In my initial blog of this series, I pointed out that modular
data centers are a vital step in the future of data centers because they
provide the flexibility to expand based on need. When it comes to capacity,
however, it’s hard to be certain about how much capacity is going to be needed.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways of measuring capacity.
At one time, capacity
was measured by examining the amount of space, power and cooling utilized. Organizations are now looking at the data
center as a ‘factory’, evaluating the amount of equipment available in it, how
productive that kit is and where improvements and efficiencies can be made
versus competitors. In the IT space, the biggest competitors - in my view - are
the hyperscale cloud
The enterprise versus the hyperscale provider
The differences in operational
efficiency between hyperscale companies and an enterprise are many and varied. A
hyperscale provider has the ability to do four or five particular things at a
large scale, but the enterprise has many more things to manage.
While it’s no surprise
that the complex, multi-layered enterprise has more elements to manage, it is
good to know that there are new tools available to help them do so.
Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions enable enterprises
to measure the amount of work obtained out of every watt sent into the IT
equipment and to use this data to drive new efficiencies. In 2013, the Ponemon Institute researched data center
outages and found that facilities equipped with DCIM recovered from outages 85 percent faster than those without it, making DCIM a vital
tool to enterprises wanting to take their data centers to the next level.
More data, smarter decisions
Diving deeper into the
productivity of IT equipment empowers data center managers to make more informed
decisions in real-time, optimize the investment and use of IT resources. Power usage
effectiveness (PUE) targets should be continuously lowered, but eventually
facility improvement reaches a limit given the data center’s basic design.
Effective use of IT energy, enabled with DCIM tools, picks up where PUE management
alone begins to fail.
These tools and
systems are essential for enterprises to remain competitive against their peers
and also against major hyperscale players.
have a question about the challenges and innovations for the
modern data center? Leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond.