2In Charge of AMD’s Consolidation Effort
3AMD Data Center From the Outside
4At the Controls
Lamar Washington, critical environment manager for AMD at the Georgia data center, talks about the building management system that enables administrators to keep track of everything going on in the facility, from the health of the servers to the amount of power being used. AMD employs 21 people to keep the data center up and running.
5Getting Systems Ready for Use
6AMD’s Diamond Data Hall
The Suwanee data center, which is being built in a modular fashion, has room for up to 10 data halls. Currently, two are up and running, including the Diamond Data Hall, which is pictured here. Each data hall is 1,500 square feet, and runs servers from Hewlett-Packard and Dell, as well as AMD’s own ServerMicro business.
7Powering AMD’s Business
These HP servers, housed in the Citrine Data Hall, are among those being used by AMD to run its business and engineering operations. The two data halls house 204 racks of computing equipment. By virtualizing more than 90 percent of its servers, AMD was able to decommission 76 percent of the physical systems and 72 percent of the virtual machines used in Austin. The company also compressed rack space by 45 percent.
8Keeping the Hot Aisles Hot
9The Cycle of Data Center Air
Cold air is pumped from the floor into the cold aisles, then sucked in through the front of the racks to cool the equipment. The hot air is discharged out the back of the racks into the hot aisles, where the air is moved through vents in the ceiling and into these cooling units, where the air is cooled and sent back into the data center. Nine cooling units are used for each data hall.
10Powering the Data Halls
11Storage for Tape Storage
12Looking Into the Future
14Laying the Groundwork
15The Fresh Georgia Air
Given its Southern location, AMD doesn’t use outside “free” air much to help cool the Suwanee facility. However, there are times when it’s cold enough outside—like around 45 degrees or lower—that the air can be used, Washington said. The orange pipes pictured here help bring in air from the outside.
16Keeping the Air Safe
17Cooling the Data Center
18Keeping the Water Cool
19In Case of Water Emergency
Should anything disrupt the main water supply, data center administrators can tap the water in this 60,000-gallon storage tank, which AMD’s Washington said would give the facility about 36 minutes of water.