If building a new facility, I strongly recommend Tier Certification

 

Interview with Scott Roots from Uptime Institute

One of the most interesting presences in DataCenter Forum event organized in Bucharest 11th of May was Uptime Institute, worldwide authority for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for DC design, construction, and operational sustainability. For the first time in Romania, Scott  Roots – Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA sustained a conference dedicated to “Digitization & the changing shape of data center”, and a workshop named “Data Center Management & Operations Best Practice“. After the conference, Scott had the kindness to answer few some questions from cloudmania

 

“For the past several years, Uptime Institute’s annual survey reveals that these owners operated datacenter Private Cloud resources consistently account for more than two-thirds of all computing, with the Public cloud being used for the remainder.”

Scott Roots, Business Development Director Uptime Institute EMEA

 

 

cloudmania: Uptime Institute is recognized worldwide for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Datacenter Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability. The Tier Standards were designed for physical Datacenters providing classical collocation and dedicated hosting services. The DC transformation to virtual servers, Cloud servers and mobility induced a series of changes in the traditional DC evaluation metrics. How is prepared Uptime Institute – from standards attributes perspective – for these transformation changes and the certification needs for next generation of DC?

Scott Roots: Certainly, the cloud and hybrid business models are increasing in popularity year over year, and this will only increase the number of physical datacenters. We may see a trend shift toward resiliency at the datacenter physical level, for example, two Tier II facilities rather than a single Tier IV. The use of software and networks for redundancy is an interesting one and it is something Uptime Institute is currently watching.

cloudmania: Today many people consider Cloud & Big Data will kill traditional DC industry. But also other people think the new technologies should have a positive impact because whatever the cloud models are, it all runs in a DC somewhere… How is UI’s positioning relating this DC challenges? Will Cloud & Big Data/ Analytics/ IoT/ Mobile kill the DC industry?

Scott Roots: In the age of the Cloud, on premise and co-location datacenters are even more important to organizations as the vast majority all of this owners operated datacenters are being re-tooled and retrofitted to form the basis of Private Clouds. Private Clouds are simply owner-operated datacenters or colocation resources that have been deployed in a resilient fashion, enable elastic capacity, have accountability built-in, and offer a wide range of self-service capabilities. Working together, a mix of Public and Private Clouds will form the basis of all IT services for years to come. For the past several years, Uptime Institute’s annual survey reveals that these owners operated datacenter “Private Cloud” resources consistently account for more than two-thirds of all computing, with the Public cloud being used for the remainder.  Yes, the use of Public Cloud is growing, but at a much slower rate than previously reported. All of these owner-operated datacenter resources must be re-examined for their predictable performance. Uptime Institute’s Tier Topology Standard is the means to certify your Private Cloud.

cloudmania: Another important trend today, with a direct impact in DC industry evolution is edge computing. Many analysts consider edge computing will disrupt very soon the disruptive effect made by Cloud computing. Pushing power processing units from DC to Mobile DC or Roomservers more close to the data source will generate a fast transformation in DC traditional industry. How is seeing UI this evolution and which are the main recommendations you make for DC services providers?

Scott Roots: We are already seeing this to some degree, and beginning to see more clients looking at edge facilities. The use of Modular or Container solutions will aid in the increased adoption as it assists in a fast and affordable deployment of a new datacenter.

cloudmania: Uptime Institute is recognized today for +1000 Certification in 85 countries. Looking in UI official site search tool, just one DC from Romania seems to be officially certified with Tyer IV for design: Transfond. Why just one DC from Romania? Why is so difficult for DC from an emerging market to qualify for a certification?

Scott Roots: This is a good question, many datacenter owners in Romania may claim to be Tier X, but currently, only Transfond has been awarded Tier IV Design Certification. I believe a lot of the reason is education, people assume that by making a N+1 solution they are Tier III and they don’t need us to confirm that, which is incorrect. They also may assume we are expensive, which is also incorrect – the typical cost of Certification will be well under 5% of total investment and we have released our Micro Tier pricing model specifically for smaller datacenters (Sub 300kW IT load). This is the same high-quality Certification but designed to be commercially more viable for smaller datacenters.

cloudmania: Which is the former communist country with the biggest number of certified DC?

Scott Roots: All certified facilities can be viewed on our website at this link; https://uptimeinstitute.com/TierCertification/

cloudmania: Many peoples make different hierarchies for DC, trying to establish which DC is biggest in a certain area. Which are the criteria we can consider in a DC classification? The surface in sqm? The processing density? Total storage capacity? Which other?

Scott Roots: Uptime Institute works on White space and Critical IT load as our metric for measurement. We then classify facilities by the Tier level for resiliency.

cloudmania: Which are your recommendations for Romanian DC industry related to the next investments, in order to become compliant with best Tyer certification level?

Scott Roots: If building a new facility, I strongly recommend Tier Certification. For example, we recently saved a client over $700,000 in build costs as their design team had built a highly complicated and over-engineered system. Due to the identification of the issue, the client was able to scale back their capital investment while still achieving their desired Tier level. For an existing facility (and after a new one is built), operations are key. The Uptime Institute Management & Operations Stamp of Approval is a low-cost analysis of how the datacenter is being run from the management level down, which is critical for the smooth operations of a facility. Most datacenter failures are blamed on human error, but with best practices, the vast majority can be avoided.

cloudmania: How do you appreciate, personally, the initiative of Tema Energy to organize the first edition of DataCenter Forum?

Scott Roots: To be invited to speak (and for almost half of the day!) was a huge honor for us, the event was fantastic, an excellent mix of vendors, some great technology on display, and overall a very well run event. I have already requested an invitation for 2018 and very much appreciate being invited to a country-wide event like this. We want to continue to grow our footprint in Romania, so it was great for to be recognized by Tema Energy for our global work in certifying over 1000 datacenters in 85 countries.

