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Foundation of Green IT: Consolidation, Virtualization, Efficiency, and ROI in the Data Center 1st Edition

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""This book comprehensively discusses design considerations for the truly energy efficient data center."" Scott Davis, Chief Data Center Architect, Office of the CTO, VMware, Inc. This Book Isn't About "Evangelizing" Green It: It's About Getting Down in the Trenches and Making It Work In "Foundations of Green IT," a team of leading Green IT consultants presents the detailed technical information data center professionals need to systematically identify the right improvements, implement them, maximize savings, and accurately calculate business value. Marty Poniatowski and his team present comprehensive case studies reflecting their unsurpassed Green IT experience, complete with detailed implementation diagrams and performance information. You'll find independent, detailed coverage of solutions from HP, VMware, EMC, Cisco, and other leading vendors, with optimized sample designs and realistic ROI projections. Whether you're a CIO or IT director, architect or administrator, if you want to improve IT efficiency, this is your definitive resource. Three comprehensive, start-to-finish case studies Analyze current environments, set goals, define implementation plans, and calculate ROI for: - Server and desktop consolidation and virtualization - Data center backup/recovery/archiving, including replication - Networking, including VoIP background Plus practical coverage of these Green IT topics: - Designing data centers for greater efficiency and lower power usage - Leveraging cloud computing - Consolidating Microsoft SQL Server instances - Reducing PC-related power usage and waste About CDI, the company behind this book: This book was written collaboratively by many CDI technical experts, led by Marty Poniatowski. CDI is an infrastructure services firm with practices focusing on virtualization, storage, networking, data center design, and other "green" services. It has clients in all industries, notably financial services, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare.

About the Author

Marty Poniatowski is the Chief Technology Officer managing all pre-sales and consulting technical experts at Computer Design and Integration LLC. Marty leads the Professional Services Group, which includes numerous practices that perform project-related consulting as well as staff augmentation. The pre-sales team of experts craft complex solutions for customers using the latest available technologies.

 

Marty is responsible not only for the teams he manages but also keeping abreast of all industry trends and technologies. Foundations of Green IT: Consolidation, Virtualization, Efficiency, and ROI in the Data Center was written in conjunction with many members of Marty’s technical staff. This book covers all key technologies that CDI implements in client environments, including many key assessments that result in a quick ROI.

 

Prior to joining CDI, Marty was a Principal Solution Architect and a published author with Hewlett-Packard Company for 20 years in the New York area. He has worked with hundreds of Hewlett-Packard customers in media and entertainment, consulting services, Internet startups, and manufacturing.

 

Marty began his career as an Electrical Design Engineer on military computer systems at United Technologies Corporation. He performed numerous designs in this position, including his first chip-level design. Before joining HP, Marty was the manager of a design group at startup Canaan Computer Corporation. Marty performed chip and board level computer design and managed the design group in this position.

 

Marty has been widely published in computer industry trade publications, including over 50 articles on various computer-related topics. He is also the author of 16 Prentice-Hall and one self-published book on computer- related topics.

 

Marty holds an M.S. in Information Systems from New York University (NYU) Polytechnic Institute (NY, NY), an M.S. in Management from the University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT), and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Roger Williams University (Bristly, RI).

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137043759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137043750
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marty Poniatowski is a Senior Director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He manages the presales technical experts in the U.S. east for many technical disciplines. His focus is on the strategic initiatives of cloud, security, big data, and mobility.

During his career Marty has written the 17 books listed on this amazon.com page, and 50 articles on various technical topics.

Marty holds graduate degrees in Information Technology (New York University) and Management, and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.

email: marty.poniatowski@hpe.com

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Mr. Poniatowski covers all the hot topics of "Green IT" which is relevant to the times we live in today - The book looks at what every IT professional is dealing with, and that's power or lack of it due to the ever increasing demand, e-waste and it's plague on our planet, going paperless, TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), ROI (Return on Investment) and other related topics, all centered around the "Green" movement. This book is well thought out and addresses the key issues in a manner which provides a clear understanding of various choices that can be made to help make the environment better. Information Technology (IT) is the lifeblood of every aspect of our civilization. By considering the importance of Green IT as one of the parameters to be addressed during their decision making and making some green IT choices, Executives can help minimize the impact of Information Technology installations on the environment. I found this book very informative.
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I doubt that there are any computer centers or IT departments today that aren’t having budget problems. Yet if you look at the ordinary site, you’ll find that some application gets defined, they guy a server to handle it, over time everything begins to grow so that there are more servers, more storage, more everything. This procedure seems to happen with each new application. So you soon have a room full of servers using power, using cooling, taking up space. And since the old servers never seem to die, you will find that there is a collection of one and two processor, one and two core servers still being used.

I found the most useful part of his book is an analysis of what these servers are costing and the savings that are available by converting them to newer more efficient hardware. I know, that makes me sound like the HP/Dell/IBM salesman. But it turns out to be true. The book gives some simple ways to calculate the overall cost of using a batch of older servers or consolidating the power you need in fewer more powerful units. The analysis includes how much memory do you really need, from the smaller servers that probably only have two to four gig of memory, and memory has gotten cheap. I haven’t looked, but I doubt that you can buy servers that small any more. Some of his other comments make a lot of sense. For instance buying printers that have automatic duplex (both sides of the sheet) printing save lots of paper.

Most of the authors analysis concentrates on what’s available on the latest equipment. It may be that you do not need the latest and greatest. Look a little at used equipment, sometimes organizations are selling surprisingly late date hardware at very low prices. I recently saw an HP DL 585 quad CPU with quad cores and 32 GB of memory for sale at something like $129. Basically this book will help you to analyze what you really need.
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Foundations of Green IT comes at a very important time in the IT industry and I think Mr Poniatowski does a great job of bringing the most pressing issues forward. Cost savings are paramount to organizations looking for an edge in today's marketplace and this book highlights such cost saving solutions as virtualization and consolidation. I think it's also very telling that the book looks forward to cloud computing and the future of consolidation as the pace of change is ever increasing. It's a very helpful resource for both IT professionals and those looking to learn more about making your infrastructure more "green".
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I found Mr. Poiniatowski's book to be informative and well-written. The chapters were well organized with just the right amount of illustrations to bring the information together. Green IT is a very hot topic these days. Mr. Poiniatowski expounds on this topic in a way that is insightful, thoughtful and to the point.

I have read many technical books over the years but this is one of the first that I actually found entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone in IT who wants to help save the planet while saving money at the same time!
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Foundations of Green IT: Consolidation, Virtualization, Efficiency and ROI in the Data Center is a pick for any college-level computer collection strong in networking issues. It comes from a team of leading Green IT consultants and provides technical information and case studies for consolidation, better design, and reducing PC waste. Technical specifics make this a powerful recommendation.
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