eBay Seeks Energy ‘Sweet Spot’

With more than 16,000 servers, managing infrastructure is a major challenge for othe online auction giant eBay. Heather Peck, senior manager of infrastructure at eBay, described some of the challenges in an interview with SearchDataCenter.com. Peck says eBay is dealing with data center energy usage on a daily basis, and seeking a “sweet spot” that balances the need for both horsepower and efficiency. “It’s very fluid,” said Peck. “The data centers we’re building today – we’re building them with the information we have now. In four years the data center design needs are going to be refreshed, which fortunately also matches the refresh cycle of hardware.” Not surprisingly, Peck expects the energy managment challenges to continue:

It’s going to get worse. And then as systems get more power efficient – as they are starting to do – there will be new bottlenecks to deal with. Getting more power efficient means denser environments, which require more networks ports, better cooling, stronger racks, more cabling – which all present a challenge. It’s going to take constant retrofitting to deal with each issue as we come across it.

For the rest of the interview, see Matt Stansberry’s article at SearchDataCenter.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.