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Dec 19 2008   8:38PM GMT

Biggest data center stories of 2008

Matt Stansberry Matt Stansberry Profile: Matt Stansberry

What were the biggest data center stories of 2008? This list is our top ten:

1. Hot-Cold Aisle Containment: Physically separating the hot and cold aisles in the data center is on every data center manager’s to-do list this year. The top articles on this topic include:

  • Hot-aisle/cold-aisle containment and plenum strategies go big-time
  • Yahoo turns to wireless data center monitors, cold-aisle containment to lower PUE
  • Hot-aisle/cold-aisle containment stokes fire-code issues
  • ADC data center aiming for 1.1 PUE, LEED Platinum
  • Companies reuse data center waste heat to improve energy efficiency

    2. IBM mainframe news: When IBM rolls out a new mainframe platform, you can bet it will be big news with the data center readership. Here are our top mainframe stories.

  • IBM pushes System z10 mainframe as consolidation savior
  • IBM welcomes z10 mainframe’s new sibling to the family
  • Mainframe virtualization improves total cost of ownership on IBM z10
  • Mainframers go for a jog at Share user group conference
  • Should you deploy a Linux-only mainframe?

    3. Windows Server 2008: With the release of Windows Server 2008 on Feb. 27, we wanted to know what the system’s new features meant for users. What are the additional hardware requirements? How does Windows Server 2008 stack up against Linux? And what are the roadblocks for Microsoft’s virtualization offering Hyper-V?

  • Windows Server 2008: What’s in it for users?
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 features prolong server hardware life
  • Windows Server 2008: PowerShell basics and top commands

    4. Purchasing Intentions Survey: The Data Center Decisions 2008 Purchasing Intentions outlined trends in server and software purchasing, data center infrastructure and more. This year’s survey also included salary and career information. For findings and analysis on data center spending and technology adoption trends, see the contents of this special report below:

  • Data center purchasing trends overview
  • Server purchasing decisions in 2008
  • Virtualization goes mainstream, warts and all
  • CMDBs gain favor in data center budgets
  • Data center energy a concern, but metrics lacking
  • Is Linux growing at Windows’ or Unix’s expense?

    5. Widespread adoption of economizers: has been following the evolution of economizer cooling technology. What was once seen as impractical for data centers is now widely accepted as a best practice, even in climates like Atlanta, Georgia.

  • United Parcel Service’s Tier 4 data center goes green with economizers
  • Data center cooling: Air-side and water-side economizers tutorial
  • Data center cooling economizers save energy costs, says Equinix

    6. Intel and AMD battle continues. There hasn’t been much change in the x86 space this year. HP is still the favorite x86 server vendor, a good portion of data centers still favor rack servers over blades, and the vast majority use Microsoft Windows as their primary operating system. But users are looking for ways to decide which commodity server platforms to choose from. Here are the top x86 stories of 2008.

  • Server memory stalling performance, energy-efficiency gains
  • Virtual machines per server: A viable metric for hardware selection?
  • Virtualization savings often spent on hardware upgrades, users say
  • AMD releases 45-nm Shanghai Opteron processor on schedule

    7. Data Center Manager of the Year. In January 2008, put out a call for entries for our first Data Center Manager of the Year competition. This award recognizes excellence in data center project management. Nominations poured in from colleagues, supporting vendors and the contestants themselves.
    The data center projects included consolidations, platform migrations, data center moves/renovations, certification projects, and new construction. These projects took place during the 2007 calendar year.

  • The Planet’s Jeff Lowenberg named Data Center Manager of the Year
  • Logistics firm coordinates multisite data center consolidation
  • Terremark data center manager puts all skills to work
  • Data center saves $700K renovating DR site and severing SunGard contract

    8. Microsoft’s Manos and Belady shake up the industry: Earlier this year, I predicted ASHRAE TC 9.9 would be the organization that would drive new thinking in greening the data center. If you’d have told me that Microsoft was going to be the organization shaking up the industry, I’d have laughed. But it looks like the joke’s on me.

  • Microsoft spills the beans on its data center strategy at AFCOM
  • Microsoft rolls out container data center strategy for cloud computing
  • Microsoft shows off Scry, Chicago data center video

    9. CFD modeling: Computational fluid dynamics tools for the data center have advanced and gained wider adoption in 2008:

  • Can CFD modeling save your data center?
  • Do you use kw/rack and cfm/kw to determine cooling capacity? Beware
  • Economizer performance: Applying CFD modeling to the data center’s exterior
  • When best practices aren’t: CFD analysis forces data center cooling redesign

    10. Economic Crisis. How will data centers weather the current economic downturn? It is the No. 1 question facing data center operators going into 2009.

  • With economic downturn, Dell, HP cut U.S. server prices
  • AFCOM keynote: Will data center budgets survive economic woes?
  • How will data centers weather the economic downturn?

    Are we missing any major developments? Let us know in the comments!

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