Japan Data Center Council Meeting in Osaka

Japan Data Center Council (JDCC) is an organization consisting of data center operators, IT and facilities equipment providers, and other data center service providers. They usually hold meetings, seminars, and workshops in Tokyo, but towards the end of the year they hold a workshop in Osaka. I gave a talk there on new trends in US data centers that attracted a good number of people.

Here’s a short summary of the workshop.

Like similar organizations in the United States, JDCC has several special interest groups, which they call working groups. Different groups focus on planning, market research, environmental policies, human resources, international competitiveness, environment and standards, facilities standards, security, and networking.

The first presentation was by Atsushi Yamanaka of IDC Frontier, a data center operator, who reported on power saving efforts in the Tokyo region. Such information will be useful for data center operators in the Osaka region because that area will probably experience the same hardship this winter that Tokyo did this summer.

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Recall that Yamanaka and I presented the state of data centers in Japan in the aftermath of the major quake in March.

After the JDCC organizational introduction, Hiromasa Fuchi of NEC explained what NEC did to save power. He also referred to what JDCC published to help save power for its members.

Following that, Kohsei Ichikawa of Kajima (the largest construction company in Japan) described some details of the March earthquake. He said that one high-rise (53 stories) building in downtown Tokyo shook continuously for 13 minutes, even though the actual earthquake lasted only 60 seconds or so. He also reviewed JDCC’s new requirements for earthquakes. Among the new findings in the aftermath of the disaster are that the power grid can go offline (its availability used to be as natural as air before the quake) and that in spite of preferred customer contracts to obtain fuel for emergency generators, the breakdown in the supply channel prevented the securing of sufficient fuel.

Fukuda of Mitsubishi Research Institute briefed us on what the Tokyo Metropolitan government is doing about GHG control as it relates to data center operations. Osaka does not have a similar law, and data center operators in Osaka could learn from this example.

Haruyoshi Yagi of Fujitsu talked about the environmental standards working group’s efforts to improve PUE, then Naohiro Masunaga of Nomura Research Institute discussed his working group’s findings after visiting data centers in Singapore and Malaysia.

Ogura of Hitachi reported what is needed to secure good people for data center operations in Japan. I then gave a talk on data center trends in the United States. My topics included DCIM tools, higher temperature in cooling, modularity, metrics, hardware/data center standards by the Open Compute Project, electricity distribution, and the impacts of cloud computing.

Zen Kishimoto

About Zen Kishimoto

Seasoned research and technology executive with various functional expertise, including roles in analyst, writer, CTO, VP Engineering, general management, sales, and marketing in diverse high-tech and cleantech industry segments, including software, mobile embedded systems, Web technologies, and networking. Current focus and expertise are in the area of the IT application to energy, such as smart grid, green IT, building/data center energy efficiency, and cloud computing.

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