As data grows, so do data centres. And as data centres grow, so do their power demands. High‑density blade servers can deliver more processing power in a smaller footprint, but they also bring higher power costs—three to five times as much as previous‑generation equipment. With energy required both to power the computing infrastructure and to cool heat‑generating servers, conservation isn’t easy. But as utility rates rise, power and cooling accounts for more of data centre operating costs. IDC estimates that for every dollar spent on new hardware, organizations must spend an additional 66 cents on power and cooling. To keep these costs down, a complete power and cooling strategy is necessary. With the right solutions in place, you can get better control of your climate and your budget.
A data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) system collects and manages information about a data centre’s equipment, resource use, and operational status. This information is then distributed, integrated, analyzed, and applied in ways that help managers meet organization and service‑oriented goals and optimize their datacentre’s performance. In practice, DCIM systems may vary widely in focus, and complete solutions are likely to consist of a framework or suite of products, from one or many suppliers, that are designed to interoperate or complement each other. The close interworking of IT and mechanical/electrical systems will increasingly lead to the deployment of solutions that span datacentre facility infrastructure, physical IT assets, and virtual IT assets.
How Will Power And Cooling Solutions Benefit My Organization?
By implementing a comprehensive power and cooling strategy, you can:
- Reduce utility costs
- Improve utilization and efficiencies of systems
- Improve system cooling
- Improve infrastructure agility to meet future demands
- Increase visibility and manageability of data centre
How Can I Help My Organization Embrace Power And Cooling Solutions?
When evaluating power and cooling solutions, it is important to ask the following questions:
- How are you currently meeting environmental policy initiatives?
- How many physical servers do you have, and how well are they utilized?
- How many resources are dedicated to data centre maintenance and support?
- When will you run out of capacity, and how do you know when you do?
- How do you measure the impact of a Data Centre Event?
Getting Started With Power and Cooling
Your Account Manager and certified Solution Architects are ready to assist you with every phase of choosing and leveraging the right solution for your IT environment. Our approach includes:
- An initial discovery session to understand your goals, requirements, and budget
- An assessment review of your existing environment and definition of project requirements
- Detailed vendor evaluations, recommendations, future design and proof of concept
- Procurement, configuration, and deployment of the final solution
- Ongoing product lifecycle support