Art of the Data Center, The: A Look Inside the World's Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments
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Douglas Alger is a newspaper reporter turned Data Center guy who has worked for more than 15 years in Data Center operations, physical design, architecture, project management, and more. He hosts the Data Center Deconstructed blog and has written two other books, Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business and Grow a Greener Data Center. Doug is an IT Architect at Cisco. He previously was a writer and editor in the News & Publications office of Syracuse University and a full-time stringer for the Los Angeles Times, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Northridge Earthquake. Doug has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State University.
Today, data centers are the beating hearts of the companies they serve. Data centers process billions of Internet transactions every day. It's therefore critical for companies and IT organizations to understand the state-of-the-art in data center design. Narrow aspects - such as cooling, wiring, or power usage - are often the subject of technical documents. But it's rare to find a holistic view of how a great data center was designed - until now. In The Art of the Data Center, Cisco's Douglas Alger takes you behind the scenes at eighteen of the world's most innovative data centers. Through interviews with their designers, Alger reveals why key decisions were made, and shows how construction and other challenges were overcome. He goes behind the scenes with pioneering companies like Cisco, eBay, Facebook, and Yahoo! presenting design lessons that can be applied in widely diverse environments.
Readers will encounter amazing data centers like these:
- A data center built into a 1920s chapel
- A data center built in an underground military bunker, with artificial daylight, manmade waterfalls, and submarine engines providing standby power
- A data center inspired by a chicken coop
- The world's first all solar data center
Do you have a Safari Books Online account? Have a look and a listen, too! The Safari edition of this book includes 8 audio recordings from the author describing lessons learned, industry trends and general insights as well as more detailed explanations of certain Data Center topics raised within the profiles. Links to these recordings appear throughout the book, wherever the topic is discussed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A tour of some of the worlds more interesting data centers,
This review is from: The Art of the Data Center: A Look Inside the World's Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments (Paperback)Even if you aren't a data center geek there is still some great stories here. Through a series of interviews, you are taken on a tour of some of the world's most unique data centers, from an underground former nuclear bunker in downtown Stockholm to ones that are solar and geothermal powered. There are discussions about the ways that the data center can leverage the local climate to save on cooling and how Facebook builds its computers to its own specs, squeezing every bit of efficiency out of them.
Compared to the hatch job of a recent series of New York Times feature articles, this is a book well worth reading and full of insights and innovative ways that will influence the next decade's worth of data center designs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Art of the Data Center: A Look Inside the World's Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments (Paperback)Having built out a small business data center and remodeled another two, this was very interesting. I love the security by obscurity that most major data centers deploy. A lot of huge installations look like the back of a Walmart, until you get into one and then it feels like you're in the Matrix! This book goes into the art of powering and cooling some of the most technologically advanced data centers in the world, and the back bone of the information super highway! Very cool.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Data centers can be inspiring,
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This review is from: The Art of the Data Center: A Look Inside the World's Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments (Paperback)Stunning pictures, I would love to work in some of these places -- especially the James Bond cave (former nuclear bunker) and the chapel (now a supercomputing facility). Tremendous variety. Purpose-built structures on flat land in the middle of North America, historic buildings re-purposed, and that cave. Text has interviews with the people who designed and operate the facilities, from which we can learn a great deal about the practical issues they had to solve with their designs. Power, cooling, tornado protection, etc., etc., are all discussed. A major tradeoff is how far apart to put the primary and secondary data centers: too close together and there is higher risk of losing both to a common disaster. But having them fairly close together has major advantages: a low-latency dark fiber link allows operating them as though they are a single facility, and staff are a short drive from either site.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 ACT
Chapter 2 Affordable Internet Services Online (AISO)
Chapter 3 Bahnhof
Chapter 4 Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Chapter 5 Calcul Quebec
Chapter 6 Cisco
Chapter 7 Citi
Chapter 8 Digital Realty Trust
Chapter 9 eBay
Chapter 10 Facebook
Chapter 11 Green House Data
Chapter 12 IBM
Chapter 13 Intel
Chapter 14 IO
Chapter 15 NetApp
Chapter 16 Syracuse University
Chapter 17 TerremarkChapter 18 Yahoo!
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