 

Scott Roots is the Business Development Director EMEA at Uptime Institute. He covers Benelux, Central, and Eastern Europe from the Uptime Institute London office. Roots have been in the IT industry for almost 20 years, with the last 12 focused on the datacenter industry.  He is currently working on some very interesting projects such as a multi-Tier (III and IV in the same site) in Eastern Europe and with new technologies and ever-increasing density sites. Uptime Institute is always looking at new locations to help our clients achieve their business goals and to continue to increase our global presence.

Image Sources: Tema Energy – DataCenter Forum

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REGISTER TO IDC CLOUD COMPUTING ROADSHOW – September, 26

IDC Romania  is announcing the 3rd edition of Cloud Computing Roadshow 2013, organized in September 26, at Bucharest Intercontinental Hotel.

After several years of investments in the development of the cloud by service providers, the cloud has moved beyond the hype in CEE and has become a viable option for enhancing business agility, efficiency and driving innovation in enterprise IT. Perception around the advantages and risks of the cloud are also shifting.

Key topics to be discussed during IDC Cloud Computing Roadshow will be: IDC Cloud Conf

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ROMANIAN WINNERS OF EuroCloud AWARD 2013

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EuroCloud Romania announced the winners of EuroCloud Awards 2013. The main purpose of competition was better promotion of local innovative solutions in cloud computing area, consolidating a real competitive Romanian cloud providers market. This is the first time the winners of local contest will participate as nominees in international EuroCloud Awards, with officialy announcement during European EuroCloud Congress.

 

Romanian edition of EuroCloud Awards 2013 established four contest criteria: Best cloud offer for Iaas, Saas, Paas solutions, Best Cloud Start-up, Best Private Cloud project, and Best Public Cloud project. Function of each category, the jury analysed each project proposal from quality and professional criteria, market availability, main functionalities, capabilities, connectivity issues, datacentre resources allocation, data security and confidentiality compliance, business benefits for client, competitive advantages offered, marketing & sales benefits, etc.

Here are the winners of Romanian edition of EuroCloud Awards 2013:congres2013

  • The Best IaaS Offer: GTS Telecom, for GTS Virtual Hosting Environment
  • The Best SaaS Offer: Ymens, for Ymens cloud platform.
  • The Best Cloud Start-up:  RenderStreet for his cloud rendering portal.
  • The Best Private Cloud Project: Ymens solutions implementation at Unior – Tepid
  • The Best Public Cloud Project: SIVECO Romania for ADLIC application dedicated to High Schools admission and management of National Exams. 

 More details about the winning solutions and projects could be found in EuroCloud Romania dedicated Web page.

 About ADLIC, the winner Best Public Cloud awarded Project you can read in deep in cloudmania previous posts: “SIVECO Romania Believe in Cloud Advantages” (English), and “SIVECO mizeaza pe tehnologia cloud” (Romanian).

 Read all details about the contest, winners, and appreciation criteria in official announcement from EuroCloud Romania.

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PORTALUL GUVERNULUI AUSTRIAC PREMIAT LA NIVEL EUROPEAN

Înca de cand am gândit acest blog, unul dintre obiective a fost să vin cu informaţii cât mai utile legate de experienţele cloud, positive sau negative, în diferite zone geografice sau arii de activitate. Continui seria de postări de la rubrica Cloud Trotter cu un studiu de caz din Austria, din care vedem că, vorba reclamei TV: “există un sistem şi funcţionează…”, şi asta chiar în cazul serviciilor publice de cloud… Mi se pare un exemplu destul de elocvent despre ceea ce se poate face în orice zona guvernamentală, dacă există un pic de interes şi oameni care să se apuce de treabă…

Capture Austria portalE vorba despre organizaţia guvernamentală Bundesrechenzentrum – BRZ (Austrian Federal Computing Centre), care a fost premiată anul trecut de către EuroCloud Europe la categoria « Best Case Study Public Administration » pentru serviciile publice de cloud. La eveniment au participat peste 50 de furnizori de cloud din 12 ţări europene. Invingătorii premiilor EuroCloud Europe Awards au fost stabiliţi de un juriu format din 12 experţi în cloud computing.

Roland Jabkowski, managing director al BRZ a apreciat cu ocazia ceremoniei de premiere că standardizarea, virtualizarea şi automatizarea sunt elementele cheie ale oricărui sitem cloud computing, ir platfoma cloud a contribuit în mod esential la consolidrea sistemelor IT la nivel federal.

Infiinţat încă din 2001, portal.at este platform centrală pentru administraţia publică austriacă, susţinând o serie de servicii publice precum: help.gv.atUSP.gv.atgesundheit.gv.at.

Portalul sigură accesul a peste 130 000 de utilizatori la peste 400 de servicii publice ale administraţiei federale şi la peste 40 de portaluri Internet şi Intranet. Acestea acoperă o largă paletă de servicii publice guvernamentale, de la managementul resurselor umane şi alocarea resurselor financiale, la administrarea cardurilor de identitate ale cetăţenilor şi evidenţa terenurilor. Sistemul de facturare special dezvoltat pentru această pltformă asigură prelucrarea automată a tuturor aplicaţiilor şi face legătura cu sistemul SAP şi facilităţile de printare din cadrul BRZ.

La o estimare de TCO a reieşit că între 2008 şi 2012, prin serviciile de eGovernment oferite, portalul BRZ a reuşit să asigure economii de peste 133 milioane de €, prin standardizarea şi consolidrea tehnologiilor cloud la nivelul întregii administraţii federale din Austria.

 

Source: epractice.eu

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