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Junipers 3-2-1

F.Y. Teng | June 3, 2010
Asia Pacific Enterprise Architect Greg Bunt and the deep dive into architecture and data centre economics.

In this, the second part (the first part being Making it One) of our exclusive interview with Greg Bunt, Asia Pacific Enterprise Architect at Juniper Networks, he delves further into the architecture of the next generation data centre and its inherent power to reduce complexity, operational costs and carbon footprints.

You make it sound like having a single fabric means greater flexibility and speed of service delivery to the business at no extra cost…
It could mean the end of tradeoffs. If you look at all the fundamental things that were trying to help customers achieve. Im not going to talk about every one of them right now. But if we look at green tech, clearly it is still a very important part of the plans of most enterprises.

That is certainly the case with multinational companies and in Singapore-based companies. One of the risks of having a data centre in Singapore is that the cost of power is directly tied to the price of natural gas and other resources. So the price of oil, its at US$70 todayif it becomes US$140 tomorrow, you will see a direct correlation to the price of energy in Singapore, you may see your energy costs double. Anything that can be done to improve the experience of the customer yet drive costs down when it comes to power, is of benefit. And the side effect of that is you get a good green effect.

Isnt everyone saying that?
Youve heard Juniper talk about how were going to drive costs out of the data centre and honestly if you look at the market data available, there is a marked distance between ourselves and our competitor. If you think of all the things that I mentioned earlier during this interviewpower consumption, space, latency, maintenance costs et ceteratheres a very significant gap between the two of us when it comes to the capital expenditure and all of the ongoing costs over, say, three years. And in our case, weve outlined specifically where the cost savings and some of them are fairly apparent.

By decreasing the number of device interactions from our competitors products, which is the five and a half thousand down to 200, youd realise some incredibly significant savings when it comes complexity. And when you drive complexity out, it means that theres potential for lower cost economies, and theres potential to do a number of different things.

The same goes with power consumption. A data centre here in Singapore, if they can drive 30 percent out of their power costs, theyre pretty happy about it. Because anything more is not very likely in this part of the world. We have too many airconditioning alternatives or cooling alternatives other than refrigerative airconditioning.

 

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