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Greetings all,

 

Hope your start of semester went smoothly and things are starting to settle a bit.

 

In recent years our primary and secondary data centers have gone through a transformation.   We’ve been moving in the direction of  virtual desktops across campus so we’ve consolidated processing power into the data centers.  With server virtualization we’ve eliminated dozens of physical servers using blade servers to power the virtual environment and support an ever growing SAN environment.  Although we’ve consolidated  and reduced square footage in our data centers our power requirements (and AC requirements)  keeping going up, up and up to the point where we’ve outgrown capacity of a fairly new UPS system and generator.

 

Are others facing similar Data Center power issues and has anyone considered reducing power requirements by moving parts of their primary or secondary data centers off site?   Or is everyone biting the bullet and budgeting for very large UPS and Generators to support on campus data centers?

 

Regards,

 

Rick.

 

Rick Kubb

Director of Technology Services

Maryville University
314-529-9606

Gander Hall, Room 215

rkubb@maryville.edu

 

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Rick,
 
Had a very smooth start to the semester.
 
We are biting the bullet on new UPS's this year.  We looked about 9 to 12 months ago at a hosted server solution for our upcoming Blackboard 9.1 systems and it was still too high.
 
We put in a 350kw generator for our primary datacenter and don't expect any issues in the near future.  We haven't virtualized desktops yet, but are virtualizing our servers and hope to keep the power consumption at a reasonable level.  We do have two other data centers at other campuses and may have to look to distribute more load at those locations in the future if the need arises.
 
Dave
 
David Hoyt
Chief Information Systems Officer
 
Collin College     
Collin Higher Education Center
3452 Spur 399
McKinney, TX  75069
P - 972.599.3133   F - 972.599.3131


>>> On 9/22/2011 at 2:18 PM, in message <98800379C05D104088DFCA024D201DF401BF9812@NT6S16-MARYVM.ad.maryville.edu>, "Kubb, Richard" <rkubb@MARYVILLE.EDU> wrote:

Greetings all,

 

Hope your start of semester went smoothly and things are starting to settle a bit.

 

In recent years our primary and secondary data centers have gone through a transformation.   We've been moving in the direction of  virtual desktops across campus so we've consolidated processing power into the data centers.  With server virtualization we've eliminated dozens of physical servers using blade servers to power the virtual environment and support an ever growing SAN environment.  Although we've consolidated  and reduced square footage in our data centers our power requirements (and AC requirements)  keeping going up, up and up to the point where we've outgrown capacity of a fairly new UPS system and generator.

 

Are others facing similar Data Center power issues and has anyone considered reducing power requirements by moving parts of their primary or secondary data centers off site?   Or is everyone biting the bullet and budgeting for very large UPS and Generators to support on campus data centers?

 

Regards,

 

Rick.

 

Rick Kubb

Director of Technology Services

Maryville University
314-529-9606

Gander Hall, Room 215

rkubb@maryvilleedu

 

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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