The Green and Virtual Data Center

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  • Explores how to create and sustain a next-generation virtual data center
  • Addresses multiple green technologies and practices for the entire IT data center
  • Describes design and implementation tradeoffs using various best practices and technologies to sustain application and business growth while maximizing resources
  • Explains how server and storage virtualization, clustering, performance and capacity planning, energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly IT can support a diversity of applications and high-performance computing
  • Provides real-world perspectives, tips, recommendations, blueprints, and case studies on enabling a green IT data center infrastructure


The Green and Virtual Data Center sets aside the political aspects of what is or is not considered green to instead focus on the opportunities for organizations that want to sustain environmentally-friendly economical growth. If you are willing to believe that IT infrastructure resources deployed in a highly virtualized manner can be combined with other technologies to achieve simplified and cost-effective delivery of services in a  green, profitable manner, this book is for you.

Savvy industry veteran Greg Schulz provides real-world insight, addressing best practices, server, software, storage, networking, and facilities issues concerning any current or next-generation virtual data center that relies on underlying physical infrastructures. Coverage includes:

  • Energy and data footprint reduction
  • Cloud-based storage and computing
  • Intelligent and adaptive power management
  • Server, storage, and networking virtualization
  • Tiered servers and storage, network, and data centers
  • Energy avoidance and energy efficiency
  • Many current and emerging technologies can enable a green and efficient virtual data center to support and sustain business growth with a reasonable return on investment. This book presents virtually all critical IT technologies and techniques to discuss the interdependencies that need to be supported to enable a dynamic, energy-efficient, economical, and environmentally-friendly green IT data center. This is a path that every organization must ultimately follow.

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    CRC Press is pleased to announce that The Green and Virtual Data Center has been added to Intel Corporation’s Recommended Reading List. Intel’s Recommended Reading program provides technical professionals a simple and handy reference list of what to read to stay abreast of new technologies. Dozens of industry technologists, corporate fellows, and engineers have helped by suggesting books and reviewing the list. This is the most comprehensive reading list available for professional computer developers.

    Table of Contents


    IT Data Center Economic and Ecological Sustainment

    The Many Faces of Green—Environmental and Economic

    The Growing Green Gap: Misdirected Messaging, Opportunities for Action

    IT Data Center “Green” Myths and Realties

    PCFE Trends, Issues, Drivers, and Related Factors

    Closing the Green Gap for IT Data Centers


    Energy-Efficient and Ecologically Friendly Data Centers

    Electric Power and Cooling Challenges

    Electrical Power—Supply and Demand Distribution

    Determining Your Energy Usage

    From Energy Avoidance to Efficiency

    Energy Efficiency Incentives, Rebates, and Alternative Energy Sources

    PCFE and Environmental Health and Safety Standards



    What Defines a Next-Generation and Virtual Data Center?

    Why Virtualize a Data Center?

    Virtualization Beyond Consolidation—Enabling Transparency

    Components of a Virtual Data Center


    IT Infrastructure Resource Management

    Common IRM Activities

    Data Security (Logical and Physical

    Data Protection and Availability for Virtual Environments

    Data Protection Management and Event Correlation

    Server, Storage, and Network Resource Management


    Measurement, Metrics, and Management of IT Resources

    Data Center-Related Metrics

    Different Metrics for Different Audiences

    Measuring Performance and Active Resource Usage

    Measuring Capacity and Idle Resource Usage

    Measuring Availability, Reliability, and Serviceability

    Applying Various Metrics and Measurements

    Sources for Metrics, Benchmarks, and Simulation Tools



    Highly Effective Data Center Facilities and Habitats for Technology

    Data Center Challenges and Issues

    What Makes up a Data Center

    Data Center Electrical Power and Energy Management

    Cooling, HVAC, Smoke and Fire Suppression

    Data Center Location

    Virtual Data Centers Today and Tomorrow

    Cloud Computing, Out-Sourced, and Managed Services

    Data Center Tips and Actions


    Servers—Physical, Virtual, and Software

    Server Issues and Challenges

    Fundamentals of Physical Servers

    Types, Categories, and Tiers Of Servers

    Clusters and Grids


    Data Storage—Disk, Tape, Optical, and Memory

    Data Storage Trends, Challenges, and Issues

    Addressing PCFE Storage Issues

    Data Life Cycle and Access Patterns

    Tiered Storage—Balancing Application Service with PCFE Requirements

    Data and Storage Security

    Data Footprint Reduction—Techniques and Best Practices

    Countering Underutilized Storage Capacity

    Storage Virtualization—Aggregate, Emulate, Migrate

    Comparing Storage Energy Efficiency and Effectiveness



    Networking with Your Servers and Storage

     I/O and Networking Demands And Challenges

    Fundamentals and Components

    Tiered Access for Servers and Storage—Local and Remot

    Abstracting Distance for Virtual Data Centers

    Virtual I/O and I/O Virtualization

    Virtualization and Management Tool Topics



    Putting Together a Green and Virtual Data Center

    Implementing a Green and Virtual Data Center

    PCFE and Green Areas of Opportunity


    Wrap-up and Closing Comments

    Where We Have Been

    Where We Are Going—Emerging Technologies and Trends

    How We Can Get There—Best Practices and Tips

    Chapter and Book Summary

    Appendix A: Where to Learn More

    Appendix B: Checklists and Tips



    Author Bio(s)

    Editorial Reviews

    The book reviews the latest developments in facilities, server, storage, networking, and monitoring technologies and provides a roadmap of how each can be used to create next-generation data centers that combine efficiency with scalability . . . Schulz’s book provides an excellent primer for those wanting to understand how to create data centers for this new paradigm.
    Kurt Marko, in Processor, March 2009, Vol. 31, No. 11

    What I like about Schulz’s approach is that he doesn’t really pass judgment on whether or not you should re-adjust your IT initiatives around some greener-good agenda. He’s focused more so on illustrating how some of the technologies you’re already considering for the good of your business – virtualization, blade platforms, cloud computing power management – might otherwise be pretty cool for the environment, too.
    Heather Clancy, Green Tech Pastures, in ZDNet, February 26, 2009

    Greg Schulz has presented a concise and visionary perspective on the Green issues. He has cut through the hype and highlighted where to start and what the options are. A great place to start your green journey and a useful handbook to have as the journey continues.
    Greg Brunton, EDS/An HP Company

    I must admit that I have been slightly skeptical at times, when it comes to what the true value is behind all of the discussions on ‘green’ technologies in the data center. As someone who has seen both the end user and vendor side of things, I think my skepticism gets heightened more than it normally would be. This book really helped dispel my skepticism. ...extremely well organized and easy to follow.  Each chapter has a very good introduction and comprehensive summary.  This book could easily serve as a blueprint for organizations to follow when they look for ideas on how to design new data centers.  It's a great addition to an IT Bookshelf.
    —Dr. Steve Guendert, Global Solutions Architect, Brocade Communications