The Art of the Data Center: A Look Inside the World's Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments

The Art of the Data Center: A Look Inside the World's Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments

Douglas Alger

Language: English

Pages: 369

ISBN: 1587142961

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Today, data centers are the beating hearts of the companies they serve. Data centers process billions of Internet transactions every day. It's therefore critical for companies and IT organizations to understand the state-of-the-art in data center design. Narrow aspects - such as cooling, wiring, or power usage - are often the subject of technical documents. But it's rare to find a holistic view of how a great data center was designed - until now. In The Art of the Data Center, Cisco's Douglas Alger takes you behind the scenes at eighteen of the world's most innovative data centers. Through interviews with their designers, Alger reveals why key decisions were made, and shows how construction and other challenges were overcome. He goes behind the scenes with pioneering companies like Cisco, eBay, Facebook, and Yahoo! presenting design lessons that can be applied in widely diverse environments.

Readers will encounter amazing data centers like these:
• A data center built into a 1920s chapel

• A data center built in an underground military bunker, with artificial daylight, manmade waterfalls, and submarine engines providing standby power

• A data center inspired by a chicken coop

• The world's first all solar data center

Data center professionals directly involved in planning, design, or operations will find this book remarkably useful - and a much broader audience of IT executives and practitioners will find it utterly fascinating.

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in German submarines provide standby power for the facility. (A submarine sound-horn is installed near the engines and alarms in the event of a system malfunction.) Cementing the other-worldly feel of this server environment is the fact that it resides in a former nuclear bunker about 100 ft. (30 m) below ground, sheltered behind 15.7 in. (40 cm) thick metal doors. Bahnhof has retained the site’s Cold War codename, Pionen White Mountains, and a few of its trappings. ‘These doors should be locked

don’t think it’s a slam dunk but I do think it’s a better design. Each implementation is slightly different and depending upon the business requirements it could go either way. Are there any other lessons from this project that you plan to take forward into other builds? The slab decision, I think that was a great decision. I think the density of power distribution. I think we would spend more time making sure that we don’t leave any stranded power in the Data Center. We may make the power

them. When you look at it overall it can be beneficial. 121 John: I would point out that Citi is the first bank to have published water reduction targets as part of a sustainable agenda. Do you think this is an issue the Data Center industry as a whole is going to start paying more attention to in the future? John: I do believe that water is a major issue going forward. You could argue, why is it an issue in the likes of Germany where water shortage isn’t a particular issue? If you look at

computing—that is the leading indicator in the industry. What are they doing? If you look at the fastest computer in the world, it’s liquid cooled. Why is it liquid cooled? Because they have the same chip problem that everybody does and so they’ve figured out how to optimize that environment. We’ve just taken it one step further and figured out how do I optimize for that chip and for “When you really know the workload and the facilities infrastructure and you get those together and you start to

and gain access to additional content. The Art of the Data Center viii Preface Welcome to the engine rooms of the Internet. Filled with rows of sophisticated computing equipment, massive air conditioners and elaborate electrical systems, Data Centers power the Internet, foster productivity, and drive the global economy. They’re also flat out cool—ultramodern technology chambers with petaflops of processing and megawatts of electrical capacity. I began working in Data Centers more than 15

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