From Critical Facilities Summit 2013 – Data Center Capacity
Christopher Wade, MFE, CBCP – Resilient Mission-Critical Solutions
Sherman Ikemoto – Future Facilities Inc.,
If there is ever a place where the “bigger is better” philosophy does not apply, it’s in the realm of data centers, where the cost of overbuilding can undermine the benefits of uptime and reliability. At $10 to $30M per MW, data center capacity is a major, capital investment for any company. After the investment has been made, each unit of capacity must be put to good use in the same way that companies need production from each employee.
However, most data centers never fully utilize its capacity potential. In fact, on average 30% of data center capacity is lost to non-optimal management of IT resources. At the same time, underestimating the need for either additional space or equipment can be disastrous to an organization.
This session explored the key considerations in the decision to expand data center capacity, including ways to avoid the common pitfalls of overbuilding, and to cut through the perceived capacity needs to determine the true requirements of a data center based upon an organization’s specific performance, security and reliability needs.
The session also discussed the causes of lost capacity and once lost, how it can be reclaimed. In addition a new methodology based on standard techniques used to design centers will be presented as a means to proactively address lost capacity issues before they are committed to the data center.
-Discuss the cost of overbuilding and its potential impact on uptime and reliability
-Review key considerations in the decision to expand data center capacity
-Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of overbuilding
-Understand how to determine the true capacity requirements of a data center based upon specific performance, security and reliability needs
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