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Pimp My Datacenter

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the rack-and-cable-porn dept.

Networking 117

snydeq writes "InfoWorld has put together an in-depth, hands-on feature detailing the complete pimp-out makeover of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics' 1950s-era server room into a bona-fide 21st century datacenter equipped with 'some of the glitziest and most functional gear known to datacenter-building man.' The project — completed neither on time nor on budget — resulted in improved rack and cable management, more efficient cooling, higher security, and a wealth of remote management functionality to keep University of Hawaii IT staff from having to leave the beach to service glitches. Editorial coverage includes essential tips for completing a datacenter overhaul, video interviews, and deep-dive coverage of the technologies implemented, including state-of-the-art datacenter-planning software, power and cooling equipment, out-of-band management systems, physical security solutions, remote rebooting capabilities, and more."

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I got a bad feeling about this . . . (4, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833489)

Like all of a sudden, CNN's [cnn.com] gonna pick up on this story, and start talking about "nerd caves",. . .

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23833619)

Where is the Blame Bush angle?
If you haven't got that, it's all so much Haditha.

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (-1, Troll)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833653)

No, CNN is to busy shoving Obama down everyone's throat to be bothered with 'nerd caves'.

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (0, Troll)

cptnapalm (120276) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833785)

International Herald Tribune is on the case as well.

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (1)

vought (160908) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834745)

Neither one of them has a website as incredibly crappy as InfoWorld, so I think I'll read the story when it appears elsewhere.

Seriously, the InfoWorld web design team must consist of a myopic monkey and...another monkey.

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (1)

binaryspiral (784263) | more than 6 years ago | (#23840251)

I think monkeys, even with reduced eye site, can create better code.

The InfoWorld web team is probably made up of a Drinking Bird [wikipedia.org] tapping the keyboard of some Windows ME computer running FrontPage 98.

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (2, Interesting)

1sockchuck (826398) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833771)

Too late. They're already putting data centers in caves [datacenterknowledge.com] . They'll soon be filled with nerds.

This calls for a new acronym.. (1)

newr00tic (471568) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835073)

..NIAC - 'Nerds In A Cave.'

Re:This calls for a new acronym.. (0, Troll)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835319)

I've had it with these motherfucking nerds in this motherfucking cave!

Re:This calls for a new acronym.. (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835839)

I'll wait for the movie.

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (2, Informative)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23841425)

In spelunker "culture" we have a word for people who enjoy spending an inordinate amount of time in caves:

Troglodytes

Or more colloquially: "Trogs". I think the word is quite apt here.

Re:I got a bad feeling about this . . . (1)

Stachybotris (936861) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834407)

And why not? I refer to our NOC as the nerd cave...

InfoWorld needs to take their own advice... (1)

Crazy Taco (1083423) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834733)

Well, it's obvious InfoWorld didn't pimp their own datacenter, as they just got roasted by the slashdot effect.

Datacenter? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23833491)

What is a datacenter?

Re:Datacenter? (4, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833633)

A datacenter is a point in space surrounded by just over 6.28 units of datacircumference.

That's no datacenter... (-1, Offtopic)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833519)

Here's a real datacenter [switchnap.com] .

Re:That's no datacenter... (1)

1sockchuck (826398) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833859)

There's more info on Switch Communications and its Vegas supercenter at The Register [theregister.co.uk] , Data Center Knowledge [datacenterknowledge.com] and the Silverback Migration [teamsilverback.com] blog. These stories talk about their cooling system, which handles 1,500 watts per SF with air cooling. Gotta love that video on the Switch web site.

Re:That's no datacenter... (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835889)

re switch

Ya, no kidding. To interview Roy he had no less than Scott McNealy call the guy?? Thanks for the link to a datacenter superpower we've never heard of!

Computers / Engines (-1, Offtopic)

c0d3r (156687) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833547)

In fresno, ca, you get a free 350mhz computer with a 350 engine block. I'm hoping to build a 3.4 ghz with 6 cores to match my 3.4 6 cylinder camaro. I wouldn't mind a 4x4 chevy truck with a 4-processor 4-core system that I can view on the windshield. Or may be a dual 4 core for my V-8 engine. Then again I can just paint flames on the side of my server and have the sound of a motorcycle on the start button. I used to have a server that would rev it's cpu fan when I'd compile code. Man, I need more blink for my server.. add some dubs to my mouse, and a specialty horn in place of the system speaker. Maybe connect my car alarm clicker to login to my machine. Maybe my alternator can power up my machine, but not with todays gas prices (I wonder how this will affect backup generators). Maybe my ac compressor can double for a fan.

I'll make my own datacenter (4, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833551)

With hookers and blackjack. Well screw the blackjack.

Someday I'll get over cringing when people use the word pimp positively.

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (4, Funny)

WarJolt (990309) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833811)

Someday I'll get over cringing when people butcher a quote.

I'll make my own datacenter... With hookers and blackjack. In fact, screw the datacenter.

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23834043)

Ahh, screw the whole thing.

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (4, Funny)

Hooya (518216) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834983)

only a nerd would screw the datacenter. most would probably screw the hookers.

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835207)

Congratulations, you just made me cry! :'(

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23835399)

I'll make my own datacenter... With hookers and blackjack. In fact, screw the datacenter.
Isn't the point to screw the hookers?

Screwing a datacenter sounds... unpleasant.

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (3, Informative)

halln (1180165) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833941)

I believe you have that wrong. You SCREW the hookers and PLAY blackjack. Simple mistake.

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23834121)

I thought screwing the hookers would be a better idea.

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (1)

chemisus (920383) | more than 6 years ago | (#23838475)

depends on the OS thats on the datacenter.

obviously you have less chance catching a virus from a hooker than a windows server.

but linux on the other hand...

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834563)

Someday I'll get over cringing when people use the word pimp positively.
Yo' cracka. Some of the badest pimps and gangstas I know are crackas workin' in a data centre. Like the AnimeCrackaz in Minnesota. Hardcore fuckin' gangstaz. So give 'em props. Datacentre posse in da muthafuckin' house!!!

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835381)

With hookers and blackjack. Well screw the blackjack.

No, you screw the HOOKERS. Damn, you are an engineer, aren't you?

Re:I'll make my own datacenter (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#23836417)

Arrrrrrrrrrr


You forgot the beer volcanoes and stripper factory, add those and you'll in heaven!


Re:I'll make my own datacenter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23839071)

With hookers and blackjack. Well screw the blackjack.
Personally I would make a different decision.

Sigh (5, Insightful)

jaxtherat (1165473) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833559)

Pimp My Datacenter
Maybe I'm just too old to get it (26), but when did pimps become cool, and the word pimp become a verb commonly used to describe a process of improvement? I mean, when I was growing up, a pimp was a scumbag who hooked women (and some men) with drugs and threats and made them turn tricks. Hardly something laudible.

Yes, I know "get off my lawn" etc...

Re:Sigh (4, Funny)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833577)

Around the same time we started seeing "wiggers"

OB Lebowski (5, Funny)

Sir_Real (179104) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833697)

"wiggers" is not the preferred nomenclature. Wafrican-Americans please.

Re:OB Lebowski (1)

vought (160908) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834779)

Wafrican-Americans
niveus pubes

Re:OB Lebowski (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23838645)

Wigroes is preferred.

Re:Sigh (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833703)

If the article has "Pimp" in the title, and it wasn't even written by Herbert Kornfeld [theonion.com] then gonna not RFTA twice!

Re:Sigh (2, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833801)

It happened at least 10 years ago (I'm 28). Maybe about 50 years ago. (Don "Magic" Juan Yo)

More likely than 'when did become' is 'where' not including the area that you grew up in.

Re:Sigh (5, Funny)

evilviper (135110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833807)

when did pimps become cool, and the word pimp become a verb commonly used to describe a process of improvement?

The 70s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaxploitation [wikipedia.org]
The 80s and 90s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimpmobile [wikipedia.org]
And the 00s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimp_My_Ride [wikipedia.org]

Maybe I'm just too old to get it (26),

You're not remotely too old... You were just simply an unpopular and stodgy individual.

Re:Sigh (2, Insightful)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834395)

Isn't "Pimpmobile" one of Bender's top 10 most commonly used words?

(see bouncy ball world war, featuring head of Nixon, Zap Brannigan, and Henry Kissinger)

Re:Sigh (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23833895)

See this article on Slate about the history of the word "pimp" used as a verb:
http://www.slate.com/id/2184211/

The Slate article is good reading. It might actually answer your questions.

(See also "Pimp My Ride," a show on MTV. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimp_My_Ride )

Re:Sigh (1)

Skidge (316075) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835357)

For those that can't be bothered to cut-and-paste, here are some handy links: Slate article [slate.com] and Pimp My Ride [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Sigh (1)

Anonmyous Coward (1290620) | more than 6 years ago | (#23840075)

Maybe I'm just too old to get it (26), but when did pimps become cool, and the word pimp become a verb commonly used to describe a process of improvement? I mean, when I was growing up, a pimp was a scumbag who hooked women (and some men) with drugs and threats and made them turn tricks. Hardly something laudible.


Pimps became "cool" out of necessity long before you were born. I think your negative perceptions stem from a common misunderstanding of the "pimp" business model and sex-worker economy promoted by negative fictional role models in the media, such as Flyguy [imdb.com] , which, although part of pimp-culture's marketing strategy, backfired. Let me explain.


Pimps serve a vital role as intermediaries between the the poverty-stricken segment of society (which the sex-worker economy typically draws on for labor) and its more affluent clientele (which account for most of its revenue if not the most number of "jobs"). You see, the sex-worker economy provides employment for otherwise unemployable individuals and serves as an avenue for a transfer of assets from rich to poor without the significant government overhead of welfare. It's not without any overhead, but compared to the feds, most pimps are models of efficiency in business.


A pimp has two equally important primary roles: marketing and human resources. Take your average upper middle class church going sexually deprived white guy. This potential client would feel everything from fear to pity to disgust at the thought of having sex with the average impoverished mid-to-late twenties drug-addicted alcoholic high school drop out prostitute. Likewise, the potential prostitute would be afraid, shy, nervous, and easily spotted by the cops. The two would never be able to enter into a mutually beneficial business transaction.


But the pimp makes it all possible. His "cool", as you describe it, prevents clients from having to be aware of the unfortunate but necessary source of raw materials for his business, much like your local supermarket, with its sparkling white floors and refrigerated cases of bright-red carbon monoxide soaked meat, hide the horrors of the meat processing industry from you. The pimp's fancy car, gold chains, expensive fashions and self expressive grooming show his clients the world of fantasy, excitement and culture they demand. These same qualities also show employees the potential benefits of hard work in their chosen field.


Do you look down on the president of your company for wearing an expensive 3-piece suit or driving a late-model BMW? Of course not. You know he's worked hard to build the company that puts food on your table every night. That same charisma keeps sales coming in and your paycheck going out. The more impressive he is, the more business your company gets and the harder you're willing to work for him, right? So why then would you criticize pimps for doing the same thing. Sure, the nature of their business means that they need to demonstrate their success slightly differently, but the basic idea is the same.


Pimps are cool because they have to be. They simply cater to what their potential clients demand. They personify "process improvement" because their hard work provides good pay to thousands who would otherwise flood social services and the minimum-wage job market. Drugs are simply a side business that both clients and employees demand and threats are part of the show for the clients. In short, don't hate the player, hate the game.

Lame (5, Funny)

FSWKU (551325) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833563)

Not the datacenter itself, but the InfoWorld coverage. Two pages that could have EASILY been put on a single page (although that would decrease ad impressions and we can't have that, now can we?) and a complete lack of pictures of this supposedly awesome upgrade? Can we PLEASE stop posting stories from the dolts at InfoWorld? All we're doing is driving ad impressions on shoddy articles. Mod me as offtopic if you wish. I couldn't care less as I have plenty of karma.

I gotta agree. (2, Insightful)

khasim (1285) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833637)

And the links to their videos ... are links to unrelated videos.

And the "coverage" ... it's non-existent. WHY choose those items? Why THOSE items?

I'm getting the feeling this is more about how someone could spend a HUGE budget instead of how someone could UPGRADE their data center.

Re:I gotta agree. (2, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834001)

HUGE budget? Not even remotely, we recently went from a data closet to a small datacenter and spent significantly more, and in a simpler manner. We went to all HP servers which can be completely remotely managed through their ilo port, no need for crazy PDU's or IP KVM's.

We did go with APC InfraStruXture for racks, kvm, and PDU's, but went with Liebert/Emerson for HVAC and UPS. We don't have traditional raised floor and the APC inline stuff is a bit on the expensive side.

We went from all servers being serviced by a single 60A breaker and a constantly failing APC AC unit (another big reason for not going APC, their name was tarnished even if it wasn't their fault due to shoddy installation) to dual UPS's powered off of separate generators and redundant chillers with separate condensers on the roof. We even managed to do it with only 5 minutes downtime for email/BES.

Re:I gotta agree. (1)

binaryspiral (784263) | more than 6 years ago | (#23840309)

When did HP start charging licensing for iLo? Cheap fuckers, I already bought their servers - ding me another 200 bucks to get a remote console?

Thanks HP, that felt nice.

Re:Lame (2, Funny)

Darein (249382) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833889)

That article pisses me off (like a lot of articles around lately, so little content and lots of ads). I am literally right next door to HIG, so good thing they gave the room number, maybe they will let me take pictures.

Re:Lame (1)

OnlineAlias (828288) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837563)


Not to mention this data center is tiny...I would call it more of a "server room". What this is is poor coverage of a not so interesting subject. Now, if this was a Google data center, color me interested.

Re:Lame (3, Informative)

Das Modell (969371) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833983)

I scanned the pages, found no pictures and immediately lost interest. Why was this posted on Slashdot, exactly?

Re:Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23834035)

I have to agree. Every time I've clicked a link to InfoWorld I've regretted it. Maybe we need a slashdot style firefox plugin. "Warning the article you are clicking links to a Known Lame Site". I could check the status bar, but who wants to do that for every link clicked?

Re:Lame (1)

phreakincool (975248) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835129)

I agree. No actual pictures of said Pimped Datacenter.

FAIL.

Re:Lame (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837201)

Especially since "pimping" is mainly about being seen by those you're targeting. ;)

I wanted to see before and after shots AT LEAST! I read the summary and was thinking. I was wondering what a 50s era data center looked like... and what did they convert the unused space into?

booyha! (3, Funny)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833565)

They've gotta have LED fans in the servers and windowed cases with neons on the inside that pulse to the beat of the music, which is of course playing out some kickers and a biiiiig ass subwoofer :P

Re:booyha! (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837269)

You forgot about the 106" Plasmas on the ceiling that play Xzibit videos on loop.

"deep-dive" ??? (3, Insightful)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833583)

This is about as good an indicator as the phrase "best practice" that the speaker is a douche.

Wait a minute ... (4, Insightful)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833611)

The project -- completed neither on time nor on budget

including state-of-the-art datacenter-planning software

Am I missing something?

Re:Wait a minute ... (1)

reset_button (903303) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833793)

The project -- completed neither on time nor on budget

Editorial coverage includes essential tips for completing a datacenter overhaul

Am I missing something?

Re:Wait a minute ... (1)

dubl-u (51156) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834569)

The project -- completed neither on time nor on budget
There's a phrase for that: over-optimistic planning.

Re:Wait a minute ... (1)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835029)

Maybe they fired up the software on their newly built data center after it was built.

Tips from a project that was late and over budget? (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833615)

Pass. Big pass.

Re:Tips from a project that was late and over budg (3, Informative)

TomRK1089 (1270906) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833733)

Well, this was my first thought too. But consider that now they can tell you how not to do it as well. Experience and all that, you know.

Re:Tips from a project that was late and over budg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23833879)

Meh.

The OS/360 project was hilariously late and expensive, but the lessons learned are still valid today. [amazon.com]

(Not saying this article will become a classic or anything)

In Soviet Russia ... (4, Funny)

mrroot (543673) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833635)

... the Datacenter pimps you

Re:In Soviet Russia ... (3, Funny)

jamesh (87723) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834061)

In Soviet Russia ... the Datacenter pimps you

This is your datacenter management software speaking... due to increasing costs and decreasing revenue there is an opportunity for some umm... after hours work...

Datacentre Pickup Lines (1)

kaiwai (765866) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835619)

"Maybe after you finish slotting that ram into me, I can do likewise to you"

"I have many enhancements which we can both find out later"

PM/.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23833677)

What about pimp my Slashdot?!!?

Where is the chrome?

Where is the neon?

Where is the grill?

Let's get some bling up in this bitch!

Tag: nophotos (5, Insightful)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833717)

Let me get this straight: they are talking about an upgrade from a really old datacentre to a really new one (both of which would make or interesting visuals), and there are no photos in the article, which is split into two short pages of text.

Then, when I click on the link for the videos, it's a bunch of 60-second clips of an interview!

Totally lame.

- RG>

Re:Tag: nophotos (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834503)



    I'm glad I gave up at the article then. I was afraid if I watched the video's, I'd be even more disappointed.

Re:Tag: nophotos (2, Informative)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 6 years ago | (#23836073)

Upon closer inspection, it seems that all of snydeq [slashdot.org] 's submitted stories are multi-page infoworld.com stories, and the one comment that shows up has him plugging yet another infoworld story. (Plus, surprise surprise, his website is listed as infoworld.com)

Looks like a linkwhore to me.

- RG>

Re:Tag: nophotos (1)

TravisO (979545) | more than 6 years ago | (#23841345)

I thought the same exact thing, I want to see pictures, not some guy with his arms crossed for 15mins.

Oh yeah?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23833731)

YA and it has a TV in the fucking ROUTER BEEEEEEEEEEOCH!!!!

They put in a what? (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833743)

... deep-dive coverage ...
Wait, how deep is the pool in that data center?

"Brian, you ain't no pimp, dude" (1)

jahknow (827266) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833749)

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=s-e3iYLaVM8 [youtube.com]

Boy #1 "Brian, you ain't no pimp, dude"
Brian: "Where's my money?"
Girl #1 "That's my money"
-- fenslerfilm gijoe psa18

Hawaii = Huge Data Center Power Bill (5, Informative)

miller60 (554835) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833817)

If you're in Hawaii, you better be pimping the dickens out of your data center. Hawaii has the most expensive electricity in the United States, according to state-by-state energy prices [datacenterknowledge.com] , which show Hawaiian power prices at 16 to 17 cents per kW hour.

Re:Hawaii = Huge Data Center Power Bill (4, Interesting)

popdookey (253795) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834073)

If you're in Hawaii, you better be pimping the dickens out of your data center. Hawaii has the most expensive electricity in the United States, according to state-by-state energy prices [datacenterknowledge.com] , which show Hawaiian power prices at 16 to 17 cents per kW hour.
Actually, with recent cost recovery adjustments, I pay just under .30/kWhr. Yeah, you heard me right.

Re:Hawaii = Huge Data Center Power Bill (1)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834409)

Holy shiat! Makes my 0.07/kWhr in Chicago suburbs super cheap (nor do I feel bad paying said rate anymore). Although, on the downside, I don't live in Hawaii =)

Re:Hawaii = Huge Data Center Power Bill (1)

Ex-MislTech (557759) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835439)

I sure feel lucky here in Oklahoma at 7 cents a KWhr.

Now if they can just fix the job situation here.

I am not holding my breath.

Re:Hawaii = Huge Data Center Power Bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23835855)

Plus, how can you get away from the beach when it's all islands?

Gotta get back and watch more Magnum PI...

A truly inspiring tale... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833881)

Of how the team managed to buy loads of pricey brand-name wizbangs, and skimp on hiring human talent until too late in the process, thereby squandering considerable money and time.

Hmm, sounds oddly similar to so many other stories of troubled tech projects.

I suppose it all comes down to the human preference to optimize the variables that they can easily quantify and tweak, not necessarily the ones that matter.

Re:A truly inspiring tale... (1)

T3Tech (1306739) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834095)

Who said anything about hiring human talent?
Everyone knows that monkeys are great to have in IT and there should be some in every datacenter.

Besides, monkeys are cheap and work for bananas, which just happen to be rather plentiful in Hawaii.


Oh wait, maybe that's the problem...

Yawn . . . (5, Insightful)

jgaynor (205453) | more than 6 years ago | (#23833961)

There's nothing new about anything being done here. Here's what they're ooh-ing and ahh-ing over:

- Hot Aisle / Cold Aisle
- Environmental Monitoring (with Netbotz, how inventive)
- At-a-glance rack power load
- Hard & Soft Remote reboots (LOM, web-enabled PDUs)
- Physical Access Control (card based(!), no biometrics)
- Run-o-the-mill remote console and IPKVM
- Good cable management
- Paying people to move your crap for you

I thought this was gonna be like an iris-scanning, fully Direct Current, liquid cooled, flywheel-UPSed, heat reclaming technological wonderland. Instead it's just more 'throw money at the first google hit.'

