Hello, my name is Andrew Kutz, and I will be your Burton Group guide on the wonderful journey that is compute resources, power and cooling, server architecture, and more! For the past 11 years I have been involved in just about every aspect of the IT industry. I have been a programmer, a systems administrator, a project manager, and a lead architect. For the last two years I have focused on virtualization, server architecture, data center management, and power and cooling -- four crucial aspects of data center operations.
Indeed, today's IT industry is facing a crisis that can be characterized by several statements:
- There are too many servers.
- There is not enough power, or additional power is too costly, to accommodate the servers that do exist.
- There is not enough cooling, or cooling systems are not properly designed, to satiate the needs of existing data centers.
- Management software has not evolved to handle the heterogeneous environments created by customer demand for the best product on the best platform.
This crisis exists because despite the dot com bubble bursting at the turn of the century, businesses that rely heavily on their IT infrastructure have continued to thrive. Companies that find themselves in the position of having to expand their data centers to accommodate increased business have unfortunately reached a crucial nexus. How do they facilitate business growth in the face of the problems associated with data center augmentation?
This space is dedicated to the researching a new way of thinking about data center design and management. It is my hope that our collaboration will lead to the creation and advancement of novel solutions to today's problems. Or, as we say in Texas, kick your shoes off and sit for a spell -- the sun is shining and the day is just getting started!
posted by: Andrew Kutz