Determining the Power, Cooling, and Space Capacities When Consolidating Datacentres
Wendy Torell, and Patrick Donovan, Senior Research Analysts at Schneider Electric’s Datacentre Science Centre, explain how to establish the various capacities and capabilities of different site’s physical infrastructure when consolidating multiple facilities into an existing datacentre.
Comtec Power has announced a new white paper from Schneider Electric a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services. “Determining the Power, Cooling, and Space Capacities when Consolidating Datacentres” is available for free download from the Comtec Power website.
Just as IT assets, network bandwidth, compute power, and the level of virtualisation are determined as part of any datacentre consolidation analysis, it is also critical to have an accurate understanding of each site’s physical infrastructure capabilities. Using a series of illustrations and examples, this new white paper provides a methodology to establish and compare data centre capacities on a like-for-like basis. This is vital information – a key input for deciding which sites will become the ‘receiving’ datacentres.
Nick Ewing, director at Comtec Power
Making comparisons between different datacentres can be difficult. It can lead to serious problems including gross over-provisioning of resources or, conversely, not having enough power, cooling, or space capacity to meet user needs. Current capacity, utilisation, and scalability for future growth all need to be understood before deciding which facilities will become the receiving host. Since there can be wide differences in the size, architecture, and management and reporting structures of the datacentres involved in any given project, specifying these capabilities may seem to be a daunting task.
White Paper #177 from Schneider Electric describes a simple, cost-effective and standardised approach for establishing current conditions and future capabilities of each datacentre. In addition, it provides guidance about the steps that need to be taken to make good judgments about how much can be consolidated and which sites make the most sense for becoming receiving datacentres. The new document makes good use of case studies to illustrate their approach: It quotes an example from the Department of Defence where the Schneider Electric methodology was used to asses five datacentres for consolidation, and to identify changes that would result in energy savings, operating expense reduction and increased availability.