I had the pleasure of hosting Ken Brill, Founder, The Uptime Institute, at a reception at my home earlier this week. The occasion was his visit to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco to meet the press, and discuss Symposium 2009, to be held in New York City, April13 - 16th, 2009.
Ken spoke very briefly to the 20 or so assembled guests, largely from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Data Center Energy Efficiency Sub Committee. Mostly it was an opportunity to speak to him one on one.
What stood out for me in his talk, was Ken's own realization a few years ago, that the data center industry has manufactured its own meltdown, a mini version of the financial crisis we are all experiencing. We've done this because our corporations are not organized to give full responsibility to IT departments. IT has been shielded from the "inconvenient truth", that their utility bills are higher than they need to be, if small, incremental efforts are made to add energy efficiency to Service Level Agreements. We also touched on the now-popular topic of IT v Facilities as 'culprits and heroes'. Of course, the two are inextricably entwined, sides of the same coin, and when one is improved the metric points to the other as inefficient, and so an iterative dance commences: address some IT resources with virtualization, then some engineering, then more IT, then more engineering, etc. Simple takeaway: we know what
to do, we just have to do it. Have a green Day!
(Next blog follows from the annual Green Grid event, Feb 3-4 in San Jose, Ca.)