Re:Yawn . . . (1)

popdookey (253795) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834039)

I thought this was gonna be like an iris-scanning, fully Direct Current, liquid cooled, flywheel-UPSed, heat reclaming technological wonderland. Instead it's just more 'throw money at the first google hit.'
Welcome to state expenditures in Hawaii where spending OPM, other people's money, is a work of art.

Re:Yawn . . . (2, Insightful)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 6 years ago | (#23837067)

Really, who came up with the idea to ask an editor, and not a datacenter architect, to build this? Why did he get carte blanche to spend 400.000, no questions asked? Recently there was an article on slashdot that datacenter architects are in high demand, but this strikes me as being ridiculous.

Re:Yawn . . . (2, Funny)

T3Tech (1306739) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834335)

But.. but... remote management! so they don't have to drive into the datacenter in the wee hours. This has got to be the best thing since TCP/IP.

Re:Yawn . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23835281)

Wait... why would you need a flywheel UPS if the data-center is "fully Direct Current" :)

Re:Yawn . . . (1)

aproposofwhat (1019098) | more than 6 years ago | (#23836357)

Er...

Power density?

Reliability?

Lifetime?

Lots of reasons. Flywheels don't have to provide AC only.

Re:Yawn . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23838243)

Because he has no idea what he's talking about, and is merely rattling off an incoherent list of buzzwords. DC power in the data center is an unproven technology, and by that I mean no one can actually prove it has noticeable advantages over AC.

Re:Yawn . . . (1)

hakr89 (719001) | more than 6 years ago | (#23836287)

None of this is state of the art.
Over here, we have
- Hot Aisle / Cold Aisle
- At-a-glance rack power load
- Automated Hard Remote reboots (web-enabled PDUs)
- Physical Access Control (biometric)
- Run-o-the-mill remote console and IPKVM
- (Relatively) Good cable management
- people paying us to move their crap for them

Most of this stuff is mandatory for a datacenter nowadays

The new InfoWorld favicon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23834097)

The InfoWorld favicon that Firefox puts in my tab bar looks like a little red lobster, with one claw bigger than the other.

http://www.infoworld.com/favicon.ico [infoworld.com]

No matter how many times I see it, I don't think "stylin' letter 'I' dude!", I think... "lobster"

Hmm, I'm hungry.

Pimp my dataaaaa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23834123)

.. Too lazy to read the source(and the article)... Did MTV make the title?? Speaking of MTV and crappy tv shows and a whole culture in its whole, if they have a "Pimp My Terminal" will they have LCD's on the INSIDE of the computer so you can watch music videos while modding your already pimpped out computer?

Back in 2005 (1, Insightful)

kilodelta (843627) | more than 6 years ago | (#23834219)

I should have submitted the datacenter I was responsible for moving.

It went from two locations (One a closet, the other an ill suited room) to a brand new datacenter with redundant power, cooling, etc.

Only moved 45 servers but still, on-time and on-budget. The planning process is what kept it sane.

You Fkail It (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23834263)

crisc+o or lube.

Where do I sign up to win a free ipod? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23834305)

And where's my free white paper download? Where's my chance to win one of five free prizes from APC?

Seriously, this is just another in a long line of crappy APC advertisements, this one disguised as a news piece.

If you need marketing consultants then by all means, call APC.

If you need reliable power and cooling, do yourself a favor and go with Liebert or Tripp-Lite. No ipod giveaways, but they do make some nice IT infrastructure products.

Frist Stop (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23835473)

Tacky (1)

jandersen (462034) | more than 6 years ago | (#23835951)

I haven't been able to connect to the site for some reason... Still, when has evidence ever been required for when I voice my infallible opinion?

There is a reason why it is called 'pimping': it means that it is full of tasteless glitter with little to no functional benefit, which will in a few years look distinctly goofy. Just take a look at any episode of the first series of Star Trek - no doubt it was thought of as very impressive when it was filmed, but now it looks like what some pre-teen has banged up with his Lego set.

Servicing Glitches? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23837305)

Where do I sign up to service their hot Hawaiian glitches on the beach?

wtf, no pictures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23839153)

Wtf, There were 2 pages of them jacking themselves off, 8 videos of a fat hawaiian standing in front of palm trees talking about his data center, and related 6 page article of more jacking themselves off. A roof with condensors he thought he would show us because we care about rust in hawaii... and not a single picture of the data center itself!
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