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CIO Summit 2012 Malaysia: Modular and Optimised

F.Y. Teng | Aug. 31, 2012
Craig Slattery of Dell shows the way to successful infrastructure convergence and construction of future data centers.

Please describe for us the ideal data centre-one that has been built to leverage the best in convergence strategy and technology, and that has been integrated well with previously existing infrastructures-and share with us where data centres in this region stand in comparison.
Traditional data centers take too long to build and cost too much to run. The ideal data center is modular in design and optimized for space, power and thermal efficiency-this enables best of breed environment efficiencies whilst also supporting an easy build-as-you-grow approach that minimizes large scale up-front capital expenditure. It should then build on this physical environment efficiency by converging the infrastructure, operations management, application management and IT service delivery so that all aspects of the physical environment and workload environment have been optimized.

Note: An example of the type of modular DC I refer to can be found here:

Globally you will find good examples of data centers and bad examples within countries so I don't believe pinpointing specific geographies helps. The biggest issue we see in data centers is that many have been designed and built many years ago and technology density and thermal requirements have dramatically changed over the life of the data center-this often places pressure on power load and thermal efficiency. This is why a modular approach makes so much sense as they are much quicker to deploy and can be built as/when required in minimal space.


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