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eBay's Modular Data Center Deployment: Breaking New Ground on Efficiency
Presenter: Dean Nelson, Vice President of Global Foundation Services, eBay

Monday, May 14, 2012
Mission City Ballroom
10:00-10:30 am

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Phoenix, Arizona: This sprawling metropolis located in the Sonoran desert is home to scorching five-month-long summers, an average of only 7 inches of rainfall per year, and, unexpectedly, one of the most efficient data centers ever built.

While the online auction site eBay chose this Southwestern city out of necessity, what it has accomplished with its containerized data center facility, deemed “Project Mercury,” is unprecedented. As part of its effort to consolidate data centers and deploy tens of thousands of new servers, eBay constructed a hot-water-cooled data center that operates at temperatures as high as 115 Fahrenheit and even has rooftop containers that sit in direct sunlight. Mechanical cooling is required only a few days per year.

EBay designed Project Mercury around The Green Grid’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric and Data Center Maturity Model (DCMM) best practices to optimize the facility, which saw an average PUE of 1.35 during a one-week period in January. The organization, which previously ran a number of different hardware designs, found that a key to Project Mercury’s efficiency was the standardization of its servers. The modular data center is scalable and capable of handling extremely high densities.

You can learn more about Project Mercury at this year’s Uptime Institute Symposium, where Dean Nelson, eBay’s Vice President of Global Foundation Services, will talk about how eBay built one of the world’s most efficient data centers in one of the harshest climates in the U.S.

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