Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New York Jets Power Camp 2009

Thank you to everyone who joined PTS Data Center Solutions and the New York Jets last night at Power Camp 2009, hosted at the new Jets Training Facility in Florham Park, NJ.

We kicked off the training event with the Power Players Buffet … after all, if you want to be a pro you have to eat like a pro. There were about 80 people in attendance and it was great getting the opportunity to talk with everyone.

Together with the folks from APC, Avocent and Packet Power, we tackled a range of data center power issues during our Power Drills, including techniques for effective management, monitoring, availability and control.

Mike Petrino, vice president of PTS, gave the crowd a tour of the data center we designed for the NY Jets Training Facility:

All in all, the Power Camp training event was a huge success. Highlights for me included our field goal kicking contest, hanging out with NY Jets legend Bruce Harper and coaching my junior football team, the Franklin Lakes War Eagles, during a scrimmage on the Jets practice field under the lights.

Talking with Bruce Harper, the all-time kick returner in New York Jets history, at Power Camp:

Coaching the Franklin Lakes War Eagles on the Jets practice field:

Field goal kicking contest for attendees of PTS' Power Camp:

I hope everyone who attended enjoyed the event as much as I did. If you want to see more photos from this year’s Power Camp, please visit our Facebook Page at

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Inflection point: Build for Higher Density or Plan for Efficient IT?

Over the last decade, the focus of the Data Center Industry has been to plan & renovate feverishly to support higher densities. Not too much of a surprise because there was actually an uptick in the scale of Morse's Law over the last decade as processing power, processing density & power consumption per rack unit all had risen faster than the industry had ever experienced.

Over the last few years the server manufacturers started to pay attention to power consumption as many of their clients couldn't deploy the new technology or had to wait until renovations or new facilities became available to upgrade to the newer servers that consumed more power in a smaller footprint. You are starting to see some products on the market that reverse the decade long trend & use less power. From innovations in operating systems that fine tune power usage as shown in this recent article by IBM:

To Intel with its new Xeon 5500 series processors that is delivering up to 2.25x better performance and up to 3.5x improved system bandwidth are delivered in the same power envelope compared to Intel®Xeon®processor 5400. This processor also uses up to 50% lower idle power consumption during low utilization periods.

What is this forward thinking leading to? I believe we are going to cross the inflection point in the next couple of years where the high density environments we have or are constructing will outpace the power consumption demand of the new processors & servers we will need to deploy. It is difficult to say exactly when the big power saving breakthrough will happen at the chip level, but I think we all know it will happen. You don't want to be the last guy who built a MW facility @ 300 watts per square foot that now only needs 500KW & 150 watts per square floor. We often consider modular solutions that can scale up our density & capacity, but keep in mind that someday soon we may need to consume less power & cooling so we should make sure that our design is efficient at 50% or 30% of our design as well. Not just due to the inflection point where server power consumption will drop below data center power demand that Julius Neudorfer describes in the below article, but because our business requirements can also change where we won't need as much processing power to run our business.

Friday, September 18, 2009

PTS & The New York Jets Invite You to Power Camp '09

PTS, in collaboration with the New York Jets, is excited to invite you to Power Camp ’09. Tackle power issues before they result in a defensive meltdown and make sure that your Data Center is powered up for many more winning seasons!

The three hour Power Camp includes a buffet dinner and 3 intense drills that teach the latest techniques and solutions for effective power monitoring and control, followed by a tour of the state-of-the-art data center PTS engineered and built for the New York Jets. Be sure to stay for the field goal kicking contest and to meet famous NY Jet, Bruce Harper!

For more information and to view the agenda, please visit our website at

If you’d like to attend Power Camp ’09, please RSVP by 9/23/2009 to Amy Yencer,, 201-337-3833 x128.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Role of the CIO in Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery

Ralph DeFrangesco at ITBusinessEdge posted the following discussion question in their forums recently.
Corporations often confuse business continuity and disaster recovery. They also tend to put the CIO in charge of both. Should the CIO be the point person for both BC and DR? If so, why? If not why and who should it be?
It resulted in an interesting debate on the role of the CIO, so I reposted it on LinkedIn for so the members of our Computer Room Design Group could weigh in. Here are some of the insights they had to share...

Ken Cameron, IT Infrastructure & Outsourcing Executive:
The CIO should own Disaster Recovery. The business side (someone in Risk Management, Corporate Security, etc.) should own Business Continuity. The IT group should be represented on the Business Continuity council. IT plays a major role in Business Continuity, but does NOT own it.

IF the CIO gets Business Continuity, it needs to be made clear that his BCP responsibility is NOT part of his IT responsibility.

Christopher Furey, Managing Partner at Imaginamics:
This is one of those issues where it's a bit like asking the fox to watch the hen house. Only very small or inexperienced management teams put IT in charge of BC. The scope of the risk analysis is usually way beyond the skills of an IT Director or CIO, and even when it's not, business risk oversight is critical.

Ken is spot on. The CIO must be in charge of DR and IT Systems Continuity but not BC. Any CIO who wants to keep their job will work in tandem with Risk Management and key stakeholders on the business side to ensure critical business functions and the systems that support them are well considered.

BC is in the realm of Ops and is best handled with strong leadership (or at least advocacy) from the CFO, COO or GM - or the partners and owners in smaller firms. Management inadequately funds and supports BC unless it understands the risk and process in total beyond simply recovering IT systems or data.

Though it's often mentioned in the same breath with DR, BC is not an IT role, but ensuring the operational assurance of the key IT systems is.

K.M. Sreekumar, Consultant & Project engineer at Schnabel DC Consultants India Pvt Ltd:
IT is only an enabler to the business and business continuity though very critical it is not the business. Business overall is and should be the responsibility of the CEO, so we are back to square one CIO and CTO will only aid the BC plan and fully responsible for the IT and technology part. For example, CIO should not be responsible for even analysing the business impact of an IT black out. Secondly, threats to the business are varying in nature like pandemic, supplier lock outs, financial instability and very few have IT nature.

Another perspective would be to treat IT as a business and CIO be responsible for Business continuity of IT. Similar to what Christopher Furey wrote.

What are your thoughts on the role of the CIO and IT in relation to business continuity? Please share your experience by posting a comment here, or by continuing the discussion in the
Computer Room Design Group on LinkedIn.