy into service management processes, provides information to make better decisions about energy management, and includes mapping capabilities for energy and environmental metrics to identify issues that may effect costs or availability.
And let's not forget the "Ask the Experts" sessions planned Throughout the conference.
Be sure to watch us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/karlhelbig) for updates throughout the conference.
The excitement is mounting... the clock is ticking... we're just a few short DAYS away from Pulse 2010 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas!
I've blogged a couple of times around our Energy & Efficiency agenda and demo pedestals already, but I wanted to take a minute to let you know about our "Meet the Experts" sessions that are scheduled at the conference. We've got a great lineup of energy & efficiency experts for you to speak with, as follows:
Sunday 6:30 - 9PM Wayne Riley SAPM Portfolio Architecture, Tivoli Green Data Center
Monday 12-2PM Wayne Riley SAPM Portfolio Architecture, Tivoli Green Data Center
2-4PM Joe Saunders Program Manager, Tivoli Service Level Advisor and Tivoli Performance Analyzer
4-6PM Jim Fletcher Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architec t- Tivoli Green Data Center
6-8PM Vik Chandra Program Director, Strategy - Green Solutions
Tuesday 12-2PM Jim Fletcher Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architec t- Tivoli Green Data Center
2-4PM Wayne Riley SAPM Portfolio Architecture, Tivoli Green Data Center
4-6PM Joe Saunders Program Manager, Tivoli Service Level Advisor and Tivoli Performance Analyzer
Wednesday 12-2PM Chris Dittmer Sr. Market Manager, Tivoli Energy Efficiency and Green Solutions
2-4PM Wayne Riley SAPM Portfolio Architecture, Tivoli Green Data Center
So stop by, ask a question or two, and pick their brains. And don't forget to stop by the Energy Management (#51) and Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization (#26) demo pedestals on the exhibition floor.
I'm sure you all know that Pulse 2010 is less than two weeks away. I just wanted to take another opportunity to let you know that Energy & Efficiency is well represented at this year's event. Our presence this year is three-fold, with a strong Energy & Efficiency presentation track, including presentations from IBM, our partners, and of course our customers. We also have two demonstration pedestals on the exhibition floor, as well as time to "Meet the Experts" for energy management. Let's break these down one at a time:
Energy & Efficiency track breakout sessions:
Monday February 22:
- Energy and Efficiency -- Track Kickoff - Smarter Datacenters and Energy Management: Getting Started Today - IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management Product Details - Smarter Buildings: Service Management Integration and Energy Efficiency Optimization - How IBM Optimizes Energy Consumption Across Its Datacenter Space with Tivoli Energy Management - Intelligent Approaches to Physical Infrastructure Management
Tuesday February 23: - Managing Large-Scale Virtualization for Energy Efficiency - Virtualization Best Practices to Maximize ROI - IBM Service Management for Energy and Utilities -IBM Energy Management Stack: Integrations and Openness -Essential Elements to Incorporate into a Management Dashboard to Support Energy and Environmental Goals -Green Principles and Service Management
Wednesday February 24: - How Simulation Can Save You Money and Make Your Data Center and Test Lab Greener - IBM Energy Management Deployment Planning - Optimizing Facilities Infrastructure in Datacenters for Improved Energy Efficiency - An Overview of Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization -Go Green: How Johnson Controls Went Paperless with Mobile -CenterPoint Energy Uses IBM Business Transformation Solution to Build Smarter Meters
Tivoli Energy Management, ped 51 Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization, ped 26
Meet the Experts during exhibition hours from Sunday - Wednesday.
Is green still on your radar screen when it comes to managing your data center assets? If not, perhaps it should be. A greener data center can be achieved through various means, not the least of which is gaining efficiencies in the area of power (energy) usage. And there are many indirect ways to increase energy efficiency in the data center. Consider if you will virtualization, asset management, storage management, and cloud computing as potential contributors to a more energy efficient, "greener" data center. For the purposes of today's blog, let's focus on virtualization - and the notion that "green comes with it".
Through virtualization, you can improve data center efficiency by raising the utilization of servers. I've heard many times that most computing resources (CPU) are left untapped on a single server. A global study of server energy and efficiency supported by the Alliance to Save Energy found that 72% of server managers believe that 15% or more of their servers were not doing any useful work. Consolidating multiple applications and workloads that run on separate devices to a single, partitioned server reduces the number of actual servers needed to handle current as well as future demands. And fewer servers means increased utilization, which in turn means that less power is required to operate and cool them, resulting in a more efficient - energy and cost-wise - and environmentally friendly data center.
And when we talk about virtualization, we shouldn't forget about the network. As servers have sprawled, so has the network that's required for access to and communication with those servers. In some cases it's thought that networking equipment can contribute as much as 20% -25% of the power load. As servers are condolidated and virtualized, there too can be a significant opportunity to simplify the network as well, and drive additional savings in the areas of energy use and cost, and reduced environmental impact.
So if you think about the above, if should become clear that some green benefits of virtualization can include:
Reduced energy use and associated costs
Fewer hardware assets require less energy used
Reduced heat output from fewer assets = reduced cooling requirements = less energy used
Lowered carbon emissions due to the reduction in hardware and energy use = a cleaner environment
And let's not forget that consolidation can certainly lower capital and operational costs as well
You may not think of green when you think of virtualization, but the potential benefits are compelling and should be part of the equation when thinking about the impact that virtualization could have on your IT infrastructure.
Come see us at Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, February 21-24, booth 51.
Share Your Story @ Pulse
This year at Pulse 2010 we are
scheduling video tape interviews with clients who are willing to share
their thoughts on what they are doing to achieve visibility, control,
and automation in their infrastructure. We will be filming client
videos at Pulse starting Sunday, February 21, through Wednesday,
February 24. The content will be used to produce short videos that we
will leverage to illustrate the needs clients are addressing in their
organizations. Our customers have been sharing their stories throughout
2009 as you can see below. Interested in participating? Notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in telling your energy efficiency story.