- Traditional Data centre – Energy Provider & Green-SLAs: The AKT trial facility is focused on the data centre / energy provider interoperability aspects, specially peak load detection and metering on the different layers of data centre operation, as well as communication settling between data centre and energy provider. In achieving the goal of proactive and managed control of IT resources following possible supply side requests, a control system is implemented, embedding measuring systems and control mechanisms for load control and shifting. During the execution of trial activities, AKT, SWP and University of Passau will assess the feasibility of the created monitoring and management processes. The work on the trial facility will mainly focus on operational aspects of AKT’s data centre and SWP’s energy facilitiesI, in close cooperation with the University of Passau,it will comprise diverse activities of developing, adjusting and creating tools and protocols serving the construction of a managed data centre / power provider sub-ecosystem.
Data centre Federation: The Wind trial is focused on evaluating the ICT energy reduction efforts within the data centre ecosystem through moving computational load and services across a federation of IT data centres sites. Data centres federation is an aggressive strategy for meeting requests from energy providers to shape energy consumption according to the requirements of the energy source. The optimization will operate on top of the existing data centre management environment. In this scenario, applications and services are dynamically allocated, according to decision policies considering the power impact of networks connectivity and existing re-deployment capabilities. By distributing computing tasks and resources across a federation of data centres with different energy related characteristics, it will be possible to capitalize on additional freedom degrees (with potentially high impacts relevance on the optimization strategies) by leveraging:
- data centres located in different Italian regions, with consequent implications on cooling requirements due to external temperature differences gradients between Northern and Southern part of the Italy;
- data centres located in regions where different power sources are available (solar, wind turbines …), at different costs, also taking into account that some Wind data centres are equipped with solar panels in order to reduce pollution.
- Cloud Data Centre & Green-SLAs: HP Italy Innovation Centre (IIC), in line with its mission "to provide competitive advantage to HP and to HP’s customer through innovation", leads a Cloud Computing Initiative aimed at helping customers to understand what Cloud Computing is, evaluate possible impacts and benefits of Cloud Computing on their IT, experiment Cloud Computing open technologies in a real lab, host and demonstrate results of research projects in the area of Cloud Computing. The Cloud Computing Initiative may exploit a Lab cloud infrastructure, which will host an All4Green test bed:. It is a small scale cloud computing environment, hosting software development and run-time environments based on both open and proprietary technologies, like HP Matrix OE or Open Stack. This testbed, will allow to run a Cloud specific Green-SLA experimentation, allowing to assess the technical implications and the interaction with cloud automation frameworks when enacting All4Green specific energy saving actions. As we could learn from the recent FIT4Green experience, and from several Proof and Concept on different cloud environments setup by HP at specific customer sites, the lab scale of the testbed is not going to affect the significance of the measured results. On the other hand, the multi-cloud platform capability of the testbed will allow to increase the value of obtained results, not necessarily binding them to one specific cloud framework. To avoid misunderstandings, it is important to clarify the role of Cloud Computing technology within the project scope. Cloud Computing is not an enabling technology for All4Green, it’s rather a specific target environment for the components developed by the project. Since (as even underlined by FIT4Green) Cloud Computing has different characteristics and drivers with respect to Traditional Computing, it’s worth devoting a specific testbed to the chances of applying Green SLAs, load patterns and federation opportunities to a Cloud Computing environment.