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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.

Take a tour of the Green and Virtual Data Center website.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420086669
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/26/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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



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